A model which shows the librational dynamics undergone by water constrained by vicinal hydrophobes, which lowers the dielectric susceptibility and induces a 'redshift' of the relaxation frequency in the hydration shell was presented. The reduction of H-bond exchange possibilities of water molecules at a hydrophobic interface was analyzed. Water molecules were found to exchange H bonds with neighbours at a fast rate (Vb ≅1.7 × 10 13 s-1 at room temperature. The results also demonstrated the way in which proteins enhance their intramolecular interactions as they fold or associate.
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