Water pores in alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) dispersions studied by NMR diffusometry and optical microscopy
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2007

Water borne alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) dispersions have been investigated by means of optical microscopy and NMR diffusometry (NMR-D). In two different formulations, different amounts of entrapped water in pores with different sizes are obtained, which can be compared to a waterin-oil-in-water (w/o/w) dispersion. It is shown that the amount of entrapped water inside the AKD particles can conveniently be measured with the NMR-D technique. The pore size is however not obtained correctly from the NMR-D experiment. Due to the small size of the water pores, the pore size is underestimated when measured with NMR-D. This effect is investigated in more detail by Brownian dynamic simulations from which a correction factor is obtained that allows a more correct value of the pore size from NMR-D measurements. When the pore size is too small to be observed by optical microscopy, typically below 0.5 mu m, NMR diffusometry combined with Brownian dynamic simulations are shown to be a rapid and reliable tool for quantifying the porosity in these types of systems.

Brownian dynamic simulations

alkyl ketene dimer


NMR diffusometry





Kristina Mohlin

Chalmers, Kemi- och bioteknik, Teknisk ytkemi

Niklas Lorén

SIK – Institutet för Livsmedel och Bioteknik AB

Magnus Nydén

SuMo Biomaterials

Chalmers, Kemi- och bioteknik

Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects

0927-7757 (ISSN) 18734359 (eISSN)

Vol. 297 1-3 114-121





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