The water molecule is made up of two hydrogens and one oxygen. It is the most abundant chemical on the Earth’s surface (covering as much as 71% of it), it is the main part of all living cells, and vital for all life on Earth.
From clouds in the sky, to icebergs in the ocean; rivers, streams, lakes, and glaciers, are all made from water in one of it’s three states; solid ice, liquid water, and gaseous vapour.
The largest reservoir of water ever discovered sits around 12 billion light-years away, surrounding a giant black hole; it’s thought to contain around 140 trillion times the water in all the oceans on Earth.
This zone will look at the chemists using water in their research; including everything from new ways to clean water using tiny little sieves, to cleaning deadly arsenic out of water. One chemists is producing energy from water using sunlight. There’s one scientist looking at making cars that run on water, and another using x-rays to find out why frozen water behaves the way it does.
You can find out more about the scientists in this zone, and what they work on by reading their profiles. Click on their names at the top of this page to find out more!