Kinetic studies on the tensile state of water in trees.

  title={Kinetic studies on the tensile state of water in trees.},
  author={Helmut Tributsch and Jan Cerm{\'a}k and Nadezhda Nadezhdina},
  journal={The journal of physical chemistry. B},
  volume={109 37},
The solar-powered generation and turnover of tensile, cohesive water in trees is described as a kinetic phenomenon of irreversible thermodynamics. A molecular kinetic model for tensile water formation and turnover is presented, which is found to be mathematically equivalent with an autocatalytic reaction (Brusselator). It is also shown to be consistent with the van der Waals equation for real liquid-gas systems, which empirically considers intermolecular forces. It can therefore be used to… CONTINUE READING