A liquid-liquid transition in supercooled aqueous solution related to the HDA-LDA transition

Sander Woutersen, Bernd Ensing, Michiel Hilbers, Zuofeng Zhao, Charles Angell

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Abstract

Simulations and theory suggest that the thermodynamic anomalies of water may be related to a phase transition between two supercooled liquid states, but so far this phase transition has not been observed experimentally because of preemptive ice crystallization. We used calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy, and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate a water-rich hydrazinium trifluoroacetate solution in which the local hydrogen bond structure surrounding a water molecule resembles that in neat water at elevated pressure, but which does not crystallize upon cooling. Instead, this solution underwent a sharp, reversible phase transition between two homogeneous liquid states. The hydrogen-bond structures of these two states are similar to those established for high- and low-density amorphous (HDA and LDA) water. Such structural similarity supports theories that predict a similar sharp transition in pure water under pressure if ice crystallization could be suppressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1127-1131
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume359
Issue number6380
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 9 2018

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