Centre for Molecular Water Science

The CMWS brings together key experts from different areas of water-related sciences with the common goal of achieving a detailed molecular understanding of water. This includes the dynamic processes in water and at water interfaces, which are highly relevant for chemistry, biology, earth, and the environment as well as for technology. The scope of the CMWS ranges from studies of the fundamental properties of water to its role in real-time chemical dynamics, and biochemical- and biological reactions. This covers water in geophysics, climate and environment as well as energy research and technology. The research program builds on the suite of enabling technologies (coherent ultrafast imaging and scattering techniques, novel sample manipulation technologies) available in the unique Hamburg Light Sources environment as well as on expertise in simulation and theory. This is accompanied by complementary experimental facilities of other local, regional, national and international partners (both in Europe and overseas) and cooperation via collaborative platforms to enable a comprehensive understanding of the properties of and processes in molecular water.

The CMWS in numbers

Research pillars
Contributing research institutes and universities in Europe
Participating countries

Latest News

White Paper of the Centre for Molecular Water Science published

15 June 2021

After three years of intense discussion and planning, the CMWS White Paper describing the aims and tasks of the CMWS has been published.

Seminar coming soon: Water confined in nanopores: What do we know about it and what is it good for?

10 June 2021

High-pressure experiments simulate conditions in extraterrestrial deep seas

20 May 2021

Experiments at PETRA III and the APS show that the hidden oceans of water planets selectively leach magnesium from typical rock minerals at extreme pressure and temperature conditions.