Conference Contribution Details


RE Imhof.
Invited Talk, 8th Annual Meeting of the Skin Forum, London 2007.



The talk describes novel methods for characterising the interaction of nails and water in vivo and in vitro. We use Opto-thermal Transient Emission Radiometry (OTTER) to measure water concentration depth profiles within the top ~10 microns of nails. We also use the AquaFlux™ condenser-chamber method with purpose-designed accessories to measure Trans-Onychial Water Loss (TOWL), water desorption dynamics and water transpiration. The time-lag method was used to calculate diffusion coefficients from transpiration measurements of water in nail and hoof.


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