by Elzbieta Pach, Group of Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces, ICMAB, CSIC
Heterogeneous ice nucleation is a common process on Earth, with a huge impact on its weather and climate. However, the mechanism of this process is still poorly understood. Thus, the efforts to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying this process could help to build atmospheric and climate models with higher confidence. Moreover, being able to control the water freezing would allow designing/preparing surfaces or coatings to prevent or facilitate ice formation. In our efforts to understand water freezing, we study minerals naturally present in the atmosphere, known to be good ice nucleators, as well as design surfaces with the aim to control it, such as self-assembled monolayers of organic molecules or polarized surfaces.
Hosted by Albert Verdaguer, Group of Physical Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces, ICMAB, CSIC