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Oil and water: An icy interaction when oil chains are short, but steamy when chains are long
Date:12/3/2012

With Raman scattering the bulk of the water creates a mountainous peak in the spectrum that buries everything else," Ben-Amotz said. "Multivariate curve resolution lets us see small changes in water structure under that mountain. As is often the case in science, the key was combining two already established techniques in a new way."

Davis said the team next plans to explore the effects of changes in pH and ionic charges on this transformation with the goal of making the experiments more relevant to proteins and biological systems.

"We are trying to better understand the driving f orces of the behavior of proteins and cell membranes that are critical to our health," he said. "The role of water is an important piece of the puzzle."


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