Ice, The Crystalline Phase of Water
Pp. 154-184 (31)
Jestin Baby Mandumpal
Transition from water to ice is very crucial in many natural and artificial
processes on which our lives depend. No other substance exhibits more crystalline
forms than ice, the solid phase of water. Several ice polymorphs are found to exist in
pairs, corresponding to high temperature proton disordered state and low temperature
proton ordered state. Hexagonal ice is the dominant form of ice at ambient conditions.
Ice X is highly symmetrical ice polymorph with hydrogen atoms exactly positioned
equidistant to the two adjacent oxygen atoms. Five and seven membered rings of water
molecules are observed in ice XII. The orientation of hydrogen bonds plays important
roles in assigning the geometries of various forms of ice as in the case of normal and
supercooled waters. The largest hydrogen bond bending is observed in ice VI.
Orientations of hydrogen atoms result in Bjerrum and ionisation defects in ice crystals,
which are responsible for dielectric effects. Auto ionisation, leading to the generation
of hydronium and hydroxyl ions in water, promotes ionisation defects. Catalytic
properties of ice are found to be remarkable in large number of reactions. TIP4P water
model and its variants seem to be the popular models for simulating ice phase of water.
Rotational motion of oxygen−hydrogen bonds is responsible for the destruction of ice
lattice as temperature increases, leading to the melting of ice. Ice exhibits excellent
electrical, optical, mechanical, thermal & surface properties. Thanks to its exceptional
thermal properties, ice has been successfully employed as a better alternative to the
traditional air cooling systems.
Auto ionisation, Bjerrum, Clusters, D defect, Ferroelectric,
Heterogeneous, Homogeneous, imidazole, L defect, polymorph, Polytype,
Rectifier, Semiconductor, Thermoluminescence, Tyndall.