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Water sorption and electrical properties of a human nail.
Skin Res Technol. 2008 May; 14(2):142-6.SR

Abstract

BACKGROUND/PURPOSE

Water absorption is important for the overall function of keratinized tissues like the stratum corneum and nail. Hence, measurement of water sorption dynamics and water content of these tissues is of great interest.

METHODS

We have studied water sorption and electrical properties of a human nail in a measuring cell where the temperature and relative hydration could be controlled.

RESULTS

We found the amount of absorbed water to be linearly dependent on ambient relative humidity up to about 70%, followed by a stronger dependency. Furthermore, we found that electrical conductance and capacitance are exponentially dependent on the water content.

CONCLUSION

Both electrical conductance and susceptance are good indicators of water content in the nail. The results also possibly indicate that the capacitance is dependent on the mobility of the keratin chains, while the conductance is probably more dependent on water molecule mobility.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. ogm@fys.uio.noNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18412555

Citation

Martinsen, Orjan G., et al. "Water Sorption and Electrical Properties of a Human Nail." Skin Research and Technology : Official Journal of International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin (ISBS) [and] International Society for Digital Imaging of Skin (ISDIS) [and] International Society for Skin Imaging (ISSI), vol. 14, no. 2, 2008, pp. 142-6.
Martinsen OG, Grimnes S, Nilsen SH. Water sorption and electrical properties of a human nail. Skin Res Technol. 2008;14(2):142-6.
Martinsen, O. G., Grimnes, S., & Nilsen, S. H. (2008). Water sorption and electrical properties of a human nail. Skin Research and Technology : Official Journal of International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin (ISBS) [and] International Society for Digital Imaging of Skin (ISDIS) [and] International Society for Skin Imaging (ISSI), 14(2), 142-6. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0846.2007.00267.x
Martinsen OG, Grimnes S, Nilsen SH. Water Sorption and Electrical Properties of a Human Nail. Skin Res Technol. 2008;14(2):142-6. PubMed PMID: 18412555.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Water sorption and electrical properties of a human nail. AU - Martinsen,Orjan G, AU - Grimnes,Sverre, AU - Nilsen,Simen H, PY - 2008/4/17/pubmed PY - 2008/5/7/medline PY - 2008/4/17/entrez SP - 142 EP - 6 JF - Skin research and technology : official journal of International Society for Bioengineering and the Skin (ISBS) [and] International Society for Digital Imaging of Skin (ISDIS) [and] International Society for Skin Imaging (ISSI) JO - Skin Res Technol VL - 14 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Water absorption is important for the overall function of keratinized tissues like the stratum corneum and nail. Hence, measurement of water sorption dynamics and water content of these tissues is of great interest. METHODS: We have studied water sorption and electrical properties of a human nail in a measuring cell where the temperature and relative hydration could be controlled. RESULTS: We found the amount of absorbed water to be linearly dependent on ambient relative humidity up to about 70%, followed by a stronger dependency. Furthermore, we found that electrical conductance and capacitance are exponentially dependent on the water content. CONCLUSION: Both electrical conductance and susceptance are good indicators of water content in the nail. The results also possibly indicate that the capacitance is dependent on the mobility of the keratin chains, while the conductance is probably more dependent on water molecule mobility. SN - 1600-0846 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18412555/Water_sorption_and_electrical_properties_of_a_human_nail_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -