Science.gov

Sample records for aot microemulsion system

  1. Synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles in AOT microemulsion system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Wanzhong; Qiao, Xueliang; Chen, Jianguo

    2006-11-01

    Colloidal silver nanoparticles have been synthesized in water-in-oil microemulsion using silver nitrate solubilized in the water core of one microemulsion as source of silver ions, hydrazine hydrate solubilized in the water core of another microemulsion as reducing agent, dodecane as the oil phase, sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) as the surfactant. The UV-vis absorption spectra and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) have been used to trace the growth process and elucidate the structure of the silver nanoparticles. UV-vis spectra show that the Ag4+ intermediates formed at early stages of the reaction and then the clusters grow or aggregate to larger nanoparticles. TEM micrographs confirm that the silver nanoparticles are all spherical. The resulting particles have a very narrow size distribution. Meanwhile, the diameter size of the particles is so small that the smallest mean diameter is only 1.6 nm. IR results show that the surfactant molecules are strongly adsorbed on the surface of silver particles through a coordination bond between the silver atom and the sulfonic group of AOT molecules, which endows the particles with a good stability in oil solvents. As dodecane is used as oil solvent to prepare silver nanoparticles, the formed nano-silver sol is almost nontoxic. As a result, the silver nanoparticles need not be separated from the reaction solution and the silver sol may be directly used in antibacterial fields.

  2. Spinodal decomposition of the three-component microemulsion system: AOT/water/decane

    SciTech Connect

    Mallamace, F.; Micali, N.; Trusso, S.; Chen, S.H.

    1995-12-31

    The authors have performed a series of spinodal decomposition measurements of a three-component microemulsion system made of a surfactant AOT, water, and decane. The measurements were made by a temperature jump from a one-phase droplet microemulsion to a two-phase droplet microemulsion along the critical iso-volume fraction line (10%) using the time resolved light scattering intensity technique. All three stages of the evolution were studied. The typical scattering intensity distribution is in good agreement with recent dynamic scaling theories.

  3. Studies on the catalytic behaviour of a cholinesterase-like abzyme in an AOT microemulsion system.

    PubMed

    Franqueville, Eric; Stamatis, Haralambos; Loutrari, Heleni; Friboulet, Alain; Kolisis, Fragiskos

    2002-08-01

    The hydrolytic activity of a monoclonal catalytic antibody (9A8) (abzyme) with acetylcholinesterase-like activity was investigated in water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions (reverse micelles) based on sodium bis-2-(ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) in isooctane, using p- and o-nitrophenylacetate (p-and o-NPA) as substrates. The dependence of the abzyme hydrolytic activity on the molar ratio of water to surfactant (w(o)) showed a bell-shaped curve, presenting a maximum at w(o)=11.1. An increase of the AOT concentration at constant w(o), resulted in a decrease of the catalytic activity suggesting a possible inhibition effect of the surfactant. The incorporation of the abzyme into the reverse micelle system caused a blue shift of the fluorescence emission maximum by a magnitude of 7-10 nm depending on the w(o) value. This result indicates that the antibody molecule, or a large part of it, is located in the aqueous microphase of the system. Kinetic studies showed that the hydrolysis of p-and o-NPA in microemulsion system as well as in aqueous solution follows Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The catalytic efficiency (k(cat)/K(m)) in w/o microemulsion was significant lower than in aqueous solution. PMID:12067523

  4. Phase behavior, transport properties, and thermodynamics of water/AOT/alkanol microemulsion systems

    SciTech Connect

    Ray, S.; Moulik, S.P.

    1995-07-01

    The phase diagrams of ternary systems of water/Aerosol-OT/alkanol (having carbon numbers 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10) are presented. Appreciable single-phase zones with viscous regions at higher proportions of Aerosol-OT (AOT) have been witnessed for all the alkanols. The ternary systems have also shown water-induced percolation of conductance with multistep phenomena in some cases. The viscous preparations have behaved like Bingham liquids (the viscosity has increased with the rate of shear). The enthalpy of the solubilization of water in alkanol/AOT medium has been calorimetrically determined to be positive; the free energy has been evaluated from the knowledge of maximum water intake until phase separation. The free energy and entropy of water solubilization (derived from Gibbs` equation) have been found to be positive and negative, respectively, and they follow a regular trend with the [alkanol]/[AOT] mole ratio (R) as well as with the alkanol carbon number. On the other hand, the enthalpy values, although they increased with R, increase with alkanol chainlength to a maximum for heptanol and then decrease for both octanol and decanol. It is considered that the heptanol acts as an efficient cosurfactant with AOT and helps to produce microdroplets with increased endothermicity.

  5. Phase behavior of AOT microemulsions in compressible liquids. [AOT = bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate

    SciTech Connect

    McFann, G.J.; Johnston, K.P. )

    1991-06-13

    The phase behavior of bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT)-alkane-brine systems is described over a wide range of pressure, temperature, and salinity for alkanes from ethane to dodecane. The partitioning of AOT between the oil, middle, and brine phases is reported for propane in order to determine the natural curvature. This is important for understanding separation processes with water-in-oil microemulsions. For the lighter, more compressible alkanes, the pressure effect on the hydrophilicity of the surfactant is much larger and in the opposite direction as for the heavier, less compressible ones. In propane at constant temperature and salinity, water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions have been converted to middle phase microemulsions and then to oil-in-water (o/w) microemulsions by decreasing the pressure. These phase inversions are described in terms of the immiscibilities in the binary systems, and the molecular interactions at the surfactant interface. Although temperature and salinity are used commonly to manipulate interactions primarily on the water side of the interface, these results show it is possible to control interactions on the oil side by adjusting the pressure. The well-established trends in the phase behavior and size of microemulsion drops for dodecane through hexane are not observed for the lighter alkanes. For butane through ethane, a new unusual behavior is identified and attributed to a significant decrease in the strength of the attractive interactions between the surfactant tails and the alkane.

  6. The influence of the structure and the composition of water/AOT-Tween 85/IPM microemulsion system on transdermal delivery of 5-fluorouracil.

    PubMed

    Yanyu, Xiao; Fang, Liu; Qineng, Ping; Hao, Cai

    2012-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of the structure and the composition of water/Aerosol-OT (AOT)-Tween 85/isopropylmyristate (IPM) microemulsion system (WATI) on transdermal delivery of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). The structure of WATI was characterized by measuring surface tension, density, viscosity, electric conductivity, and differential scanning calorimetry. The effect of the drug loading, water content, component compositions and the amount of mixed surfactant on permeation of 5-FU through mice skin was evaluated by using Franz-type diffusion cells. The results in vitro implied that WATI was W/O microemulsion when the water content was below 20 wt% at fixed 20 wt% of mixed surfactant at 25°C, then might be transformed to a bicontinuous structure, finally, formed O/W microemulsion with water content over 30 wt%. Increase of the drug loading can directly facilitate the penetration of the drug across the skin. Drug diffusion after 12 h from the bicontinuous microemulsion (795.1 ± 22.3 µg·cm(-2)) would be fastest compared to that from the W/O microemulsion (650.2 ± 11.7 µg·cm(-2)) and the O/W microemulsion (676.6 ± 14.8 µg·cm(-2)). The combination of AOT and IPM could bring about synergistic effect on the skin enhancement, however, Tween 85 in WATI decreased the cumulative permeation amount of 5-FU. The content of mixed surfactant had no effect on the permeation of 5-FU at fixed surfactant/cosurfactant ratio (K(m) = 2). Thus, the increased transdermal delivery the hydrophilic drug of 5-FU was found to be concerned with both of the structure and the composition of WATI. PMID:22324326

  7. Spectrometric study of AOT-hydrolysis reaction in water/AOT/isooctane microemulsions using phenolphthalein as a chemical probe.

    PubMed

    Mao, Shiyan; Chen, Zhiyun; Fan, Dashuang; An, Xueqin; Shen, Weiguo

    2012-01-12

    The kinetics of the alkaline hydrolysis of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) in water/AOT/isooctane microemulsions has been studied by monitoring the absorbance change of the phenolphthalein in the system with time. The apparent first-order rate constant k(obs) has been obtained and found to be dependent on both the molar ratio of water to AOT ω and the temperature. The dependences of k(obs) on ω have been analyzed by a pseudophase model which gives the true rate constants k(i) of the AOT-hydrolysis reaction on the interface and the partition coefficients K(wi) for the distribution of OH(-) between aqueous and interface pseudophases at various temperatures; the latter is almost independent of the temperature and ω. The temperature dependences of the reaction rate constants k(obs) and k(i) have been analyzed to obtain enthalpy ΔH(≠), entropy ΔS(≠), and energy E(a) of activation, which indicate that the distribution of OH(-) between aqueous and interface pseudophases increases ΔS(≠) but makes no contribution to E(a) and ΔH(≠). The influence of the overall concentration of AOT in the system on the rate constant has been examined and found to be negligible. It contradicts with what was reported by García-Río et al. (1) but confirms that the first-order reaction of the AOT-hydrolysis takes place on the surfactant interface. The study of the influence of AOT-hydrolysis on the kinetics of the alkaline fading of crystal violet or phenolphthalein in the water/AOT/isooctane microemulsions suggests that corrections for the AOT-hydrolysis in these reactions are required. PMID:22168828

  8. Nanoparticles synthesis of tungsten disulfide via AOT-based microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Ghoreishi, S.M.; Meshkat, S.S.; Ghiaci, M.; Dadkhah, A.A.

    2012-06-15

    Graphical abstract: A controlled synthesis of WS2 nanoparticles (most probably inorganic fullerene (IF)) via microemulsion was applied for the first time to prepare WS2 (7–12 nm) by acidification of the water cores of the AOT reverse microemulsion. Highlights: ► An innovative reverse microemulsion technique was developed for WS{sub 2} synthesis. ► WS{sub 2} nanoparticles were obtained with narrow size distribution in range of 7–12 nm. ► Operating cost of microemulsion was lower in contrast to quartz reactor method. ► WS{sub 2} morphology could be controlled to obtain highly active and selective catalysts. ► Lower size of WS{sub 2} in this study overcomes the shortcoming of quartz reactor method. -- Abstract: The tungsten disulfide (WS{sub 2}) nanoparticles (most probably inorganic fullerene (IF)) with a narrow size distribution were synthesized by a reverse micelle technique for the first time. The particle size was controlled by varying water-to-surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}), aging time and reagent concentration. The synthesized WS{sub 2} nanoparticles were characterized by zetasizer, UV–visible spectrophotometers and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The WS{sub 2} nanoparticles with particle diameter size of 7–12 nm were obtained via 24 h aging time. The particle size was controlled by changing the aging time and molar ratio of water/surfactant. Doubling W{sub 0} increased the amount and particle size of WS{sub 2} by 22 and 26%, respectively. The effect of aging time in the range of 6–24 h was investigated and the complete disappearance of yellowish color at 24 h resulted in an optically clear solution, which was the indication of WS{sub 2} formation with 100% conversion of reactant ((NH{sub 4}){sub 2}WS{sub 4}) in the batch reactor.

  9. Micelle and microemulsion properties of cesium di-dodecyl-dimethylsulfosuccinate, Cs-AOT

    SciTech Connect

    Sheu, E.Y.; Nostro, P.L.; Capuzzi, G.; Baglioni, P.

    1999-09-28

    Cesium di-2-ethylsulfosuccinate (Cs-AOT) micelles in aqueous solutions and Cs-AOT/water/n-decane microemulsions were investigated, at 22 {plus{underscore}minus} 0.1 C, by small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The critical micelle concentration of Cs-AOT is {approximately}2mM, comparable to that of Na-AOT. However, their solution properties and micellar structures were found to be very different. The solubility of Na-AOT in water is approximately 1 wt %, and the micelles grow from spherical (at a concentration of about 0.1 wt %) to oblate objects with eccentricity equal to about 0.8 (at a concentration of 1 wt %), whereas Cs-AOT is largely soluble in water, over 30 wt %, and its micelles are disklike at 1 wt %. As the surfactant concentration increases, micelles may go through an L{sub 3} region, and enter the lamellar phase. Cs-AOT/water/n-decane microemulsions, with a [water]/[Cs-AOT] = 29.1, form isotropic L{sub 2} phases only at very low Cs-AOT + ater volume fractions (below 0.0165), whereas Na-AOT has a large L{sub 2} region. These differences are probably due to the degree of charge condensation near the AOT polar headgroups. A theoretical description is needed to better understand this behavior.

  10. Electrical conductivity and permittivity of water-AOT-n-heptane microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Arcoleo, V.; Goffredi, M.; Liveri, V.T.

    1995-11-01

    Measurements of the electrical conductivity and of the complex permittivity of water-sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)-n-heptane microemulsions are reported. The experimental results are rationalized in terms of a hopping mechanism of AOT anions within clusters of reversed micelles. The dependence of the hopping rate and of the cluster dimensions upon the ratio [water]/[AOT] and temperature is discussed.

  11. Interdroplet attractive forces in AOT water-in-oil microemulsions formed in subcritical and supercritical solvents

    SciTech Connect

    Tingey, J.M.; Fulton, J.L.; Smith, R.D. )

    1990-03-08

    The van der Waals attractive interactions between aqueous droplets in water-in-oil type microemulsions have been investigated for a range of continuous-phase solvents including the alkanes from methane to isooctane and the noble gases, krypton and xenon. Hamaker constants for water droplets with surfactant shells of the sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in subcritical and supercritical solvents were calculated by using Lifshitz theory and the resulting interaction potential calculations qualitatively account for many features of the phase behavior of these systems.

  12. Complex permittivity of FeCl3/AOT/CCl4 microemulsions probed by AC impedance spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Calandra, Pietro; Ruggirello, Angela; Turco Liveri, Vincenzo

    2009-09-01

    The complex permittivity of FeCl(3)/AOT/CCl(4) microemulsions in the 1-10(5) Hz frequency range has been measured by the conventional AC complex impedance technique. Measurements as a function of the volume fraction of the dispersed phase (FeCl(3)+AOT) and temperature at fixed salt-to-AOT molar ratio (R, R = 0.5) show that the entrapment of FeCl(3) clusters significantly enhances the local permittivity of the AOT reverse micelles and the number density of charge carriers resulting from the peculiar state of the confined inorganic salt. An estimate of the apparent static permittivity of the FeCl(3) ionic clusters entrapped in the core of AOT reverse micelles gives the very high and quite surprisingly value of about 237. Moreover, a thorough analysis of conductivity data and of their temperature dependence strongly supports the hypothesis that the charge transport in these systems is mainly sustained by a mechanism of hopping consisting in the continuous jumping of charged species within supra-micellar aggregates of AOT reverse micelles whose aggregation is driven by fluctuating opposite charges on contacting micelles. PMID:19481764

  13. Water-AOT-alkylbenzene microemulsions: influence of alkyl chain length on structure and percolation behavior.

    PubMed

    Appel, Markus; Spehr, Tinka Luise; Wipf, Robert; Stühn, Bernd

    2012-06-15

    We study the percolation behavior of the water-in-oil (w/o) droplet phase of AOT (sodium bis[2-ethylhexyl] sulfosuccinate)-based microemulsions with different alkylbenzenes (toluene, ethylbenzene, butylbenzene or octylbenzene) as oil phase. We use microemulsions of varying composition with molar water to surfactant ratios 0≤W≤ 50 and droplet (water plus surfactant) volume fractions 10%≤φ≤50%. Using dielectric spectroscopy, a percolation transition is observed in w/o microemulsions with butylbenzene or octylbenzene. With increasing molecular weight of the alkylbenzene, the percolation temperature T(P) decreases. The structure of the microemulsions is determined by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). With increasing molar weight of the alkylbenzene, the stability range of the L(2) droplet phase extends to higher W. The larger amount of solubilizable water can be related to variable oil penetration of the AOT monolayer, which affects the spontaneous curvature of the surfactant shell. PMID:22446149

  14. Electrochemistry and electrocatalysis with vitamin B sub 12 in an AOT water-in-oil microemulsion

    SciTech Connect

    Owlia, Azita; Wang, Zhenghao; Rusling, J.F. )

    1989-07-05

    Vitamin B{sub 12a} solubilized in water pools of highly resistive water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions of 0.2 M Aerosol OT (AOT, bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate)/4 M water/isooctane gave separate reductions of base-on cob(III)alamine to base-on cob(II)alamine (E{sub 1/2} = {minus}0.03 V vs SCE) and base-on cob(II)alamine to base-off cob(I)alamine (E{sub 1/2} = {minus} 0.87 V). Diffusion coefficients suggested that vitamin B{sub 12} induces the formation of surfactant aggregates in w/o microemulsions that are larger than in solute-free systems. Relative reactivities toward reductions of three oil-soluble alkyl vicinal dihalides by electrochemically generated cob(I) alamine were modified in the microemulsion compared to isotropic water-acetonitrile. Changes in relative reactivity are not explained by simple partition of vicinal dibromides between isooctane and water and suggest specific interactions with surfactant aggregates or significant reaction in the bulk isooctane phase.

  15. Droplet polydispersity and shape fluctuations in AOT [bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate sodium salt] microemulsions studied by contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Arleth, Lise; Pedersen, Jan Skov

    2001-06-01

    Microemulsions consisting of AOT water, and decane or iso-octane are studied in the region of the phase diagram where surfactant covered water droplets are formed. The polydispersity and shape fluctuations of the microemulsion droplets are determined and compared in the two different alkane types. Conductivity measurements show that there is a pronounced dependence of the temperature behavior of the microemulsion on the type of alkane used. In both cases the microemulsion droplets start to form larger aggregates when the temperature increases. But in the system with decane this aggregation temperature occurs at a temperature about 10 °C lower than in a similar system with iso-octane. Aggregation phenomena are avoided and the two systems are at approximately the same reduced temperature with respect to the aggregation temperature when the temperature of the AOT/D2O/decane microemulsion is 10 °C and the temperature of the AOT/D2O/iso-octane microemulsion is 20 °C. Contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering measurements are performed at these temperatures on systems with volume fractions of 5% D2O+AOT by varying the scattering length density of the alkane. The small-angle scattering for 11 different contrasts evenly distributed around the match points are studied for each sample. The scattering data for the different contrasts are analyzed using a molecular constrained model for ellipsoidal droplets of water covered by AOT, interacting as polydisperse hard spheres. All contrasts are fitted simultaneously by taking the different contrast factors into account. The analysis show that at the same reduced temperature with respect to the aggregation temperature the droplet size, polydispersity index, the size of the shape fluctuations are similar in the two systems. A polydispersity index (σ/R of the Gaussian size distribution) of 16% and an average axis ratio of the droplets of 1.56 is found in the AOT/D2O/decane microemulsion. In the AOT/D2O/iso-octane system

  16. Effect of proteins on dynamics of water-in-oil AOT microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hirai, M.; Kawai-Hirai, R.; Iwase, H.; Hayakawa, T.; Kawabata, Y.; Takeda, T.

    By using neutron spin echo and small angle X-ray scattering methods, we studied the effect of the occlusion of proteins on the structure and dynamics of a water-in-oil sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) microemulsion with varying protein concentration. We observed a change of the peak height of the effective diffusion coefficient, indicating that the occlusion of proteins enhances a shape fluctuation of the microemulsion. Such an enhancement would be essentially important for an appearance of super-activity of enzymes occluded in microemulsions.

  17. Anomalous change in interfacial tension induced by collapses of AOT microemulsions at heptane/water interface

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Takahashi, Masahiko; Yui, Hiroharu; Ikezoe, Yasuhiro; Sawada, Tsuguo

    2004-05-01

    Dynamic behavior of water-in-oil microemulsions at the oil/water interface was investigated using the quasi-elastic laser scattering method. We observed an anomalous rebound behavior of interfacial tension γ induced by collapses of microemulsions and adsorptions of AOT molecules at the interface. γ rapidly decreased and reached a minimum value (5.5 mN/m) at about 500 s after the preparation of the interface, and then increased gradually for about 2000 s to the equilibrium value (8.0 mN/m). We considered the mechanism of the rebound behavior in terms of transient change in interfacial thickness induced by the collapses of AOT microemulsions.

  18. [Controllable synthesis and UV-Vis spectral analysis of silver nanoparticles in AOT microemulsion].

    PubMed

    Zhang, Wan-Zhong; Qiao, Xue-Liang; Luo, Lang-Li; Chen, Jian-Guo

    2009-03-01

    Colloidal silver nanoparticles were synthesized in water-in-oil microemulsion using silver nitrate solubilized in the water core of a microemulsion as source of silver ions, hydrazine hydrate solubilized in the water core of another one as reducing agent, cyclohexane as the continuous phase, and sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) as the surfactant. The main factors affecting the formation of silver nanoparticles were systematically studied. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectra were used for analyzing the effects of reaction parameters, including the type of reducing agents, the molar ratio of water to surfactant and the concentration of AgNO3 and AOT and so on, on the formation of silver nanoparticles. Original results for the controllable synthesis of silver nanoparticles were obtained when the synthesis proceeded in AOT-cyclohexane-AgNO3 microemulsion. The UV-Vis spectra of silver sols formed in the microemulsion with various parameters were studied systematically. The results show that the amount and average size of the obtained nanoparticles obviously depend on the above parameters. When the concentration of AgNO3 is lower, smaller silver nanoparticles are easy to form by increasing the concentration of AgNO3 appropriately. The higher W value was found to form larger numbers of silver nanoparticles with larger particle size. Compared to the solubility of NaBH4 in AOT reverse micelles, hydrazine hydrate is well soluble in these micelles, and thus it is favorable to reduce the silver ions solubilized in the water core of AOT-cyclohexane-AgNO3 microemulsion. The increase in the concentration of AOT induces an increase in the number of AOT micelles and a decrease in the molar ratio of water to surfactant. As a result, the solubilization capacity of reactants in the micelles increases and the radii of the micelles decrease. That is to say, with the increase in AOT concentration, the amount of the formed nanoparticles increases and the average size of the

  19. Formation of nanosized titania particles in AOT microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Moran, P.D.; Bowmaker, G.A.; Cooney, R.P.

    1995-09-01

    Titania nanoparticles have been produced by the controlled hydrolysis of tetraisopropyltitanate (TPT) in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles. Particle formation and aggregation were investigated by static and dynamic light scattering and the chemical species by FT-IR and FT-Raman spectroscopy. The kinetics of particle formation and aggregation were controlled by varying [H{sub 2}O]/[AOT] (w{sub o}), [H{sub 2}O]/[Ti(IV)] and [AOT]/[Ti(IV)]. Nanoparticles, with diameters < 10 nm, could be produced at relatively high Ti(IV) concentrations (up to 0.05 M). These nanoparticles aggregated into sols, with colloid sizes of 20 to 200 nm, eventually forming gelatinous precipitates. Different titania phases were produced, depending on the size of the micellar water pool; small pools (w{sub 0} < 6) yielded amorphous particles, while large pools (w{sub 0} > 10) produced anatase.

  20. Photoisomerization and reorientational mobility of symmetric carbocyanines in AOT/alkane/polar solvent microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dandapat, Manika; Basu, Saswati; Ghosh, Deborin; Mandal, Debabrata

    2014-07-01

    Molecular motion of carbocyanine fluorophores DOCI, DODCI and DTDCI were studied in AOT/n-heptane microemulsions containing added polar solvents: water, methanol or acetonitrile. The response varied remarkably depending on the nature of the fluorophore and polar solvent. When the amount of added polar solvent was low, molecular mobility was invariably retarded, due to a combination of electrostatic and hydrophobic forces that induce the guest fluorophore to cling to the AOT molecules of the host reverse micelle. However, at high amounts of added methanol or water, these interactions diminished considerably, causing increase in the mobility of the guest fluorophores up to different extents.

  1. Changes in the bending modulus of AOT based microemulsions induced by the incorporation of polymers in the water core.

    PubMed

    Kuttich, Björn; Grefe, Ann-Kathrin; Stühn, Bernd

    2016-08-14

    The bending modulus κ is known to be a crucial parameter for the stability of the droplet phase in microemulsion systems. For AOT based water in oil microemulsions the bending modulus of the surfactant has values close to kBT but can be influenced by the presence of polymers. In this work we focus on the water soluble polymer polyethylene glycol and how it influences the bending modulus. An increase by a factor of three is found. For the correct evaluation of the bending modulus via percolation temperatures and droplet radii, thus by dielectric spectroscopy and small angle X-ray scattering, the determination of the radii right at the percolation temperature is crucial as we will show, although it is often neglected. In order to precisely determine the droplet radii we will present a global fitting model which provides reliable results with a minimum number of free fitting parameters. PMID:27416768

  2. Effect of AOT on enzymatic activity of the organic solvent resistant tyrosinase from Streptomyces sp. REN-21 in aqueous solutions and water-in-oil microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Rodakiewicz-Nowak, Janina; Ito, Masaaki

    2005-04-15

    The effect of AOT (sodium-bis(2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate)) on enzymatic activity of the organic solvent resistant tyrosinase (OSRT) in aqueous phosphate buffer solutions and in water-in-oil microemulsions of the water/AOT/isooctane system has been investigated. In contrast to mushroom tyrosinase, AOT does not activate OSRT in aqueous solutions, altering its activity very little at concentrations lower than 2 mM. Increasing contents of AOT in isooctane reduce the observed initial reaction rates of oxidation of t-butylcatechol (tBC) and 4-methylcatechol (4-MC). Similarly to mushroom tyrosinase, the effect has been described using an equation based on preferential binding of the substrates by surfactant interface layers. The apparent Michaelis-Menten substrate binding constants increase linearly with AOT concentration (with slopes of 0.12+/-0.02 and 0.051+/-0.006 for tBC and 4-MC, respectively), and the effective enzyme turnover number in the microemulsions remains practically constant. PMID:15780309

  3. Study of AOT-stabilized microemulsions of urea dispersed in carbon tetrachloride

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ruggirello, A.; Turco Liveri, V.

    2003-03-01

    Measurements of some physico-chemical properties (density, viscosity, permittivity) of the urea/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/CCl 4 system as a function of the volume fraction of the dispersed phase (0< Φ<0.7) at various urea to AOT molar ratio ( Rurea) have been carried out at 25 °C. The experimental data analysis are consistent with the hypothesis that urea is entrapped as small-size molecular clusters within the hydrophilic core of the AOT reversed micelles and that this structure is preserved well above a threshold Φ value where a percolative transition occurs. Besides, X-ray diffraction spectra of samples at Φ=1, obtained by complete evaporation under vacuum of the apolar solvent of urea/AOT/CCl 4 solutions, indicates that, even in the typical two-dimensional hexagonal structure of AOT liquid crystals, urea is encapsulated as uni-dimensional molecular clusters.

  4. Droplet polydispersity and shape fluctuations in AOT [bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate sodium salt] microemulsions studied by contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Arleth, Lise; Pedersen, Jan Skov

    2001-06-01

    Microemulsions consisting of AOT water, and decane or iso-octane are studied in the region of the phase diagram where surfactant covered water droplets are formed. The polydispersity and shape fluctuations of the microemulsion droplets are determined and compared in the two different alkane types. Conductivity measurements show that there is a pronounced dependence of the temperature behavior of the microemulsion on the type of alkane used. In both cases the microemulsion droplets start to form larger aggregates when the temperature increases. But in the system with decane this aggregation temperature occurs at a temperature about 10{degree}C lower than in a similar system with iso-octane. Aggregation phenomena are avoided and the two systems are at approximately the same reduced temperature with respect to the aggregation temperature when the temperature of the AOT/D{sub 2}O/decane microemulsion is 10{degree}C and the temperature of the AOT/D{sub 2}O/iso-octane microemulsion is 20{degree}C. Contrast variation small-angle neutron scattering measurements are performed at these temperatures on systems with volume fractions of 5% D{sub 2}O+AOT by varying the scattering length density of the alkane. The small-angle scattering for 11 different contrasts evenly distributed around the match points are studied for each sample. The scattering data for the different contrasts are analyzed using a molecular constrained model for ellipsoidal droplets of water covered by AOT, interacting as polydisperse hard spheres. All contrasts are fitted simultaneously by taking the different contrast factors into account. The analysis show that at the same reduced temperature with respect to the aggregation temperature the droplet size, polydispersity index, the size of the shape fluctuations are similar in the two systems. A polydispersity index ({sigma}/R of the Gaussian size distribution) of 16% and an average axis ratio of the droplets of 1.56 is found in the AOT/D{sub 2}O

