Science Thrust 1: Molecular and Solution Processes
Lead: Zheming Wang
Solution-phase dynamics play a crucial role in the origin of the physical properties of fluids, including viscosity, and can control kinetically hindered steps toward precipitation and dissolution. These range from the local perturbation of Al(OH)4− coordination geometry and aggregation into dimers and oligomers to the formation of ion-pairing networks, cluster densification.
1.1 Quantify the driving forces behind long-range solution organization and assembly of prenucleation species in highly organized ion–ion networks in the absence of ionizing radiation.
1.2 Discover the radiation-driven chemical dynamics governing the formation of nonequilibrium steady-state species and their role in prenucleation speciation.