Slow dynamics of embedded fluid in mesoscopic confining systems as probed by NMR relaxometry
Ecole Polytechnique, PMC-CNRS, 91128, Palaiseau , France
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Mesoscopic media such as porous materials or colloidal dispersions strongly influence the dynamics of the embedded fluid. In the strong-adsorption regime, it was recently proposed that the effective surface diffusion on flat surface is anomalous and exhibits long-time pathology, enlarging the time domain of the embedded-fluid dynamics towards the low-frequency regime. An interesting way to probe such a slow interfacial process is to use the field-cycling NMR relaxometry. This technique is used here to probe the fluid dynamics in two types of interfacial systems: i) a colloidal glass made of thin and flat particles; ii) a fully saturated porous media, the Vycor glass. Experimental results are critically compared to either a simple theoretical model of NMR dispersion involving elementary steps of the fluid dynamics near an interface (loops, trains, tails) or Brownian-dynamics simulations performed inside 3D reconstructions of these confined systems.
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