Journal of Chemistry

Chemistry, Physics, and Biology of Water

Publishing date
22 Nov 2013
Submission deadline
05 Jul 2013

1Theoretical Chemistry and Biochemistry Group, SRSMC UMR 7565, CNRS, University of Lorraine, 54003 Nancy Cedex, France

2A.V. Dumansky Institute of Colloid and Water Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine

Chemistry, Physics, and Biology of Water


For over thousands of years, water kept its secrets. At the first glance, water seems to be one of the most simple and abundant substances. However, the huge amount of water on our planet is not just simple H2O but water with a particular ratio of hydrogen and oxygen isotopes. Millions of years ago, the isotope ratio of deuterium and protium (D/H 150ppm) that was formed made water a "matrix" of life and caused the great variety of biological species.

Life on Earth became possible due to exactly this isotope composition of hydrogen in water. Such D/H ratio determines physical and chemical properties of water: the boiling and freezing points, viscosity, density, refractive index, density, surface tension, and all the other properties, the chemical reaction rate constants especially, and biological processes occurring in living matter.

This special issue aims to (a) present new insights, summarize, and analyze the multifold of data on chemical, physical, and biological properties of water, (b) characterize the state of the water resources, and (c) estimate the quality of natural water and the anthropogenic impact on the water environment. The particular attention will be paid to the resistance degree of biosystems to the influence of chemical, physical, and some other factors.

The general focus of the issue will be on the systematic fundamental and applied research work in chemistry, physics, and biology of water. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Chemistry of Water
    • Theoretical modeling of water systems and the application of theoretical tools for the explanation of anomalous water properties
    • Green chemistry oriented synthesis of organic compounds in water
    • Properties of the water in confined environments (hydrogels, zeolites, fullerenes, nanotubes, etc.)
    • Water disinfection by chemical and physical methods
    • The development of new methods for the selective binding and elimination of radionuclides from the water system
  • Physics of Water
    • The impacts of magnetic field, electrical plasma discharge, ultraviolet and ultrasound on water systems
    • Manifestations of the isotope effect in the physical properties of water
    • The use of small-angle scattering technique in the studies of water heterogeneity
    • Desalination and contamination control of water
  • Biology of Water
    • The use of biological objects (organism and cellular level) in the development of new approaches for the assessment of variable kinds of toxicity
    • The development of biomarker system for the analysis of structural, functional, and mutagenic deviations in genomes of plant's and animal's cells
    • The detection of new species (including mutated forms) of microflora in the water supply systems

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