Anomalous Water and Other Polymeric Materials
Semi-Annual technical rept. 1 Feb-31 Jul 1971
MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK CENTER OF MATERIALS RESEARCH
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The report concerns the synthesis and identification of anomalous water. Sodium bicarbonate is formed from glass wool when the latter is extracted with methanol and with water, as a result of a reaction with carbon dioxide in the air. Although the sodium bicarbonate when extracted with methanol could be called anomalous in some ways, no material that gives the exact spectrum of polywater could be found. An interesting and previously unreported form of sodium carbonate is formed when this compound crystallizes from methanol. Yields of the polywater-like material seem to vary greatly from laboratory to laboratory, even when simple procedures that are seen to work in one are tried in another. Polywater-like material can be formed from tubes in contact with bulk liquid water, which renders it extremely unlikely that we are dealing with the formation of a polymeric form of water.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy