An alternative explanation for polywater

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A variety of polywater experiments have been carried out. Analytical experiments have repeatedly demonstrated the presence of high concentrations of contaminants and ESCA studies have elucidated the specific chemical nature of these contaminants. Specific carbon compounds, consistent with the analyses, may be responsible for many of the properties including the infrared spectrum. A preparation of poly-D2O results in material with the same infrared spectrum as poly-H2O. The failure to observe the predicted isotope frequency shifts indicates that the reported infrared features do not originate from H2O units. On the basis of these experiments it appears very unlikely that a polymer of water exists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-442
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1971
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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