NMR diffusometry for porous media research


Dr Petrik Galvosas
Associate Investigator


November 5, 2015 - 12:15 pm


November 5, 2015 - 1:00 pm


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Dr Petrik Galvosas
Victoria University of Wellington

Studying molecular motion with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is nearly as old as the discovery of NMR itself [1]. However, with the introduction of so called pulsed magnetic field gradients [2] NMR became a highly versatile tool for studying diffusion and flow in many areas such as physics, chemistry, material science, medical research and clinical routine.

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This lecture will revolve around two options offered by NMR diffusometry in the context of porous media research. One option is custom-tailored magnetic fields which allow to track molecular displacements in real time [3,4] and to rapidly characterise porous media via their surface-to-volume ratios [5]. A second option is recent imaging approaches for porous materials. This method is based on the work horse of NMR diffusometry which was introduced 50 years ago [2] but a clever modification [6] makes it an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) experiment in disguise. This enables Magnetic Resonance Pore Imaging (MRPI) at resolutions well beyond the limits of conventional MRI [7].

[1]          Hahn, E. L. Phys. Rev. 80(4), 580–594, (1950).
[2]          Stejskal, E. O. and Tanner, J. E. J. Chem. Phys. 42, 288 (1965).
[3]          Kittler, W. C., Galvosas, P., and Hunter, M. W. J. Magn. Reson. 244, 46–52, (2014).
[4]          Kittler, W., Hunter, M., and Galvosas, P. Phys. Rev. E 92, 023016 (2015).
[5]          Kittler, W. C., Obruchkov, S., Galvosas, P., and Hunter, M. W. J. Magn. Reson. 247, 42–49, (2014).
[6]          Laun, F. B., Kuder, T. A., Semmler, W., and Stieltjes, B. Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 048102, (2011).
[7]          Hertel, S. A., Wang, X., Hosking, P., Simpson, M. C., Hunter, M., and Galvosas, P. Phys. Rev. E 92, 012808 (2015).

Victoria University of Wellington, RB901
University of Canterbury, Psychology 164

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