Active and stable liquid water innovatively prepared using resonantly illuminated gold nanoparticles

Hsiao Chien Chen, Bing Joe Hwang, Fu Der Mai, Yu Chuan Liu, Chun Mao Lin, Hsien-Saw Kuo, Duen Suey Chou, Ming Jer Lee, Kuang Hsuan Yang, Chung Chin Yu, Jiun Rong Chen, Tsui Yun Lo, Hui Yen Tsai, Chih Ping Yang, Chi Wang, Hsiao Ting Hsieh, John Rick

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

47 Citations (Scopus)


The properties of confined liquid water, or liquid water in contact with hydrophobic surfaces, are significantly different from those of bulk liquid water. However, all of water's commonly described properties are related to inert "bulk liquid water" which comprises a tetrahedral hydrogen-bonded network. In this work, we report an innovative and facile method for preparing small water clusters (SWCs) with reduced affinity hydrogen bonds by letting bulk water flow through supported Au nanoparticles (NPs) under resonant illumination to give NP-treated (AuNT) water at constant temperature. Utilizing localized surface plasmon resonance on illuminated Au NPs, the strong hydrogen bonds of bulk water can be disordered when water is located at the illuminated Au/water interface. The prepared SWCs are free of Au NPs. The energy efficiency for creating SWCs is ∼17%. The resulting stable AuNT water exhibits distinct properties at room temperature, which are significantly different from the properties of untreated bulk water, examples being their ability to scavenge free hydroxyl and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radicals and to effectively reduce NO release from lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammatory cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2704-2713
Number of pages10
JournalACS Nano
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 25 2014


  • Au nanoparticles
  • free radical
  • resonant illumination
  • small water clusters
  • solubility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Active and stable liquid water innovatively prepared using resonantly illuminated gold nanoparticles'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this