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NUCLEAR-MAGNETIC-RESONANCE IMAGING AS A PROBE OF THE FREEZING-THAWING PHENOMENA OF LIQUIDS IN HETEROGENEOUS SYSTEMS

TitleNUCLEAR-MAGNETIC-RESONANCE IMAGING AS A PROBE OF THE FREEZING-THAWING PHENOMENA OF LIQUIDS IN HETEROGENEOUS SYSTEMS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1994
AuthorsFyfe, CA, Isbell, SA, Burlinson, NE
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Chemistry
Volume32
Pagination276-283
Date PublishedMay
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0749-1581
KeywordsCRYOPROTECTANT, DIMETHYLSULFOXIDE, FREEZING, NMR, NMR imaging, RESOLUTION
Abstract

NMR microscopic imaging is shown to be an excellent probe of the freezing and thawing phenomena of liquids in heterogeneous chemical systems, and, in addition, is capable of monitoring the freezing-thawing of mixed solvent systems. In the model mixed solvent system Me(2)SO-water, the chemical shift specific slice selective (C4S) imaging technique is used to obtain the spatial distributions of the concentrations and mobilities of the two individual solvents in test samples. Measurements of relaxation parameters make it possible to choose values of imaging parameters TE and TR to ensure quantitative reliability of the images. Images of test samples generated at various temperatures demonstrate the qualitative relationship between image intensity and the Me(2)SO-water phase diagram. This series of experiments verifies that NMR microscopic imaging will be a powerful tool for the study of liquids within solid matrices, and in particular of cryoprotectant solvents in biological systems.

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