Kakuichi Institute is deeply interested in the leading edge science that is reevaluating what we know about water, with potential for major revolutions in energy and health. Kakuichi Institute Advisory Board member Dr. Gerald Pollack has been a pioneer in this field, and has published several books on the subject, including Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life (2001) and The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor (2013) that look into Exclusion Zone (EZ) water, otherwise known as structured, or fourth phase water, and the wider implications of this heretofore undiscovered property of water. See below for summaries of various studies on these topics:

  • The Fourth Phase of Water: Implications for Energy and Health, an article by Gerald Pollack

    EZ water should rehydrate tissues better than ordinary water because of its higher dipole moment... Since EZs contain masses of separated charges, or large dipoles, EZ water should hydrate cells better than ordinary water. That’s why EZ water may particularly promote good health.

  • Exclusion zone as intermediate between ice and water

    The principal finding of these experiments is that a transient 270-nm peak in the absorption spectrum appears during the course of melting. The melting ice eventually transitions into bulk water, but passes through a phase that absorbs at 270 nm. Water with an absorption peak at 270 nm is characteristic of exclusion-zone water (Zheng et al. [2], Chai et al.). Hence, it appears possible that melting ice passes through the EZ phase before reverting to bulk water.

  • Unexpected Presence Of Solute-free Zones At Metal-water Interfaces

    Here we found that exclusion zones also exist next to various metal surfaces. Among them, zinc showed the widest EZs as well as the highest surface coverage.
    An interesting feature of the results was that little oxidation occurred in zinc regions containing exclusion zones, while considerable oxidation was seen in regions in between those exclusion zones. Hence, it appears that the oxidation may be caused by currents flowing from the water to the zinc surface in regions between the pocket EZs. That might explain the spotty oxidation that is often seen.
    A notable feature is that this positive-negative pair constitutes a battery, in the same way that various gels and polymers show near-surface battery features. The presence of a "battery" next to various metal surfaces may have important implications for corrosion and also perhaps for catalysis.

  • Exclusion-Zone Formation From Discontinuous Nafion Surfaces

    Nafion strips on a glass substrate generate EZs that can combine with other EZs as long as the distances separating the strips are less than approximately 100 micrometers. The demonstrated ability of EZs to combine implies that continuous EZs can be created by using minimal amounts of starter material spaced judiciously. This feature has direct implications for water purification technology.

  • Charge-based Forces At The Nafion-water Interface

    The results obtained here imply that separated charges in aqueous solutions may exert significant force. Such forces are unexpected. A common presumption is that large-scale separated charges do not exist in nature; or, if they do, they must act over short range only. However, the exclusion-zone phenomenon demonstrates that charges are indeed naturally separated, and that those separated charges can create substantial force.

  • Unexpected axial flow through hydrophilic tubes: Implications for energetics of water

    We observed sustained axial flow through tubes immersed in water... The flow appears to be associated with recently discovered interfacial phase of water, which lines the insides of the tubes. This phase of water builds from electromagnetic energy absorbed by water from the surrounding environment. That absorbed energy may power the observed flow.

  • Effect Of Particle Diameter On Exclusion-Zone Size

    Particles and solutes are excluded from the vicinity of hydrophilic surfaces, leaving large microsphere-free regions known as exclusion zones (EZs)... Results showed a direct relation between bead size and EZ size over the full range of bead diameter, implying a similar relation for smaller particles or molecules, perhaps extending beyond the resolution of the light microscope.
    EZs are by no means constant in size. They depend on various factors, not the least of which is the characteristic dimension of the nucleating surface.

  • New method of water purification based on the particle-exclusion phenomenon

    Colloidal particles in suspension are excluded from the vicinity of various hydrophilic surfaces... The experimental results suggest that particle exclusion may provide a new framework for water purification from both organic and inorganic matter, as well as from harmful pathogens.

Nanobubbles, aka ultrafine bubbles, are nanoscopic (<100 nm in diameter) bubbles of gas, usually oxygen or ozone, which are able to maintain their form for long periods of time in water. The means by which they are able to exist for long periods in water is still unknown[1], but it may be due to small ions that surround the nanobubble and allow it to be stable in water[2]. Another interesting property of these bubbles is that unlike ordinary gas bubbles which quickly rise to the water surface, nanobubbles randomly drift in a Brownian motion allowing them to be carried by currents into the bed under a body of water[3], aerating[4] and rejuvenating areas of ocean water that have been desertified[5].

