Water, because of its anomalous properties, can exhibit complex behavior under strong confinement. At room temperature and pressure, water is assumed to exist in a single phase as a liquid under confinement (e.g., in a carbon nanotube). In this study, using extensive molecular dynamics simulations, we show the existence of multiple phases of water when water meets a nanotube surface under atmospheric conditions (T = 300 K, P = 1 atm). Vapor, high-density ice, and liquid water phases coexist in the region within ∼1 nm from the surface. Structure factor, entropy, pressure, viscosity, and rotational diffusion of water layers near the surface reveal substantial phase anomalies induced by confinement. We show the presence of a new high-density solid-state ice layer (χ = 3.9 g/cm3) with rhombic structure coexisting adjacent to vapor and liquid water. The existence of multiple phases of water near an interface can explain, for example, the slip phenomena, self-filling behavior of a carbon nanotube, and fast transport of water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23763-23771
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 20 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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