The radiolysis mechanism of the Fricke-gel-dosimeters has been investigated in order to evaluate the role of hydrogels in the radical production. For this purpose, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra were acquired for samples frozen and irradiated at 77 K. The analysis was performed by increasing stepwise the temperature and acquiring the EPR spectra at 120 K in order to follow the radical reaction mechanism. The comparison between aqueous- and gel- dosimeters were performed. Both gelatin from porcine skin and PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) were investigated as gel matrix. Different radical species were identified and qualitatively compared. For gel matrix, peroxyl radicals, stemming from the hydrogel, play an important role in the survival of radicals at higher temperature. Moreover, the Fe3+EPR signal has been studied and compared with the radicals concentration. From this comparison, it is evident the increase of Fe3+concentration is shifted toward higher temperatures with respect to the radical decay. To explain this phenomenon, the intervention of EPR silent species like peroxides is supposed.

The role of hydrogels in the radical production of the Fricke-gel-dosimeter

LIOSI, GIULIA MARIA;Mariani, M.;BUTTAFAVA, ARMANDO;
2018

Abstract

The radiolysis mechanism of the Fricke-gel-dosimeters has been investigated in order to evaluate the role of hydrogels in the radical production. For this purpose, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra were acquired for samples frozen and irradiated at 77 K. The analysis was performed by increasing stepwise the temperature and acquiring the EPR spectra at 120 K in order to follow the radical reaction mechanism. The comparison between aqueous- and gel- dosimeters were performed. Both gelatin from porcine skin and PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) were investigated as gel matrix. Different radical species were identified and qualitatively compared. For gel matrix, peroxyl radicals, stemming from the hydrogel, play an important role in the survival of radicals at higher temperature. Moreover, the Fe3+EPR signal has been studied and compared with the radicals concentration. From this comparison, it is evident the increase of Fe3+concentration is shifted toward higher temperatures with respect to the radical decay. To explain this phenomenon, the intervention of EPR silent species like peroxides is supposed.
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