New phase of nanoconfined water discovered

Image 1. Illustration. Water molecules inside a crystal. Credit: Daria Sokol, MIPT Press Office
Photo 1. Cordierite crystal. Credit: Depositphotos
Figure. Schematic illustration of ordered state of the electric dipole lattice of polar water molecules inside a cordierite crystal. Dipole moments are indicated by arrows. The ordered state is manifested through co-existence of ferroelectric (red ab-planes) and antiferroelectric (blue bc-plane) orders. Ferroelectric planes alternate antiferroelectrically along the crystal’s c-axis. Image courtesy of the researchers




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