Centre Molecular Water Science

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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
Contributiong research institutes and universities in Europe
Participating countries

Latest News

More than 250 scientists met online for the CMWS DAYS 2021

25 March 2021

About 275 participants from 19 countries met online for the CMWS DAYS 2021.

Minerals let Earth's oceans seep down deeper than expected

05 March 2021

A bigger volume of the world's oceans is seeping deeper into Earth's mantle than expected: That is the result of a high-pressure experiments at DESY's X-ray source PETRA III.

High-pressure experiments provide insight into icy planets

17 February 2021

Research team determines compression behaviour of water ice in unprecedented detail.