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Analytical applications of photon correlation spectroscopy for size distribution measurements of natural colloidal suspensions: capabilities and limitations

Publication date1997
Abstract

Particles are ubiquitous in all natural systems and play an important role in the control and fate of nutrients and pollutants. Currently, only limited information is available concerning particle number and size distributions, owing to the problems involved in their experimental determination. In the present paper, limitations and optimal conditions for particle size determinations of environmental samples using photon correlation spectroscopy are studied. The detection limit, the effects of polydispersity of the sample and the refractive index value are discussed based on results obtained with synthetic colloids. The photon correlation spectroscopic determination of particle size distributions in real aquatic systems is also presented in the second part of the paper.

Keywords
  • Aquatic colloids
  • Dynamic light scattering
  • Particle size determination
  • Photon correlation spectroscopy
  • Submicron particles
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FILELLA, Montserrat et al. Analytical applications of photon correlation spectroscopy for size distribution measurements of natural colloidal suspensions: capabilities and limitations. In: Colloids and surfaces. A, Physicochemical and engineering aspects, 1997, vol. 120, n° 1-3, p. 27–46. doi: 10.1016/S0927-7757(96)03677-1
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