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Water Forced in Hydrophobic Nano-Confinement: Tunable Solvent System

Project description

Water confined to the nanoscale offers a route to sustainable chemistry and energy storage

Water is an excellent solvent, but its high polarity limits the solubility of non-polar compounds. The confinement of water in hydrophobic nanopores alters its hydrogen bonding structure and related properties such as dielectric constant and solvation power. This is the idea that the EU-funded WATUSO project plans to explore: modulating water's solvent properties through hydrophobic nanoconfinement. Using pressure, a heterogeneous mixture of poorly soluble molecules and water can be forced into hydrophobic nanopores of the host material. There, the lowered polarity of water is expected to enhance solubility of apolar compounds. Nano-confined water opens new opportunities for green chemistry, offering a route to phase out noxious organic solvents, enhance hydrogenation chemistry and explore innovative avenues for energy storage.

Host institution

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Net EU contribution
€ 2 498 750,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 2 498 750,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

See on map

Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00