Potention applications of nanobubbles include:

  • Food preservation: where packaged and preserved food products are able to better retain their original flavour while maintaining a longer shelf life [6]
  • Agriculture: injecting billions of microscopic bubbles into water used to irrigate organic tomatoes and strawberries results in an average 10%-20% increase in yields of larger, more robust fruit compared to those grown with tap water [7]. Also, "used on crops, water with ultrafine bubbles can accelerate activities of soil microorganisms, which encourage growth of plant roots and speed up nutrient absorption." [8].
  • Pollution reversal in bodies of water [9].
  • Medical: potential strong effects on killing cancer cells [10].
  • Sanitation: "The West Nippon Expressway Co. has been spraying detergent-free water laden with ultrafine bubbles to clean toilets in parking areas since 2009. The method cut water use by about 99% and cleaning hours by about one-third, the company said, in addition to reducing odor."[11]
  • Water Treatment [12]

Studies

Other resources

  • Polarized microwave and RF radiation effects on the structure and stability of liquid water, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (Oct 2010)

    In presence of the Radio Frequency (RF) field, the saline solutions ignites and combusts with an intense flame. Approximate power for most of our experiments was ~ 300 W as recorded by the output dial of the RF generator.

  • Can water store charge?, University of Washington (Mar 2010)

    The results raise a number of questions that warrant further pursuit. At the very least, they open the possibility that ordinary water might have the capacity not only to store charge but to permit effective recovery of charge. Water may well be an unexpectedly effective charge-storage medium.

  • Molecules, Water, and Radiant Energy: New Clues for the Origin of Life, University of Washington (Apr 2009)

    We found that incident radiant energy, including UV, visible, and near-infrared wavelengths, induces exclusion-zone growth...
    Water in the exclusion zone is negatively charged, while the bulk-water region beyond the exclusion zone contains positive charges. The potential difference between the two regions is 100 to 200 mV, depending on the particular hydrophilic surface.

  • Observations of polarised RF radiation catalysis of dissociation of H 2 O–NaCl solutions, Hochschule Reutlingen (Mar 2008)

    NaCl–H2O (salt water) solutions of concentrations ranging from 1 to 30%, when exposed to a polarised radiofrequency beam at 13·56 MHz at room temperature, generate an intimate mixture of hydrogen and oxygen which can be ignited and burned with a steady flame.

Flouridated water

See here for a more extensive collection of studies on the effects of flouride on health and IQ.

  • Rehydrating The Earth: New Paradigm For Water, Holistic Science Journal (2015)

    The development and adoption of a new holistic water management paradigm, a paradigm that acknowledges, seeks to understand, and in some instances to reverse, humanity’s impact on the ‘small water cycle’, could be one of the most important challenges we face. The good news is that at its most fundamental level, the change in approach can be summarised in one short sentence: a shift from the current paradigm, where evaporation is viewed as a loss to the system to be avoided at all costs, to a new paradigm, where evaporation is understood and respected as the source of all precipitation and managed accordingly.

  • Origin of microbial life hypothesis: a gel cytoplasm lacking a bilayer membrane, with infrared radiation producing exclusion zone (EZ) water, hydrogen as an energy source and thermosynthesis for bioenergetics, University of Guelph (Jan 2012)

    The hypothesis is proposed that pre-biotic bacterial cell(s) and the first cells capable of growth/division did not require a cytoplasmic membrane. A gel-like microscopic structure less than a cubic micrometer may have had a dual role as both an ancient pre-cytoplasm and a boundary layer to the higher-entropy external environment. The gel pre-cytoplasm exposed to radiant energy, especially in the infrared (IR) region of the EM spectrum resulted in the production of an exclusion zone (EZ) with a charge differential (-100 to -200 mV) and boundary that may have been a possible location for the latter organization of the first cytoplasmic membrane. Pre-biotic cells and then-living cells may have used hydrogen as the universal energy source, and thermosynthesis in their bioenergetic processes.

  • Molecules, Water, and Radiant Energy: New Clues for the Origin of Life, University of Washington (Apr 2009)

    Tthe charge-separation phenomenon identified here may be something akin to an initial step in photosynthesis — a kind of “generic” first step that occurs next to many hydrophilic surfaces rather than only next to those specific to green plants or bacteria. This process could represent not only a potentially significant energetic pathway that may be broadly relevant for nature, but also a central protagonist for the origin of life.

  • Surfaces and interfacial water: evidence that hydrophilic surfaces have long-range impact, University of Washington (Nov 2006)

    It is generally thought that the impact of surfaces on the contiguous aqueous phase extends to a distance of no more than a few water-molecule layers... We report here that colloidal and molecular solutes suspended in aqueous solution are profoundly and extensively excluded from the vicinity of various hydrophilic surfaces. The width of the solute-free zone is typically several hundred microns. Such large exclusion zones were observed in the vicinity of many types of surface.

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