An EPR original approach for characterization of porous materials and application to cotton fibers

N. Abidi, E. Hequet, C. Kaewprasit, B. Deroide, J. V. Zanchetta

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Abstract

The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) of Mn2+ was used to determine pore size distribution of silica gel and aerosoil200. The paramagnetic probe Mn2+ was chosen because it is sensitive to its environment. In presence of water molecules, [Mn(H2O)6]2+ paramagnetic species can be formed. Consequently, all of the changes of water pressure lead to modify the EPR spectra of Mn2+. Using Kelvin law, a pore radius distribution can be established. By this EPR technique, the pores radius values of silica gel and aerosil200 are 5Å and 16Å respectively. The comparison between the results obtained from the EPR and BET techniques is satisfactory and seems promising. EPR technique was tried to apply to cotton fibers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1594-1598
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1998

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