  5. Degradation of carbofuran derivatives in restricted water environments: basic hydrolysis in AOT-based microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Morales, Jorge; Manso, José A; Cid, Antonio; Lodeiro, Carlos; Mejuto, Juan Carlos

    2012-04-15

    The effect of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate/isooctane/water microemulsions on the stability of 2,2-dimethyl-2,3-dihydro-1-benzofuran-7-yl methylcarbamate (carbofuran, CF), 3-hydroxy-2,3-dihydro-2,2-dimethylbenzofuran-7-yl methylcarbamate (3-hydroxycarbofuran, HCF) and 3-keto-2,3-dihydro-2,2-dimethylbenzofuran-7-yl methylcarbamate (3-ketocarbofuran, KCF) in basic media has been studied. The presence of these microheterogeneous media implies a large basic hydrolysis of CF and HCF on increasing surfactant concentration and, also, on increasing water content in the microemulsion. The hydrolysis rate constants are approximately 2- and 10-fold higher than those in pure water for HCF and CF, respectively. In contrast, a steep descent in the rate of decomposition for KCF was observed. These behaviours can be ascribed to the presence of CF derivatives both in the hydrophilic phase and in the lipophilic phase, while the hydroxyl ions are only restricted to the water pool of the microemulsion (hydrophilic phase). The kinetic rate constants for the basic hydrolysis in AOT-based microemulsions have been obtained on the basis of a pseudophase model. Taking into account that an important part of soils are colloids, the possibility of the presence of restricted water environments implies that soil composition and its structure will play an important role in the stability of these carbamates. In fact, we observed that the presence of these restricted aqueous media in the environment, in particular in watersheds and in wastewaters, could reduce significantly the half-life of these pesticides (33% and 91% for HCF and CF, respectively). PMID:22325067

  6. AOT water-in-oil microemulsions as a penetration enhancer in transdermal drug delivery of 5-fluorouracil.

    PubMed

    Gupta, Reeta R; Jain, Swantrant K; Varshney, Manoj

    2005-03-10

    In vitro transdermal permeation of 5-fluorouracil (antineoplastic), a hydrophilic drug encapsulated in AOT/water/isopropylmyristate water-in-oil microemulsions (MEs), were studied using a modified Keshary and Chien diffusion cell. AOT (aerosol-OT or sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate) is an anionic surfactant, which forms 'water-in-oil' ME in non-aqueous medium. The effect of water and AOT concentrations in MEs to the transdermal permeation of 5-fluorouracil through hairless mouse skin was investigated. MEs with 5:95 weight ratio of AOT:isopropylmyristate, containing 0.9, 1.8, 2.7 and 3.6% w/w of water have showed 1.68-, 2.36-, 3.58- and 3.77-fold increases in the skin flux of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) respectively, compared to the aqueous solution of drug. The MEs with 5:95, 9:91 and 13:87 weight ratio of AOT:isopropyl myristate at fixed water content W0=15 (W0=[H2O]/AOT]) gave 3.58-, 5.04- and 6.3-fold enhancement of drug. In addition, attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy was used to examine the effect of ME on lipid alkyl chain, hydration level, and corneocyte cells of the stratum corneum (SC). Results reveal that the ME interacts with a component of the SC and perturbs its architectural structure. The extent of perturbation in the SC depends on the concentration of water and AOT in the ME. Preliminary dermal toxicity studies indicate that the AOT/water/isopropylmyristate ME be safe for the transdermal permeation of 5-FU. PMID:15698753

  7. Investigation on the conformations of AOT in water-in-oil microemulsions using 2D-ATR-FTIR correlation spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lai, Zuliang; Wu, Peiyi

    2008-07-01

    The carbonyl groups of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in the water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions of AOT/tetrachloromethane/water were investigated by using two-dimensional attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (2D-ATR-FTIR) correlation spectroscopy under a perturbation of temperature. The results of a traditional curve fitting method were compared with the 2D correlation spectra results. The peaks at 1718 and 1736 cm -1 were assigned to different carbonyl groups in trans conformation and gauche conformation of AOT molecules, respectively. With the increase of temperature, the trans conformation increased quickly at the lower temperature below 35 °C and decreased slowly at the higher temperature. The special phenomenon owed to the composition and decomposition of the hydrogen bonding between water of the inner polar core and carbonyl groups of AOT molecules. Two new peaks at 1707 and 1747 cm -1 in the 2D correlation spectra implied the process of the transition of AOT molecule conformation and the deviation of correlation coefficients of curve fitting method. 2D-ATR-FTIR correlation spectroscopy exhibited the superiority over the traditional curve fitting method.

  8. Micellar interactions in water-AOT based droplet microemulsions containing hydrophilic and amphiphilic polymers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Appel, Markus; Spehr, Tinka Luise; Wipf, Robert; Moers, Christian; Frey, Holger; Stühn, Bernd

    2013-11-01

    We investigate the influence of addition of hydrophilic and amphiphilic polymer on percolation behavior and micellar interactions in AOT-based water-in-oil droplet microemulsions. We focus on two series of samples having constant molar water to surfactant ratio W = 20 and constant droplet volume fraction Φ = 30%, respectively. From dielectric spectroscopy experiments, we extract the bending rigidity of the surfactant shell by percolation temperature measurements. Depending on droplet size, we find stabilization and destabilization of the surfactant shell upon addition of hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) (Mn = 3100 g mol-1) and amphiphilic poly(styrene)-b-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer with comparable length of the hydrophilic block. Complementary small angle X-ray scattering experiments corroborate the finding of stabilization for smaller droplets and destabilization of larger droplets. Subsequent analysis of dielectric spectra enables us to extract detailed information about micellar interactions and clustering by evaluating the dielectric high frequency shell relaxation. We interpret the observed results as a possible modification of the inter-droplet charge transfer efficiency by addition of PEG polymer, while the amphiphilic polymer shows a comparable, but dampened effect.

  9. Enzyme hyperactivity in AOT water-in-oil microemulsions is induced by 'lone' sodium counterions in the water-pool.

    PubMed

    Oldfield, Christopher; Freedman, Robert B; Robinson, Brian H

    2005-01-01

    Water-in-oil microemulsions are thermodynamically stable single-phase dispersions of water and surfactant within a continuous oil phase. The classical ternary system, based on the surfactant sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate ('AOT'), water and an alkane such as n-heptane, is an optically transparent monodispersion of spherical water-droplets coated with a close-packed surfactant monolayer and the droplet radius is, to a good first approximation, directly proportional to the molar water: surfactant ratio, R. Enzymes dissolved in the water droplets retain activity and stability. These systems have attracted interest as media for biotransformations. Principally based upon studies in AOT-stabilized w/o microemulsions, a peculiar feature of the kinetics of enzyme-catalyzed reactions has long been apparent: the reaction rate characteristically increases from around zero at R=3, through a maximum, in the range R= 10-20, and thereafter decreases again, so that plots of rate vs. R are characteristically 'bell-shaped'. Furthermore, at optimal R, enzymes seem to be 'hyperactive', i.e., they are more active, by a modest but significant factor of 2-3-fold, than in aqueous solution. In this paper we propose the hypothesis that this kind of R-dependence arises because of the presence of freely mobile lone surfactant counterions (Na+) within the water-pool. These ions have no charge partners within the water pool and consequently have a high electrochemical potential. According to our model, lone counterions facilitate the hydrolysis of ester or amide substrates, for example, by stabilizing the tetrahedral intermediate formed during the reaction through ion-pairing with the carbonyl oxygen of the substrate, thus facilitating transfer of negative charge from the carbonyl carbon as it is attacked by the incoming nucleophile. An expression for the relationship between the concentration of free counterions in the water-pool and the compositional parameter R leads directly

  10. Synthesis of Ag and AgI quantum dots in AOT-stabilized water-in-CO2 microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Liu, Juncheng; Raveendran, Poovathinthodiyil; Shervani, Zameer; Ikushima, Yutaka; Hakuta, Yukiya

    2005-03-01

    Silver and silver iodide nanocrystals have been synthesized in the water-in-CO(2) reverse microemulsions formed by the commonly used surfactant, sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT), in the presence of 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5-octafluoro-1-pentanol as cosurfactant. The nanometer-sized aqueous domains in the microemulsion cores not only act as nanoreactors, but the surfactant interfacial monolayer also helps the stabilization of the metal and semiconductor nanoparticles. The transmission electron microscopy results show that silver and silver iodide nanocrystals with average diameters of 6.0 nm (standard deviation, SD=1.3 nm) and 5.7 nm (SD=1.4 nm), respectively, were formed. The results indicate that the method can be utilized as a general and economically viable approach for the synthesis of metal and semiconductor quantum dots in environmentally benign supercritical carbon dioxide. PMID:15685712

  11. Ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsions composed of double chain surface active ionic liquid as a surfactant: temperature dependent solvent and rotational relaxation dynamics of coumarin-153 in [Py][TF2N]/[C4mim][AOT]/benzene microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Rao, Vishal Govind; Mandal, Sarthak; Ghosh, Surajit; Banerjee, Chiranjib; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2012-07-19

