Nondestructive Monitoring of the Dispersion State of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Concentrated Suspensions Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Published on Oct 9, 2018in Langmuir3.683
· DOI :10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02410
Terushi Ito (University of Toyama), Chihiro Kida3
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(Hoshi University)
+ 6 AuthorsYoshinori Onuki15
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(University of Toyama)
The purpose of the present study is to demonstrate the applicability of magnetic resonance imaging, especially T2 relaxation time mapping, for nondestructive monitoring of the dispersion state of nanoparticles (NPs) in concentrated suspensions. TiO2 15-nm-diameter NPs, for use in sunscreen lotion products, were examined as a test NP. First, this study investigated whether T2 is sensitive to the NP concentration. In experiments with pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance on TiO2 NP suspensions with different organic solvents (ethanol, acetone, and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane), the T2 of each solvent varied in the suspensions according to the NP concentration. This study also confirmed that T2 mapping was effective for visualizing differences in NP concentration. Subsequently, gravitational sedimentation of the test suspensions was investigated. T2 mapping exhibited better detection sensitivity to sedimentation occurring in concentrated suspensions than visual observation, as it enabled the detection of changes...
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