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International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 8256437, 5 pages
Research Article

Use of the Relaxometry Technique for Quantification of Paramagnetic Ions in Aqueous Solutions and a Comparison with Other Analytical Methods

1Instituto de Química de São Carlos, Universidade de São Paulo, Avenida Trabalhador São-Carlense 400, 13560-070 São Carlos, SP, Brazil
2Embrapa Instrumentação, Rua XV de Novembro 1452, 13560-970 São Carlos, SP, Brazil

Received 29 March 2016; Accepted 24 April 2016

Academic Editor: Peter A. Tanner

Copyright © 2016 Bruna Ferreira Gomes et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We have demonstrated that the relaxometry technique is very efficient to quantify paramagnetic ions during in situ electrolysis measurements. Therefore, the goal of this work was to validate the relaxometry technique in the determination of the concentration of the ions contained in electrolytic solutions, Cu2+, Ni2+, Cr3+, and Mn2+, and compare it with other analytical methods. Two different NMR spectrometers were used: a commercial spectrometer with a homogeneous magnetic field and a home-built unilateral sensor with an inhomogeneous magnetic field. Without pretreatment, manganese ions do not have absorption bands in the UV-Visible region, but it is possible to quantify them using relaxometry (the limit of quantification is close to 10−5 mol L−1). Therefore, since the technique does not require chemical indicators and is a cheap and robust method, it can be used as a replacement for some conventional quantification techniques. The relaxometry technique could be applied to evaluate the corrosion of metallic surfaces.