Particle diffusion in porous media investigated by dynamic light scattering

Beschieru V, Rathke B, Will S (2009)

Publication Language: English

Publication Status: Published

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2009


Publisher: Elsevier

Book Volume: 125

Pages Range: 63-89

Journal Issue: 1-2

DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2009.03.042


Dynamic light scattering as a non-invasive method was applied to the investigation of the diffusion of polystyrene (PS) particles in controlled pore glasses (CPG) as a function of the tracer particle to pore size ratio. These micro-/macro-porous glasses exhibit a bicontinuous randomly distributed microstructure and were saturated with mixtures of water and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) to achieve almost perfect optical matching. While the scattering of the glassy matrix vanishes under such conditions the polystyrene tracer particles show a suitable scattering intensity allowing for the implementation of a homodyne detection scheme. In the experiments two distinct diffusion modes can be identified which are related to the diffusion in the voids of the CPG grains and inside the CPG matrix, respectively, where the latter is significantly lowered in comparison to the free bulk diffusion. The diffusion coefficients within the confinement are quantified on basis of the ratio of particle to pore sizes. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Beschieru, V., Rathke, B., & Will, S. (2009). Particle diffusion in porous media investigated by dynamic light scattering. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 125(1-2), 63-89.


Beschieru, V., Bernd Rathke, and Stefan Will. "Particle diffusion in porous media investigated by dynamic light scattering." Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 125.1-2 (2009): 63-89.

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