July 3, 2020

Originally, there was to have been a seminar/party in the grand city of Budapest, organized by Miklos Kellermayer, a former postdoc and friend. But that got canceled, for obvious reasons. Then Plan B, a lab party at my home, was also canceled for similar reasons. Given the state of the global pandemic, I...

May 8, 2020

Paper published May 8, 2020

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Fluid commonly flows in response to an external pressure gradient. However, when a tunnel-containing hydrogel is immersed in water, spontaneous flow occurs through the tunnel without any pressure gradient. We confirmed this flow in a wide range of...

February 1, 2020

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi regularly organizes “Majlis” (assembly) seminars at his palace. I had the distinct honor of being one of those presenters January, 2020. (A previous presenter was Bill Gates.) It was a life-changing experience.

The event began as I was escorted to the palace by my private (!)...

January 31, 2020

Paper published January 31, 2020

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A fourth phase of water, labeled exclusion-zone or “EZ,” extends from hydrophilic surfaces. Salient features include exclusion of colloidal and molecular solutes, and characteristic light absorbance at 270 nm. In cell systems, EZ water interf...

December 7, 2019

Paper published December 6th, 2019

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One of the characteristics of aqueous interfaces is their negative charge, whose origin is still a subject of scientific debate. In this work, we provide spectroscopic evidence that bicarbonate anions, from dissolution of atmospheric CO2, c...

September 17, 2019

Paper published September 17, 2019

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While water evaporation and condensation are of fundamental importance to our environment, many features remain under investigation. In this study, we explored the water-condensation circle (WCC) formed on the inner surface of Petri dish li...

July 31, 2019

Paper published July 31, 2018

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Silk sericin is a globular protein whose resistance against fouling is important for applications in biomaterials and water-purification membranes. Here it is shown how sericin generates a water-exclusion zone that may facilitate antifouling beh...

May 29, 2019

Meeting with Michelin 3-star chef, Heston Blumenthal, at his home in Provence. We became quick friends. Heston runs The Fat Duck restaurant, west of Heathrow, and once called “the world’s best restaurant.” You’d think his prime interest would be food, but the day’s discussion quickly dispelled that notion...

November 1, 2018

We don’t study homeopathy. Nevertheless, my British colleague, Lord Kenneth Ward-Atherton, invited me to present on that topic at a special conference at the House of Lords/Royal Society of Medicine, July 2018. One purpose of that meeting was to put up a strong, visible defense against the British powers...

July 31, 2018

Paper published July 31, 2018

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It is now well-confirmed that hydrophilic surfaces including those within the cell generate structural changes in water. This interfacial water is ordered and acquires features different from the bulk. Amongst those features is the exclusion of...

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Gerald H. Pollack, PhD

Professor of Bioengineering - Box 355061

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195


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