Water journal club

A virtual meet-up throughout the summer to discuss water-focused research including; liquid water structure and dynamics, hydrogen bonding, water’s role in biology, water in extreme conditions & more.‬ Every Tuesday at 10am. Get in touch if you’d like to join in! A project initiated by Lorna Dougan and Harrison Laurent, motivated by a shared love of science and discussion. We grateful acknowledge the EPSRC and ISIS neutron & muon facility for funding our research.

Next meeting: Tuesday 6th October 2020

Presenter: Adam Stevens, University of Edinburgh

Topic: Life in Extreme Environments

Paper: A systematic study of the limits of life in mixed ion solutions: physiochemical parameters do not predict habitability, by A. H. Stevens and C. S. Cockell, Frontiers Microbiology  Paper here

Full Water Journal Club schedule:

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Presenter: Harrison Laurent, University of Leeds

Topic: Chaotropes and kosmotropes

Paper: Water structure and chaotropicity: their uses, abuses and biological implications, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, P. Ball & J.E.Hallsworth. Paper here!

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Presenter: Lorna Dougan, University of Leeds

Topic: Anomalous properties of water

Paper: How water’s properties are encoded in its molecular structure and energies, K.A. Dill et al, Chemical Reviews, Paper here!

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Presenter: Mazin Nasralla, University of Manchester

Topic: Water in extreme conditions

Paper: Salt deliquescence can support extraterrestrial life, Nature Astronomy, J.E.Hallsworth Paper here

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Presenter: Chalmers Chau, University of Leeds

Topic: Macromolecular crowding

Paper: Macromolecular crowding enhances the detection of DNA and proteins by a solid-state nanopore, by C.Chau, S. Radford, E.Hewitt, P.Actis, NanoLetters Paper here

Tuesday 28th July 2020

Presenter: Alan Soper, ISIS neutron and muon facility, UK

Topic: Water structure

Paper: Structure refinement for disordered matter: what we can do now and we hope to be able to do soon.

Tuesday 4th August 2020

Presenter: Lorna Dougan, University of Leeds

Topic: Public engagement

Paper: Developing creative STEM public engagement resources, with a focus on water

Tuesday 11th August 2020

Presenter: Adam Sweetman, University of Leeds

Topic: Hexagonal ice

Paper: Atomic imaging of the edge structure and growth of a two-dimensional hexagonal ice, by Y. Jiang et al, Nature Paper here

Tuesday 18th August 2020

Presenter: Natasha Rhys, Kings College London

Topic: The role of water in biology

Paper: Biological Water or Rather Water in Biology, by P. Jungwirth, J.Phys.Chem. Letters PAPER HERE

Tuesday 25th August 2020

Presenter: Marjorie Parada, Stockholm University

Topic: Liquid-liquid critical point

Paper: Diffusive dynamics during the high-to-low density transition in amorphous ice, Perakis, F, et al. PNAS.  2017 PAPER HERE

Tuesday 8th September 2020

Presenter: Christoph Salzmann, University College London

Topic: Water’s phase diagram

Paper: Doping-induced disappearance of ice II from water’s phase diagram, by J. J. Shephard. B. Slater, P.Harvey, M.Hart, C.L. Bull, S.T.Bramwell, Jacob J. Shephard, C.G. Salzmann, Nature Physics  Paper here

Tuesday 6th October 2020

Presenter: Adam Stevens, University of Edinburgh

Topic: Life in Extreme Environments

Paper: A systematic study of the limits of life in mixed ion solutions: physiochemical parameters do not predict habitability, by A. H. Stevens and C. S. Cockell, Frontiers Microbiology  Paper here

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Presenter: Holly Linford, University of Leeds

Topic: Water at high temperatures

Paper: Supercritical water is not hydrogen bonded, by Philipp Schienbein & Dominik Marx, Angewandte Chemie, PAPER HERE