The Hydrogen Bond and the Water Molecule - The Physics and Chemistry of Water, Aqueous and Bio-Media

Yves Marechal 
Elsevier  December 2006  

Hardback  332  ISBN 9780444519573      £125.00
This book offers a synthesis of what is known and currently being researched on the topic of hydrogen bonds and water molecules. The most simple water molecular, H2O, is a fascinating but poorly understood molecule. Its unique ability to attract an exceptionally large number of hydrogen bonds induces the formation of a dense "hydrogen bond network" that has the potential to modify the properties of the surrounding molecules and their reactivities. The crucial role that water molecules play is described in this book.

The author begins by providing an overview of the thermodynamical and structural properties of H-bonds before examining their much less known dynamical properties, which makes them appear as centres of reactivity. Methods used to observe these components are also reviewed. In the second part of the book the role played by the dense H-bond network developed by H2O molecules is examined. First in ice, where it has important atmospheric consequences, then in liquid water, and finally in macromolecules where it sheds some original light on the fundamental question "How is it that without water and hydrogen bonds life would not exist?".

This book will be of interest to researchers in the fields of physics, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology. It can also serve as a teaching aid for students attending course in chemical physics, chemistry or molecular biology. Engineers involved the water industry would benefit from reading this book, as would scientists working in pharmaceutics, cosmetics and materials.

Aimed at Researchers, Engineers and Professors who teach chemical physics, chemistry or molecular biology


Part I: The Hydrogen Bond

  • Chapter 1. The hydrogen bond: formation, thermodynamic properties, classification
  • Chapter 2. Geometrical properties of H-bonds and H-bonded organized supramolecular structures
  • Chapter 3. Methods to observe and describe H-bonds
  • Chapter 4. Infrared spectroscopy of H-bonded systems: experimental point of view
  • Chapter 5. Infrared spectroscopy of H-bonded systems: theoretical descriptions
  • Chapter 6. Reactivity of H-bonds: transfers of protons and of H-atoms
  • Chapter 7. H/D isotopic substitution in H-bonds

Part II: The Water Molecule

  • Chapter 8. The H2O molecule in water vapour and ice
  • Chapter 9. The H2O molecule in liquid water
  • Chapter 10. The water molecule in (bio)macromolecules
  • Chapter 11. Observing the water molecule

Part III: General Conclusion

  • Chapter 12. Conclusion: the H-bond, the water molecule and life
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