    In the recent past, nonaqueous microemulsions containing ionic liquids (ILs) have been utilized for performing chemical reactions, preparation of nanomaterials, and synthesis of nanostructured polymers and in drug delivery systems. The most promising fact about IL-in-oil microemulsions is their high thermal stability compared to that of aqueous microemulsions. In our earlier publication (Rao, V. G.; Ghosh, S.; Ghatak, C.; Mandal, S.; Brahmachari, U.; Sarkar, N. J. Phys. Chem. B 2012, 116, 2850-2855), we presented for the first time the possibility of creating huge number of IL-in-oil microemulsions, just by replacing the inorganic cation, Na(+), of NaAOT by any organic cation and using different ionic liquids as the polar core. In this manuscript we are interested in exploring the effect of temperature on such systems. We have characterized the phase diagram of the [Py][TF2N]/[C4mim][AOT]/benzene ternary system at 298 K. We have shown that in the experimental temperature range employed in this study, the microemulsions remain stable and a slight decrease in the size of the microemulsions is observed with increasing temperature. We have reported the detailed study of solvent and rotational relaxation of coumarin 153 (C-153) in neat IL, N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium bis((trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl)imide ([Py][TF2N]), and in [Py][TF2N]/[C4mim][AOT]/benzene microemulsions using steady state and picosecond time-resolved spectroscopy. We have monitored the effect of (i) varying the [Py][TF2N]/[C4mim][AOT] molar ratio (R value) and (ii) temperature on solvent and rotational relaxation of C-153. The features observed in absorption and emission spectra clearly indicate that (i) the probe molecules reside at the polar interfacial region of the [Py][TF2N]/[C4mim][AOT]/benzene microemulsions and (ii) with increasing R value the probe molecules move toward the polar IL-pool of the microemulsion. We have shown that the increase in solvation time on going from neat [Py][TF2N] to

  12. The catalytic efficiency of lipase in a novel water-in-[Bmim][PF6] microemulsion stabilized by both AOT and Triton X-100.

    PubMed

    Xue, Luyan; Li, Ying; Zou, Feixue; Lu, Lu; Zhao, Yin; Huang, Xirong; Qu, Yinbo

    2012-04-01

    In the water-in-[Bmim][PF(6)] microemulsion stabilized by both AOT and Triton X-100, the lipase-catalyzed hydrolysis of 4-nitrophenyl butyrate (p-NPB) was investigated to evaluate the catalytic efficiency of lipase in this novel microemulsion. The structural parameters of the microemulsion and the conditions of the enzymatic reaction affect the catalytic activity of lipase, especially the concentration of Tris-HCl buffer. Under optimum conditions, the catalytic activity of lipase in the present microemulsion is much higher than that in H(2)O saturated [Bmim][PF(6)]. When the partitioning of the substrate in the microemulsion is taken into account, the catalytic efficiency of lipase in this novel microemulsion is 14.3 times that in H(2)O saturated [Bmim][PF(6)] due to the significant decrease of the Michaelis constant in the microemulsion. Due to the large interface, high water activity, and probably the activating effect of the imidazolium cation in the water pool, the present microemulsion is demonstrated to be a promising medium for the lipase-catalyzed hydrolytic reaction. To demonstrate an important biocatalytic application in the IL-based microemulsion, the lipase-catalyzed synthesis of the flavoring agent benzyl acetate via transesterification of vinyl acetate with benzyl alcohol was also studied in the medium. Due to the high dispersion of lipase, large interface and removal of the byproduct, a maximum yield of 94% was obtained, indicating that the novel microemulsion is really important and useful. PMID:22218335

  13. A small-angle neutron scattering study of intermicellar interactions in microemulsions of AOT, water, and near-critical propane

    SciTech Connect

    Kaler, E.W. ); Billman, J.F. ); Fulton, J.L.; Smith, R.D. )

    1991-01-10

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements of high-pressure solutions of propane/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/D{sub 2}O have demonstrated that a water-in-oil microemulsion phase can be formed in propane. The dispersed droplets are, within experimental error, the same size as those formed in conventional microemulsions at the same water-to-surfactant ratio, and the size does not depend on propane density. The interdroplet interaction potential was modeled as a hard-core repulsion augmented by a strong and extremely short range attraction. This model describes droplets whose hydrocarbon tails are strongly attractive to the hydrocarbon tails of adjacent droplets. The SANS fit shows that the magnitude of the tail-tail attractive interactions may be much stronger than the longer range van der Waals type attractive interactions between the water cores of the droplets. These findings confirm results of IR and UV-vis spectroscopic studies of near-critical and supercritical fluid microemulsions.

  14. Temperature control of pattern formation in the Ru(bpy)(3)(2+)-catalyzed BZ-AOT system.

    PubMed

    McIlwaine, Rachel; Vanag, Vladimir K; Epstein, Irving R

    2009-03-14

    Using temperature as a control parameter, we observe a transition from stationary Turing patterns at T = 15-20 degrees C to traveling waves at T = 50 degrees C (and above) in the Ru(bpy)(3)(2+)-catalyzed Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction incorporated into the water nanodroplets of a water-in-oil aerosol OT (AOT) microemulsion. At constant chemical composition, molar ratio and droplet fraction, the transition takes place via a series of stable patterns, including oscillatory Turing patterns (at 35-40 degrees C) and reversed oscillatory Turing patterns (at 50 degrees C). We attribute the pattern transitions to a temperature-induced percolation transition of the BZ-AOT microemulsion, implying a change from isolated water nanodroplets to a system-spanning network of water channels. PMID:19240935

  15. Spraying enzymes in microemulsions of AOT in nonpolar organic solvents for fabrication of enzyme electrodes.

    PubMed

    Shipovskov, Stepan; Trofimova, Daria; Saprykin, Eduard; Christenson, Andreas; Ruzgas, Tautgirdas; Levashov, Andrey V; Ferapontova, Elena E

    2005-11-01

    A new technique suitable for automated, large-scale fabrication of enzyme electrodes by air-spraying enzymes in organic inks is presented. Model oxidoreductases, tyrosinase (Tyr) and glucose oxidase (GOx), were adapted to octane-based ink by entrapment in a system of reverse micelles (RM) of surfactant AOT in octane to separate and stabilize the catalytically active forms of the enzymes in nonpolar organic media. Nonpolar caoutchouk polymer was also used to create a kind of "dry micelles" at the electrode/solution interface. Enzyme/RM/polymer-containing organic inks were air-brushed onto conductive supports and were subsequently covered by sprayed Nafion membranes. The air-brushed enzyme electrodes exhibited relevant bioelectrocatalytic activity toward catechol and glucose, with a linear detection range of 0.1-100 microM catechol and 0.5-7 mM glucose; the sensitivities were 2.41 A M(-1) cm(-2) and 2.98 mA M(-1) cm(-2) for Tyr and GOx electrodes, respectively. The proposed technique of air-brushing enzymes in organic inks enables automated construction of disposable enzyme electrodes of various designs on a mass-production scale. PMID:16255612

  16. Relaxation Times of Microemulsion Systems From Electro-Optical Measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Edwards, Matthew

    1999-11-01

    Relaxation Times of Microemulsion Systems from Electro-Optical Measurements Matthew Edwards (Spelman College) Relaxation measurements, as determined from electro-optically induced birefringence, have been made on ternary microemulsion systems of AOT, water, and octane. Loci of 22 samples, representing displacements along the 90oil concentration line in the three-component phase diagram, were prepared having weight fractions ranging from 0to AOT+water to 60times, at room temperature, changed by more than an order of magnitude in this phase diagram displacement, going from 2.55x10(-7)at 0The methodology for determing each sample's relaxation time was to fit the raw data of polarized - transmitted laser intensity as a function of time, as generated from using the standard Kerr effect. The raw data sample sets were fitted to within 8exponentially decaying function. The single exponential decay mechanism that is thought to be "effective rotational relaxation." This supports our earlier measurements (1) which indicate clustering of composite droplets within the microemulsion samples following the onset of the applied electric field. 1. Edwards, M.E. et, Physical Review E, 57, No. 797 (1998)

  17. Microemulsion fuel system

    SciTech Connect

    Hazbun, E.A.; Schon, S.G.; Grey, R.A.

    1988-05-17

    A microemulsion fuel composition is described comprising: (a) a jet fuel, fuel oil or diesel hydrocarbon fuel; (b) about 3.0 to about 40% by weight water and/or methanol; and (c) a surface active amount of a combination of surface active agents consisting of: (1) tertiary butyl alcohol; and (2) at least one amphoteric; anionic, cationic or nonionic surfactant.

  18. Protein extraction by Winsor-III microemulsion systems.

    PubMed

    Gomez del Rio, Javier A; Hayes, Douglas G

    2011-07-01

    Proteins (bovine serum albumin (BSA), α-chymotrypsin, cytochrome c, and lysozyme) were extracted from 0.5 to 2.0 g L(-1) aqueous solution by adding an equal volume of isooctane solution that contained a surfactant mixture (Aerosol-OT, or AOT, and a 1,3-dioxolane (or cyclic ketal) alkyl ethoxylate, CK-2,13-E5.6), producing a three-phase (Winsor-III) microemulsion with a middle, bicontinuous microemulsion, phase highly concentrated in protein (5-13 g L(-1)) and small in volume (12-20% of entire volume). Greater than 90% forward extraction was achieved within a few minutes. Robust W-III microemulsion systems were formulated at 40°C, or at 25°C by including a surfactant with shorter ethoxylate length, CK-2,13-E3 , or 1.5% NaCl (aq). Successful forward extraction correlated with high partitioning of AOT in the middle phase (>95%). The driving force for forward extraction was mainly electrostatic attractions imposed by the anionic surfactant AOT, with the exception of BSA at high ionic strength, which interacted via hydrophobic interactions. Through use of aqueous stripping solutions of high ionic strength (5.0 wt %) and/or pH 12.0 (to negate the electrostatic attractive driving force), cytochrome c and α-chymotrypsin were back extracted from the middle phase at >75% by mass, with the specific activity of recovered α-chymotrypsin being >90% of its original value. PMID:21695808

  19. Particle interactions in microemulsion systems

    SciTech Connect

    Brouwer, W.M.; Nieuwenhuis, E.A.; Kops-Werkhoven, M.M.

