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Pitfalls in Size Characterization of Soft Particles by Dynamic Light Scattering Online Coupled to Asymmetrical Flow Field-Flow Fractionation

An asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) technique coupled to a multiangle light scattering (MALS) detector with an embedded dynamic light scattering (DLS) module was introduced to study the size characteristics and shape of soft particles of various size and type: polystyrene nanosphere size standards, lipid droplets (LDs), and large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs). A range of flow velocities through the LS detector, at which accurate hydrodynamic size can be extracted from the DLS in flow mode, was studied since the particles subjected to a longitudinal flow exhibit not only the Brownian motion due to diffusion but also the translational movement. In addition, the impact of the longitudinal flow velocity on the shape of the artificial LUV of two different sizes and two different compositions was studied by MALS. For comparison, the conventional batch DLS and static light scattering (SLS) experiments without prior sample separation by size were performed. From a combination of batch and flow light...

Authors:   Simona Sitar; Valerija Vezočnik; Peter Maček; Ksenija Kogej; David Pahovnik; Ema Žagar
Journal:   Analytical Chemistry
Year:   2017
DOI:   10.1021/acs.analchem.7b03251
Publication date:   13-Oct-2017
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