Monitoring the formation of oil-water emulsions with a fast spatially resolved NMR spectroscopy method

Meng Ting You, Zhi Liang Wei, Jian Yang, Xiao Hong Cui, Zhong Chen

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In the present study, a fast chemical shift imaging (CSI) method has been used to dynamically monitor the formation of oil-water emulsions and the phase separation process of the emulsion phase from the excessive water or oil phase on the molecular level. With signals sampled from series of small voxels simultaneously within a few seconds, high-resolution one-dimensional (1D) 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra from different spatial positions for inhomogeneous emulsion systems induced by susceptibility differences among components can be obtained independently. On the basis of integrals from these 1H NMR spectra, profiles obtained explicitly demonstrate the spatial and temporal variations of oil concentrations. Furthermore, the phase separation time and the length of the oil-water emulsion phase are determined. In addition, effects of oil types and proportions of the emulsifier on the emulsification states are also inspected. Experimental results indicate that 1D PHASICS (Partial Homogeneity Assisted Inhomogeneity Correction Spectroscopy) provides a helpful and promising alternative to research on dynamic processes or chemical reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number028201
JournalChinese Physics B
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • formation of emulsions
  • non-invasive monitoring
  • phase separation process
  • spatially-resolved NMR spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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