    1983-03-01

    This study obtains information about the type of interactions between microemulsion particles as a function of their composition using time averaged and dynamic light scattering and sedimentation measurements and checks the consistency of the experimental data with respect to the generalized Einstein relation. Interactions between microemulsion particles are affected by the flexibility of the soap chains. The more flexible the soap chains, the lesser the attraction forces between the particles. The lack of consistency in the interaction behavior as obtained from different experimental techniques is an important observation, which leads to the conclusion that care should be taken in the determination of the interaction behavior in microemulsion systems from one or 2 experimental techniques. 24 referernces.

  20. A theoretical approach for estimation of ultimate size of bimetallic nanocomposites synthesized in microemulsion systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Salabat, Alireza; Saydi, Hassan

    2012-12-01

    In this research a new idea for prediction of ultimate sizes of bimetallic nanocomposites synthesized in water-in-oil microemulsion system is proposed. In this method, by modifying Tabor Winterton approximation equation, an effective Hamaker constant was introduced. This effective Hamaker constant was applied in the van der Waals attractive interaction energy. The obtained effective van der Waals interaction energy was used as attractive contribution in the total interaction energy. The modified interaction energy was applied successfully to predict some bimetallic nanoparticles, at different mass fraction, synthesized in microemulsion system of dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT)/isooctane.

  1. Processes for microemulsion polymerization employing novel microemulsion systems

    DOEpatents

    Beckman, Eric J.; Smith, Richard D.; Fulton, John L.

    1990-06-12

    This invention is directed to a microemulsion system comprising a first phase including a low-polarity fluid material which is a gas at standard temperature and pressure, and which has a cloud-point density. It also includes a second phase including a polar fluid, typically water, a monomer, preferably a monomer soluble in the polar fluid, and a microemulsion promoter for facilitating the formation of micelles including the monomer in the system. In the subject process, micelles including the monomer are formed in the first phase. A polymerization initiator is introduced into the micelles in the microemulsion system. The monomer is then polymerized in the micelles, preferably in the core of the micelle, to produce a polymeric material having a relatively high molecular weight.

  2. Exploring the locations of different groups of a cationic surface-active 3 H-indole probe molecule in AOT-based water-in-oil microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Jian; Shen, Xinghai; Gao, Hongcheng

    2001-07-01

    We report herein the spectral and photophysical studies of the locations of different groups of a probe molecule, i.e., [2-( p-hexylamino)phenyl-3,3-dimethyl-5-ethoxycarbonyl-3 H-indole]methyldioctadecylammonium iodide ( 1) in the microemulsion of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT). Two models were suggested: (1) the aliphatic chains, the hexyl group together with the part from the amino nitrogen to indolic nitrogen penetrate into the interface of the microemulsion, while the part from the indolic nitrogen to the right side resides outside the interface; (2) the aromatic main chain of 1 lies flat at the inner interface. The measured spectral characteristics, micropolarity, and fluorescence lifetime of 1 support the two models.

  3. Microemulsions based transdermal drug delivery systems.

    PubMed

    Vadlamudi, Harini C; Narendran, Hyndavi; Nagaswaram, Tejeswari; Yaga, Gowri; Thanniru, Jyotsna; Yalavarthi, Prasanna R

    2014-01-01

    Since the discovery of microemulsions by Jack H Schulman, there has been huge progress made in applying microemulsion systems in plethora of research and industrial process. Microemulsions are optically isotropic systems consisting of water, oil and amphiphile. These systems are beneficial due to their thermodynamic stability, optical clarity, ease of preparation, higher diffusion and absorption rates. Moreover, it has been reported that the ingredients of microemulsion can effectively overcome the diffusion barrier and penetrate through the stratum corneum of the skin. Hence it becomes promising for both transdermal and dermal drug delivery. However, low viscosity of microemulsion restrains its applicability in pharmaceutical industry. To overcome the above drawback, the low viscous microemulsions were added to viscous gel bases to potentiate its applications as topical drug delivery systems so that various drug related toxic effects and erratic drug absorption can be avoided. The present review deals with the microemulsions, various techniques involved in the development of organic nanoparticles. The review emphasized on microemulsion based systems such as hydrogels and organogels. The physicochemical characteristics, mechanical properties, rheological and stability principles involved in microemulsion based viscous gels were also explored. PMID:25466399

  4. Interactions and phase transitions in micellar and microemulsion systems studied by small angle neutron scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Sow-Hsin

    1986-03-01

    Owing to their amphiphilic nature, surfactant molecules spontaneously self-assemble into various forms of aggregates in aqueous and hydrocarbon solvents. These aggregates are often so well defined and sufficiently uniform in size that the suspension can be treated effectively as one- or two-component supramolecular liquids. Ionic surfactants such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) form normal micelles in water. These micelles together with their counterions can be regarded as a strongly coupled two-component coulomb fluid. On the other hand sodium di-2-ethylhexylsulfosuccinate (AOT) forms reverse micelles in hydrocarbons (oils). These reverse micelles can solubilize large amounts of water and become microemulsions. These microemulsion droplets bear no net charge and interact with each other via Van der Waals forces analogous to atoms in simple liquids. Thus, AOT microemulsion system shows a gas-liquid type phase transition. By exploiting the existing liquid theories the SANS spectra can be satisfactorily analysed in terms of wel-defined interparticle interactions. For ionic micelles one can obtain the surface charge and aggregation number at arbitrary concentrations and for microemulsions one obtains the range and depth of the attractive interaction near the critical point.

  5. Metallic nanoparticle synthesis within reverse micellar microemulsion systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kitchens, Christopher Lawrence

    The synthesis of metallic nanoparticles is integral for the advancement of the field of nanotechnology. Solution based nanomaterial synthesis is an effective method for the production of nanomaterials, particularly with the use of surfactants and other materials for directed assembly allowing control over the nanomaterials' physical properties. This dissertation presents research performed to study the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles within reverse micelle systems. A fundamental approach has been taken to carefully examine the role of each component of the reverse micelle system, specifically the surfactant, bulk solvent, and the aqueous micelle core. The role of the sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) surfactant is two fold. Initially, the surfactant forms reverse micelles, nano-sized water pools dispersed within the bulk organic solvent which act as nano-reactors for the chemical reduction of the metallic precursors and metallic nanoparticle synthesis. The surfactant also acts as a stabilizing agent, effectively dispersing synthesized particles in solution, preventing agglomeration. Previously it was thought that spherical reverse micelles acted as templates for nanoparticle synthesis despite the negligible effect of the initial micelle diameter on the on the diameter of nanoparticles synthesized. Rather the initial micelle diameter influences the nanoparticle growth rate. In contrast, the properties of the bulk organic solvent do influence the nanoparticle diameter. The nature of solvent interactions with the AOT surfactant tails in various liquid alkane solvents, compressed propane, and supercritical ethane demonstrates that steric stabilization of the metallic nanoparticles by the AOT surfactant determines the particle sizes synthesized, rather than the previously accepted templating effect. Time resolved UV-vis spectroscopy was used to study the kinetics of particle synthesis, Neutron Spin Echo spectroscopy and Small Angle Neutron Scattering

  6. Time-dependent solubilization of IgG in AOT-brine-isooctane microemulsions: role of cluster formation.

    PubMed

    Gerhardt, N I; Dungan, S R

    2002-04-01

    The stability and structure of protein-containing water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions were investigated by using the large protein immunoglobulin G (IgG, MW 155,000) in a mixture comprised of brine, sulfosuccinic acid bis [2-ethylhexyl]ester (sodium salt), and isooctane. We explored factors affecting the initial uptake of IgG into the w/o microemulsion and its subsequent release to a solid (precipitate) phase, and the kinetics of the latter process. Influences of such parameters as pH, ionic strength, and protein concentration on the solubilization and precipitation of bovine IgG in the organic phase are described. The structure and dynamics in microemulsions containing bovine IgG were probed by using dynamic light scattering, and it was found that the presence of IgG in the microemulsion induced strong attractive forces between the droplets. Based on results obtained by using these various experimental approaches, a model for protein solubilization and release is proposed. In this model, we propose the formation of clusters within which bovine IgG resides and which substantially slow the kinetics of protein release from the droplets to the precipitate phase. PMID:11857282

  7. Rheology, Morphology and Phase Behavior in Amphiphilic Block Copolymer/microemulsion Systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gottlieb, Moshe; Braun, Liora; Zhang, Zeng-Rong

    2000-03-01

    Joining together by means of covalent bonds hydrophobic and hydrophilic entities on the same molecule gives rise to materials with interesting properties in aqueous systems or in the presence of mixed solvents such as water/oil microemulsions. In this paper we describe the rheological properties of a synthetic amphiphilic block copolymer dissolved in a water-in-oil microemulsion. The block copolymer is an ABA type copolymer composed of poly(oxyethylene) (PEO) as the hydrophilic A block and poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) as the hydrophobic center B block. Different polymers have been prepared with a B block of D_p=160 and three different sizes of the A blocks with D_p= 10, 45, and 120 respectively. The resulting copolymer is insoluble in water and hardly soluble in decane (good solvent for the PDMS). In the presence of water in oil microemulsion stabilized by the small molecular weight surfactant AOT a one-phase region is maintained when the copolymer is added. Yet, peculiar rheological behavior is observed. For constant water-microemulsion concentration (φ) addition of polymer increases the system viscosity as expected. Yet, the lower φ the higher the viscosity and at high φ the effect of polymer addition is quite low.

