TITLE

Magnetic trap of a reaction zone

AUTHOR(S)
Digilov, Rafael M.; Sheintuch, M.
PUB. DATE
February 2005
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;2/21/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 8, p082507
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The reaction of ethylene glycol oxidation catalyzed by a colloidal suspension of iron oxide nanoparticles was monitored by IR thermography under an inhomogeneous magnetic field (with a spatial gradient ∼50 T2/m). The interaction of a reaction zone with the gradient magnetic field, in a way that the reaction zone could be trapped and manipulated at a desired position with the aid of the magnetic field effect, has been discovered. We explain this phenomenon by the magnetic buoyancy force arising from the variation in the magnetic susceptibility between the reaction zone and rest solution during the catalyzed redox process. These observations suggest the potential use magnetic fields for controlling chemical processes by the long-time localization of the reaction zone from the environment and enables complex problem solving to be performed in physics, chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, and medicine.
ACCESSION #
16581327

 

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