Water Magnetic Relaxation in Superparamagnetic Colloid Suspensions: The Effect of Agglomeration

  • A. Roch
  • F. Moiny
  • R. N. Muller
  • P. Gillis
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 76)


Superparamagnetic (SPM) nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions are known to shorten the nuclear magnetic relaxation of water protons. For transverse relaxation, this effect is enhanced when agglomeration of elementary SPM cores occurs. This feature is explained by considering the agglomerate as a large magnetized sphere, which at high field contributes strongly to the secular part of the transverse relaxivity. Longitudinal relaxation is modeled by analyzing diffusion through the permeable coating of the agglomerate as a virtual exchange between normal decaying modes and the bulk water. This model is used to interpret the flattening of the Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation Dispersion profiles during a chemically induced agglomeration of ferrite particles.


Relaxation Rate Water Proton Transverse Relaxation Rate Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation Longitudinal Relaxation Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Roch
    • 1
  • F. Moiny
    • 2
  • R. N. Muller
    • 1
  • P. Gillis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Organic Chemistry and NMR LaboratoryUniversity of Mons-HainautMonsBelgium
  2. 2.Biological Physics DepartmentUniversity of Mons-HainautMonsBelgium

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