  8. Determination of ultra trace amounts of protein by 4-chlorosulfo-(2'-hyaroxylphenylazo)-rhodanine-Ti(IV) complex [ClSARP-Ti(IV)] as the fluorescence spectral probe in AOT microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Xin; Wei, Qin; Cai, Yanyan; Han, Yanyan; Zhao, Yanfang; Du, Bin

    2009-06-01

    Experiments indicated that protein can enhance the fluorescence of the 4-chlorosulfo-(2'-hydroxylophenylazo)-rhodanine-Ti(IV) complex [ClSARP-Ti(IV)] in the presence of bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT) microemulsion. Based on this, a sensitive and reproducible fluorometric method for the determination of micro amount protein was developed. The calibration curves of four proteins were given. Under the optimum experimental conditions, the enhanced fluorescence intensity of the system was in proportional to the concentration of protein in the range of 0.1-11 μg mL -1 for bovine serum albumin (BSA), 1.0-10 μg mL -1 for human serum albumin (HSA), 1.0-50 μg mL -1 for ovalbumin (Ova) and 2.5-18 μg mL -1 for γ-globulins (γ-G). Their detection limits were 0.070, 0.071, 0.33 and 0.22 μg mL -1, respectively. The ClSARP-Ti(IV) complex as a spectral probe can be used to the determination of protein in milk powder and oatmeal yielding with satisfactory results. Therefore, the proposed method is one of the most sensitive methods available. In addition, the interaction mechanism of this system is studied by multi-techniques.

  9. New phases found in reverse micelle systems with high concentrations of AOT.

    PubMed

    Lai, Wei-Chi; Lai, Po-Hsiang

    2013-08-15

    This paper discusses the phase behavior, rheology, and structure of self-assembled sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelle systems at high AOT concentrations. When the amount of AOT and w(o) (the molar ratio of water to AOT) were changed, many different phases were found, a fact which is not discussed in the literature. Opaque gel-like phase (phase separation) occurred with high concentrations of AOT in organic solvents without water. When the AOT concentration and w(o) were increased to 18-72 m and 2, respectively, the samples were gel-like and translucent. Dynamic rheological results indicate that the viscoelastic transition agreed with a multirelaxation time model. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) results imply that these samples showed a hexagonally close-packed cylindrical structure in which the diameter of a cylinder was ~2.5-3.0 nm, depending on the water contents. Moreover, these AOT cylinders self-assembled into fiber bundles with a diameter of 1-10 μm, as determined using a polarized optical microscope. As w(o) was increased to 2-6 in 72 m AOT samples, similar rheological and SAXS results were obtained. However, a different type of viscoelastic transition occurred, from multirelaxation to single-relaxation, when w(o) was increased to 7-11. The samples were in the transparent gel-like phase, and the structures determined by SAXS were a combination of hexagonally packed cylindrical and lamellar structure. The close-packed cylindrical structures had larger radii and shorter lengths with increasing w(o). Furthermore, when w(o) was increased to 12, the gel-like phase disappeared and a highly viscous solution was observed. This is because all the cylindrical structures collapsed and transformed into lamellar structures when the amount of water was further increased. PMID:23879569

  10. REVIEWS OF TOPICAL PROBLEMS: Waves and patterns in reaction-diffusion systems. Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction in water-in-oil microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vanag, Vladimir K.

    2004-09-01

    Advances in nonequilibrium pattern formation in reaction-diffusion systems are reviewed. Special emphasis is placed on patterns found in the spatially extended Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction dispersed in aerosol OT water-in-oil microemulsions (BZ-AOT system): Turing patterns, packet and standing waves, antispirals and segmented spirals, and accelerating waves and oscillons. All experimental results are explained theoretically and reproduced in computer simulations.

  11. Size and diffusion phenomena of AOT/alcohol/water system in the presence of morin by dynamic light scattering.

    PubMed

    Bhattarai, Ajaya; Wilczura-Wachnik, Hanna

    2015-01-30

    Presented paper is a continuation of our studies on morin interaction with AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate) reversed micelles solutions in two solvents: ethanol and n-decanol. Now we focused on morin influence on size and diffusion phenomena in the system morin/solvent/AOT/water. In this paper precise measurements of dynamic light scattering (DLS) of the effects of temperature, solvents (alcohols), water on the size and diffusion of AOT reversed micelles in the morin/AOT/alcohol/water system are reported. The concentrations of AOT were varied from 0.51 to 0.78mol/L. Morin concentration in during auto-correlation function registration was not the same in each solvent because of its different solubility depending on the solvent. Water concentration in the studied systems was defined by R parameter according to relation: R=(H2O)/(AOT) and was equal 0 and 30 in ethanol, and 0 in n-decanol. DLS measurements were done at 298.15 and 308.15K. DLS experiment involved on detection two relaxation modes (fast and slow) in the systems containing AOT reversed micelles, water, morin and solvents (ethanol and n-decanol). The DLS data clearly show the solvent influence as well as morin presence on AOT reversed micelles size and consequently their diffusion coefficients. Contrary to n-decanol strong competition between morin and ethanol molecules in AOT reversed micelles palisade layer has been found. It suggests that morin molecules replaced ethanol in AOT reversed micelles and locate in their palisade layer strongly increasing AOT reversed micelles size. Furthermore, it was found a sharp increase in correlation radii of slow modes of AOT reversed micelles containing morin molecules and their diffusion coefficients diminishing. PMID:25448557

  12. Designing a new strategy for the formation of IL-in-oil microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Rao, Vishal Govind; Ghosh, Surajit; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Mandal, Sarthak; Brahmachari, Udita; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2012-03-01

    Due to the increasing applicability of ionic liquids (ILs) as different components of microemulsions (as the polar liquid, the oil phase, and the surfactant), it would be advantageous to devise a strategy by which we can formulate a microemulsion of our own interest. In this paper, we have shown how we can replace water from water-in-oil microemulsions by ILs to produce IL-in-oil microemulsions. We have synthesized AOT-derived surface-active ionic liquids (SAILs) which can be used to produce a large number of IL-in-oil microemulsions. In particular, we have characterized the phase diagram of the [C(4)mim][BF(4)]/[C(4)mim][AOT]/benzene ternary system at 298 K. We have shown the formation of IL-in-oil microemulsions using the dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique and using methyl orange (MO), betaine 30, and coumarin-480 (C-480) as probe molecules. PMID:22329703

  13. Design and Evaluation of Microemulsion Gel System of Nadifloxacin

    PubMed Central

    Shinde, Ujwala; Pokharkar, Sharda; Modani, Sheela

    2012-01-01

    Topical microemulsion systems for the antiacne agent, nadifloxacin were designed and developed to overcome the problems associated with the cutaneous delivery due to poor water solubility. The solubility of nadifloxacin in oils, surfactants and cosurfactants was evaluated to screen the components of the microemulsion. Various surfactants and cosurfactants were screened for their ability to emulsify the selected oily phase. The pseudoternary diagrams were constructed to identify the area of microemulsion existence. The influence of km (surfactant/cosurfactant) ratio on the microemulsion existence region was determined and optimum systems were designed. The systems were assessed for drug-loading efficiency and characterised for optical birefringence, pH and refractive index, robustness to dilution, globule size, drug content and thermodynamic stability. Optimised microemulsion systems were formulated into gel form and evaluated for viscosity, spreadability, drug content, ex vivo skin permeation and antibacterial activity. The maximum solubility of nadifloxacin in the microemulsion system was found to be 0.25%. The nadifloxacin microemulsions had a small and uniform globule size (67.3-121.23 nm). The stability results revealed that all formulations showed a stable globule size and the polydispersity index under stress conditions. Incorporation of nadifloxacin in microemulsion gel increased the ex vivo skin permeation and antibacterial activity when compared to marketed cream. PMID:23439454

  14. Phase behavior of microemulsion systems studied by positron annihilation techniques

    SciTech Connect

    Serrano, J.; Reynoso, R.; Lopez, R.; Olea, O.; Fucugauchi, L.A.

    1983-02-17

    The positron annihilation technique was applied to the study of phase behavior of sodium stearate (or oleate)-alcohol-oil-water microemulsion systems. The positron annihilation parameters revealed a dependence of the water/oil ratio at which microemulsion formation occurs on the hydrocarbon chain length of both alcohol cosurfactant and solvent as well as surfactant concentration. Dynamic laser light scattering has been utilized for substantiating the phase transitions determined in the different microemulsion systems by positron annihilation. The difference in the behavior between saturated and unsaturated surfactants is the most remarkable result of the investigation. Thus, replacing sodium stearate by sodium oleate in the surfactant-1-hexanol-isooctane systems obviated microemulsion formation. This behavior has been rationalized by considering packing and kink presence in microemulsion formation. 26 references.

  15. The synthesis of silica and silica-ceria, core-shell nanoparticles in a water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion composed of heptane and water with the binary surfactants AOT and NP-5.

