A machine learning model has revealed how crystals of sodium chloride slowly weaken and then rapidly crumble to dissolve in water
22 November 2022
A longstanding mystery about how salt dissolves in water has finally been solved, thanks to machine learning.
Understanding the complete process of how sodium chloride, or salt, dissolves in water is important for a range of scientific disciplines, from accurate climate models to making batteries.
Researchers have tried to work out what happens on a molecular level using computer simulations that start with a configuration of salt crystals in water, but the large number of complex interactions between the salt and water …