Solving the puzzle of water/metal interfaces

When water binds to solid surfaces it forms a large variety of structures, which leads to behaviour relevant to many technological processes and phenomena such as lubrication, heterogeneous catalysis and electrochemistry. In Nature Materials, Professor Angelos Michaelides and colleagues in Madrid (Javier Carrasco) and Liverpool (Andrew Hodgson) present an introductory review of the field. The review provides a simple an accessible introduction to the history of the field along with a more in-depth discussion on recent state-of-the-art experiments and simulations. Offering a perspective on the outlook for future research some of the questions the review considers are: What are the main factors governing the structure of water overlayers at metal surfaces? And how computer simulation techniques can be improved to provide more robust answers to this and related questions?

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