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Aquaphotomics—From Innovative Knowledge to Integrative Platform in Science and Technology

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Biomedical Engineering Department, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Biomeasurement Technology Laboratory, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University, Hyogo 657-8501, Japan
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Molecules 2019, 24(15), 2742; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24152742
Received: 30 June 2019 / Revised: 25 July 2019 / Accepted: 26 July 2019 / Published: 28 July 2019
Aquaphotomics is a young scientific discipline based on innovative knowledge of water molecular network, which as an intrinsic part of every aqueous system is being shaped by all of its components and the properties of the environment. With a high capacity for hydrogen bonding, water molecules are extremely sensitive to any changes the system undergoes. In highly aqueous systems—especially biological—water is the most abundant molecule. Minute changes in system elements or surroundings affect multitude of water molecules, causing rearrangements of water molecular network. Using light of various frequencies as a probe, the specifics of water structure can be extracted from the water spectrum, indirectly providing information about all the internal and external elements influencing the system. The water spectral pattern hence becomes an integrative descriptor of the system state. Aquaphotomics and the new knowledge of water originated from the field of near infrared spectroscopy. This technique resulted in significant findings about water structure-function relationships in various systems contributing to a better understanding of basic life phenomena. From this foundation, aquaphotomics started integration with other disciplines into systematized science from which a variety of applications ensued. This review will present the basics of this emerging science and its technological potential. View Full-Text
Keywords: aquaphotomics; water; light; near infrared spectroscopy; water-mirror approach; perturbation; biomeasurements; biodiagnosis; biomonitoring aquaphotomics; water; light; near infrared spectroscopy; water-mirror approach; perturbation; biomeasurements; biodiagnosis; biomonitoring
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Muncan, J.; Tsenkova, R. Aquaphotomics—From Innovative Knowledge to Integrative Platform in Science and Technology. Molecules 2019, 24, 2742.

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