NMR Studies of Preferentially Oriented Water at Interfaces

  • D. E. Woessner
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 4)


The hydrogen nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrum of bulk liquid water is a single, narrow line. This narrow singlet spectrum is observed because the molecules have rapid rotational and translational motions together with random orientations in the magnetic field of the spectrometer. However, the water molecule is somewhat electrically non-spherical and, as has been shown1, instantaneous local order of molecular position and orientation does exist in the liquid. The rapid molecular motions result in a random average orientation if a given molecule is observed for even a short time interval such as 10-10 second.


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  • D. E. Woessner
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  1. 1.Mobil Research and Development CorporationDallasUSA

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