Radiochemistry heavy water
Hey! I've learned that heavy water tastes sweet. What could be the reason for this? I thought the chemical properties of heavy water are the same as those of ordinary water
No, isotopes differ from each other in their physicochemical properties, hence their compounds. In particular, heavy water is toxic to the body, has a reduced chemical activity compared to ordinary
Hi! I've read, that scientists have identified a specific receptor that is responsible for sensing the sweetness of heavy water in humans, and they suggested that this happens due to the fact that heavy water makes the protein molecule more rigid and in its environment the protein becomes more compact. But the exact mechanism hasn't been determined yet
@_brauer_ sounds interesting,thanks! Is heavy water sweet only for humans?
hi,Heavy water solvates proteins worse
@nanochimik47 yes, I know about isotope effects) I just didn't think they are so strong
Thirst though reading this: there must be someone that actually taysted it))