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1H NMR Relaxometric Analysis of Paramagnetic Gd2O3:Yb Nanoparticles Functionalized with Citrate Groups

By Fabio Carniato and Giorgio Gatti


Gd2O3 nanoparticles doped with different amount of Yb3+ ions and coated with citrate molecules were prepared by a cheap and fast co-precipitation procedure and proposed as potential “positive” contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging. The citrate was used to improve the aqueous suspension, limiting particles precipitation. The relaxometric properties of the samples were studied in aqueous solution as a function of the magnetic field strength in order to evaluate the interaction of the paramagnetic ions exposed on the surface with the water molecules in proximity. The nanoparticles showed high relaxivity values at a high magnetic field with respect to the clinically used Gd3+-chelates and comparable to those of similar nanosytems. Special attention was also addressed to the investigation of the chemical stability of the nanoparticles in biological fluid (reconstructed human serum) and in the presence of a chelating agent

Topics: paramagnetic properties, Gadolinium oxide, relaxation agents, nanoparticles, Inorganic chemistry, QD146-197
Publisher: MDPI AG
Year: 2019
DOI identifier: 10.3390/inorganics7030034
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