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Soft Matter and Biological Physics

Eur. Phys. J. E 6, 29-35 (2001)

Nanoparticles superficial density of charge in electric double-layered magnetic fluid: A conductimetric and potentiometric approach

A.F.C. Campos1, F.A. Tourinho1, G.J. da Silva2, M.C.F.L. Lara2 and J. Depeyrot2

1  Complex Fluids Group, Instituto de Química, Universidade de Brasília, Caixa Postal 04478, 70919-970, Brasília (DF), Brazil
2  Complex Fluids Group, Instituto de Física, Universidade de Brasília, Caixa Postal 04455, 70919-970, Brasília (DF), Brazil


(Received 9 May 2001 and Received in final form 17 July 2001)

We analyze potentiometric and conductimetric measurements simultaneously performed on Electric Double-Layer Magnetic Fluid based on cobalt ferrite nanoparticles, in order to obtain the pH-dependence of the particle surface charge density. We propose a mechanism for the charging of the particle surface. This model considers the ferrofluid solution as a mixture of strong and weak diprotic acids. We show how an exact analytical treatment involving proton transfer between the particle surface and the bulk solution allows the construction of a speciation diagram of the charged superficial sites. The saturation value of the superficial density of charge is found to be equal to 0.326 $\pm $ 0.065 C m-2.

75.50.Mm - Magnetic liquids.
82.70.Dd - Colloids.
82.60.Hc - Chemical equilibria and equilibrium constants.
82.80.Fk - Electrochemical methods.

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