© 2016

The Attribute of Water

Single Notion, Multiple Myths


Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 113)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 1-24
  3. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 25-48
  4. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 49-80
  5. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 81-101
  6. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 103-123
  7. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 125-146
  8. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 147-173
  9. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 175-202
  10. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 203-243
  11. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 245-279
  12. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 281-304
  13. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 305-363
  14. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 365-373
  15. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 375-391
  16. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 393-418
  17. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 419-453
  18. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 455-477
  19. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages 479-488
  20. Chang Q. Sun, Yi Sun
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book features the latest advances and future trends in water science and technology. It also discusses the scientific popularization and quantitative resolution of a variety of mysterious properties of water and ice from the perspective of hydrogen-bond cooperativity in response to stimuli such as chemical contamination, electrification, magnetification, mechanical compression, molecular undercoordination, and thermal excitation. Anomalies include the floating of ice, the Hofmeister effect in solutions, regelation of ice, slipperiness of ice, water’s tough skin, the Mpemba paradox, and the floating bridge. It also addresses the superfluidity of microchannels, hydrogen bond potentials, nanodroplet and bubble thermodynamics, quasisolidity and supersolidity, controlling superhydrophobicity–superhydrophilicity transition, and high-pressure ice formation. The target audience for this book includes students, senior scholars, engineers and practitioners in the area of physical chemistry, biology, as well as aqueous and colloid solutions.


Structure of Water Hydrogen Bond Cooperativity Hydrogen Bond Potentials Hydrogen Bond Electrification Polarization and Induction Phase Diagram Quasisolidity and Supersolidity Floating of Ice Regelation of Ice Slipperiness of ice Armstrong Floating Bridge Hofmeister Effect Mpemba Paradox Water Tough Skin Nanodroplets and Nanobubbles Phonon Spectrometrics Lagrangian Mechanics Fourier Thermo-fluid Transportation Quantum Computing Multifield Coupling

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Electrical and Electronic EngineeringNanyang Technological University Electrical and Electronic EngineeringSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.China Jiliang UniversityHangzhouChina

About the authors

Yi Sun, received her BSc degree in Physics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2008, her M.A. in Economics and PhD degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 2016. Besides the current project, she has been devoted to the electron spectrometrics of binding energy shift of graphene, Ni/TiO2 and Pt/CNT nanocrystals and interfaces and the superhydrophilicity, superfluidity, superlubricity, and supersolidity at the nanometric contacts from the perspective of undercoordination induced quantum entrapment and polarization. She received the Commonwealth Edison/Bristow Award in Physics and was named a Chancellor’s Scholar at UIUC in 2008.

Chang Q Sun, FRSC, FInstP, received his BSc degree in 1982 from Wuhan University of Science and Technology and an MSc degree in 1987 from Tianjin University, China and served on its faculty until 1992. He earned his PhD in Surface Physics at Murdoch University, Australia in 1996. 
Dr Sun has focused on the advancement of Coordination Bond and Electronic Engineering and created a set of theoretical, numerical, and experimental strategies with multiple breakthroughs: 1) hydrogen-bond cooperative relaxation dynamics and H2O anomalies; 2) bond-band-barrier (3B) correlation for C, N, O chemisorption 3B dynamics and heterocoordination chemistry including impurities and interfaces; 3) bond-order-length-strength (BOLS) correlation for the undercoordination physics including point defects, liquid and solid skins, and nanosolids of various shapes; 4) nonbonding electron polarization (NEP) at sites of edges and apexes; 5) local-bond-average (LBA) approach for solid meso-mechano-thermo dynamics; 6) BOLS-TB algorithm and 7) coordination-resolved electron spectrometrics; 8) phonon spectrometrics of multifield bonding dynamics; 9) STM/S/VLEED quantification of four-stage Cu3O2 bonding kinetics; and 10) functional materials devise, etc. 

His contribution has been featured in two monographs, the present The Attribute of Water and the Relaxation of the Chemical Bond (Springer, 2014; Chinese edition published by High Education Press, Beijing, 2015), and multiple treatises published in Friction (2015), Chemical Reviews (2015; 2012), Coordination Chemistry Reviews (2015), Progress in Solid State Chemistry (2015; 2007; 2006), Surface Science Reports (2013), Progress in Materials Science (2009; 2003), Energy and Environment Science (2011), Science in China (2012), Nanoscale (2010), etc. Breakthroughs in water research have been featured by numerous media such as Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mails, Physics Today, IOP News, Chemical World, Chem Views, Nature Chemistry, New Scientist, etc.

Dr Sun was conferred the First Laureate of the 25th Khwarizmi International Science Award in 2012 and the Inaugural Nanyang Award of Research in 2005, and finalist of Singapore Presidential/National Science Award in 2012 and 2003. He is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board for multiple scientific journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Attribute of Water
  • Book Subtitle Single Notion, Multiple Myths
  • Authors Chang Q Sun
    Yi Sun
  • Series Title Springer Series in Chemical Physics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Ser. Chem. Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-0178-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-9096-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-0180-2
  • Series ISSN 0172-6218
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXI, 494
  • Number of Illustrations 243 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Atomic/Molecular Structure and Spectra
    Water, general
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