Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) diffusometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) were combined in a quantitative way in finite element calculations of water propagation in CLSM images obtained from a very heterogeneous emulsion. The propagators calculated on the basis of microstructure were Fourier transformed and subsequently compared with the echo decays obtained by the NMR diffusometry method. The results showed very good agreement between microstructure based calculations and experiments, indicating that the short gradient pulse approximation in the NMR diffusometry experiment holds for a certain q range. Furthermore, the CLSM was able to achieve a relevant two-dimensional microstructure although some discrepancy at low q values was noted. This effect is attributed to the inherent three-dimensional connectivity between the water domains in this type of structures, making the calculations slightly underestimate the water diffusion at longer distances.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Chemical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Jan 2005|