Liquids and disordered (glassy) materials are very important materials in their own right, and they also play a vital role in many natural and industrial processes. As a classic example of this, water and aqueous solutions are essential ingredients for life, but are still a challenge for us to understand even at the most fundamental level. Control of processes such as solvation and dissolution is key to the many areas that rely on nanoparticles in solution, while liquids that are confined to very small pores or surfaces often exhibit properties that are remarkably different from those of the bulk.
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LIQUIDS, DISORDER AND NANOFLUIDS
Figure: Simulation of a thin water film on NaCl. [courtesy Angelos Michaelides; doi: 10.1063/1.3152845].