Electrophoresis system for high temperature mobility measurements of nanosize particles

Rodriguez-Santiago, Victor; Fedkin, Mark V.; Lvov, Serguei N.
September 2008
Review of Scientific Instruments;Sep2008, Vol. 79 Issue 9, p093302
Academic Journal
The electrophoretic mobility, which reflects the zeta potential of a solid material, is an important experimental quantity providing information about the electrical double layer at the solid/liquid interface. A new high temperature electrophoresis cell was developed suitable for electrophoretic mobility measurements of dispersed nanosize particles up to 150 °C and 40 bars. Amorphous silica (SiO2) particle size standards were used to test the particle size detection limit of the new instrument at 25, 100, and 150 °C and several pH values. The microscopic detection of the particles was enabled by dark-field illumination, which allowed extending the previously available capabilities and provided higher accuracy of the electrophoretic mobility data. The electrophoretic mobility measurements for SiO2 at temperatures above 100 °C were reported for the first time and indicated a gradual increase in particle electrophoretic response with increasing temperature. The obtained data indicated negatively charged SiO2 surface throughout the pH and temperature ranges studied.


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