Aquaphotomics: Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Water States in Biological Systems

  • Roumiana TsenkovaEmail author
  • Zoltan Kovacs
  • Yosuke Kubota
Part of the Subcellular Biochemistry book series (SCBI, volume 71)


Aquaphotomics is a new discipline that provides a framework for understanding changes in water molecular system presented as a water spectral pattern, to mirror the rest of the solution and to give a holistic description related to system functionality. One of its main purposes is to identify water bands as main coordinates of future absorbance patterns to be used as a system biomarker. This chapter presents the Aquaphotomics methodology and illustrates a way to identify specific water bands using temperature change and addition of solutions of different ionic strength as perturbations. Rapid and precise measurement of low concentration solutes has been given as a strong evidence of the vast information that “the water spectral pattern as molecular mirror” approach provides. Few applications using near infrared spectroscopy and multivariate analysis as main tools of Aquaphotomics have been presented.


Water states Near infrared spectroscopy Water structure Effect of salts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roumiana Tsenkova
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zoltan Kovacs
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yosuke Kubota
    • 1
  1. 1.Biomeasurement Technology LaboratoryKobe UniversityKobeJapan
  2. 2.Department of Physics and ControlCorvinus University of BudapestBudapestHungary

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