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A theoretical study of the adsorption of water on sodium chloride


Research objectives and content
The theoretical study of adsorption of molecules on surfaces is a field of great scientific relevance and interest. An important system is the adsorption of water on sodium chloride crystals. Adsorbed water has an important role in the chemistry of trace gases on the surfaces of sodium chloride crystals in the atmosphere. Experimental studies have only been performed at temperatures below 160K and they are not conclusive about the structure of the adsorbed water monolayer.
Dr. Stones group has a worldwide reputation in studying intermolecular interactions, and has recently started to study adsorption on molecular surfaces. The aim of this study is to model the adsorption of water on the surface theoretically, and hence to investigate the structure of the water monolayer and the importance of crystal defects and ion mobility on the surface. From this study we hope to be able to draw conclusions about the effect of adsorbed water on the chemistry of sodium chloride crystals in the atmosphere.
Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
The main objective for me as a post-doctoral research worker in Dr stone's group is to obtain a broader and deeper knowledge and understanding of intermolecular interactions. This is an important field of chemistry and an extended knowledge of it would be very beneficial for me, whether I stay in the university sector or move to industry.
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University of Cambridge
Lensfield road
CB2 1EW Cambridge
United Kingdom

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