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The Water Pentamer, (H2O)5



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Above left is a local minimum energy structure for the cis-(H2O)5 cyclic structure.  Above right is the (mainly-trans cyclic) global minimum energy structure for a water pentamer [115]. Both of these structures are chiral, existing fleetingly as enantiomers, and may interconvert through planar intermediates of slightly higher energies.

 

 

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