Almost three-quarters of the earth’s surface is covered by it. Almost two-thirds of the human body is made up of it. We drink it. We use it in our homes and in industry. As a solid, it’s ice. As a gas, it’s steam.
“Nobody understands water, the structure of water. Water has a lot of anomalies,” says John Tse, University of Saskatchewan physics professor and Canada Research Chair in Materials Science.
Tse has committed decades to learning more about what so many of us take for granted. In the process, he has refuted a long-standing fundamental hypothesis about water. The results were published this fall in Physical Review Letters.