    PubMed

    Chung, Sang-Ho; Lee, Dae-Won; Kim, Min-Sung; Lee, Kwan-Young

    2011-03-01

    In this study, a strategy was developed for the synthesis of nano-sized, silica-ceria, core-shell composites in a water-oil (W/O) microemulsion consisting of water, heptane and the binary surfactants AOT (sulfosuccinic acid bis (2-ethylhexyl) ester sodium salt) and NP-5 (polyoxyethylene (5) nonylphenyl ether). The core-shell, silica-ceria particles were prepared in a stepwise procedure: (1) the precipitation of the core-silica particles in a W/O microemulsion and (2) the surface precipitation of ceria on the core silica dispersed over the microemulsion. The composition of the binary surfactant greatly influenced the growth rate of the core-silica particles. The virial coefficient of diffusion was utilized to estimate the effect of the surfactant composition on the degree of intermicellar interaction that is important for the growth rate of the silica along with the flexibility of the micellar interface and the structure of the water domain. The deposition of the ceria on the core silica was not straightforward because the bulk and surface precipitation competed with each other. The promotion of surface precipitation was attempted by: (1) chemically modifying the silica surface with an organoamine group and (2) slowing down the precipitation rate of the ceria in a semi-batch operation. These attempts successfully produced the nano-sized silica-ceria, core-shell particles, which were evidenced through the TEM, XPS and zeta potential analysis. PMID:21211804

  16. Noncritical microemulsion as nonlinear optical material

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vicari, Luciano R. M.; Barone, A. C.

    2002-11-01

    Water in oil microemulsions are systems of spherical droplets of water coated by a monolayer of surfactant molecules, immersed in oil. Initially we have studied the optical nonlinear behavior of water in oil microemulsion by the Self-Phase-Modulation of a gaussian laser beam by an optically thin film. The material is WAD (water/AOT/decane, where AOT denotes sodium-bis-di-ethyl-sulfosuccinate) far from critical points and near the percolative transition from electrically insulating to electrically conducting. We have observed optical nonlinearity in the L2 area of the phase diagram, near the percolation line and far from the one-phase two-phase boundary line. In this point, the material turbidity is very low. Strong optical nonlinearity has been reported. Nonlinear optical effects in a Water/AOT/Decane (WAD) microemulsion have been experimentally studied also in a pump probe configuration. We detect the variation of the on axis optical intensity of the probe beam as generated by the concentration profile induced in an optically thin film of microemulsion by the pump beam. Results seem to suggest the hypothesis of a chain like shape of the clusters.

  17. Bidisperse colloids: nanoparticles and microemulsions in coexistence.

    PubMed

    Tabor, Rico F; Eastoe, Julian; Dowding, Peter J; Grillo, Isabelle; Rogers, Sarah E

    2010-04-15

    Mixed 'hard-soft' colloidal systems have been generated in which the 'hard' components (80 nm diameter silica nanoparticles) coexist with a population of 'soft' microemulsion droplets, both structures stabilised by the anionic surfactant sodium bis(ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) with toluene as solvent. The addition of water to swell the inverse micelles to form microemulsion droplets appears to increase attractive interactions between the silica particles (determined by DLS), possibly due to adsorption of some water at the silica-toluene interface; however, long-term stability of the dispersions is maintained. Small-angle neutron scattering was used to examine the structures present in these new colloidal systems. PMID:20144832

  18. Cytarabine-AOT catanionic vesicle-loaded biodegradable thermosensitive hydrogel as an efficient cytarabine delivery system.

    PubMed

    Liu, Jing; Jiang, Yue; Cui, Yuting; Xu, Chuanshan; Ji, Xiaoqing; Luan, Yuxia

    2014-10-01

    Carrier with high drug loading content is one of the most important issues in drug delivery system. In the present work, an ion-pair amphiphilic molecule composed of anticancer drug cation and surfactant anion is used for straightforward fabricating vesicles for cancer therapy. Anticancer drug (cytarabine hydrochloride) and anionic surfactant (AOT) are selected for the fabrication of ion-pair amphiphilic molecule. One amphiphilic molecule contains one drug cation, thus the drug loading content is 50% (mol/mol) in theory. The in vitro drug release study shows that the release time of cytarabine is about 3 times of the pure cytarabine solution and the permeability of cytarabine has been improved about 160 times tested by parallel artificial membrane permeability assay model. However, the hemolytic toxicity is largely decreased in the studied concentration range. The in vitro cytotoxicity results show that cytarabine-AOT amphiphiles have a much lower IC50 (drug concentration resulting in 50% cell death) value and a higher cell inhibition rate comparing with their respective components, indicating its effective therapy for leukemic cells. To obtain a longer and a convenient drug release system, the prepared vesicles are further incorporated into the thermosensitive PLGA-PEG-PLGA hydrogel to prepare a subcutaneous administration. The in vivo drug release results indicate that cytarabine-AOT vesicle-loaded hydrogel is a good injectable delivery system for controlled release of cytarabine for cancer therapy. PMID:25066076

  19. Study of the alkaline fading of phenolphthalein in microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Mao, Shiyan; Chen, Zhiyun; An, Xueqin; Shen, Weiguo

    2011-06-01

    The reactions of the alkaline fading of phenolphthalein (PN) have been studied in water/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT)/isooctane microemulsions by monitoring the absorbance changes of PN in the system with the time and the results compared with those found for the same reactions in aqueous solutions. It was found that the values of the equilibrium constants and the forward reaction rate constants in the microemulsions were significantly larger than that in aqueous solutions and decreased with increasing the molar ratio of water to AOT (ω), except for that with low ω. The temperature dependence of the reaction rate constant was analyzed to obtain the values of free energy, enthalpy, and entropy of activation, which suggests the existence of an isokinetic relationship and a common mechanism for the reactions occurring in the microemulsions with different ω. It was also observed that the competition between the reactions of the alkaline fading of PN and the hydrolyzation of AOT in water/AOT/isooctane microemulsions when the reaction time was sufficiently long. PMID:21574587

  20. A reliable and reproducible method for the lipase assay in an AOT/isooctane reversed micellar system: modification of the copper-soap colorimetric method.

    PubMed

    Kwon, Chang Woo; Park, Kyung-Min; Choi, Seung Jun; Chang, Pahn-Shick

    2015-09-01

    The copper-soap method, which is based on the absorbance of a fatty acid-copper complex at 715 nm, is a widely used colorimetric assay to determine the lipase activity in reversed micellar system. However, the absorbance of the bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT)-copper complex prevents the use of an AOT/isooctane reversed micellar system. An extraction step was added to the original procedure to remove AOT and eliminate interference from the AOT-copper complex. Among the solvents tested, acetonitrile was determined to be the most suitable because it allows for the generation of a reproducible calibration curve with oleic acid that is independent of the AOT concentrations. Based on the validation data, the modified method, which does not experience interference from the AOT-copper complex, could be a useful method with enhanced accuracy and reproducibility for the lipase assay. PMID:25842332

  1. W/O microemulsions as dendrimer nanocarriers: an EPR study.

    PubMed

    Rokach, Shifra; Ottaviani, Maria Francesca; Shames, Alexander I; Nir, Ido; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2012-10-18

    A complex system, based on a dendrimer solubilized in the aqueous core of water-in-oil microemulsion, may combine the advantages of both dendrimers and microemulsions to provide better control of drug release. We report for the first time the use of EPR technique to determine the effect of solubilized dendrimer on the structure of the microemulsion. The solubilized poly(propyleneimine) (PPI-G2) interacts with sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT). EPR analysis provided information on polarity, microviscosity, and molecular order of the systems. Polarity and microviscosity increased from unloaded water-in-oil microemulsion to the system loaded with 0.2 wt % PPI-G2, but remained unchanged with higher PPI-G2 loads. The degree of order also increased with 0.2 wt % PPI-G2 with only minor additional increase with larger quantities (25 wt %) of PPI-G2. Variations in pH only slightly affected the structure of microemulsion in the absence and presence of the loaded dendrimers. Aliphatic oils with longer lipophilic chains enhanced the structural order of the microemulsion. On increasing water content, polarity and degree of order increased. PPI-G2 dendrimer in small loads is attracted by the negatively charged AOT and thus intercalates in the interface of the droplets. Yet, at higher PPI-G2 loads, the excess molecules are solubilized in the water core. PMID:22989387

  2. Formulation of microemulsion systems for dermal delivery of silymarin.

    PubMed

    Panapisal, Vipaporn; Charoensri, Sawitree; Tantituvanont, Angkana

    2012-06-01

    Silymarin is a standardized extract from Silybum marianum seeds, known for its many skin benefits such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory properties. In this study, the potential of several microemulsion formulations for dermal delivery of silymarin was evaluated. The pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were constructed for the various microemulsion formulations which were prepared using glyceryl monooleate, oleic acid, ethyl oleate, or isopropyl myristate as the oily phase; a mixture of Tween 20®, Labrasol®, or Span 20® with HCO-40® (1:1 ratio) as surfactants; and Transcutol® as a cosurfactant. Oil-in-water microemulsions were selected to incorporate 2% w/w silymarin. After six heating-cooling cycles, physical appearances of all microemulsions were unchanged and no drug precipitation occurred. Chemical stability studies showed that microemulsion containing Labrasol® and isopropyl myristate stored at 40°C for 6 months showed the highest silybin remaining among others. The silybin remainings depended on the type of surfactant and were sequenced in the order of: Labrasol® > Tween 20® > Span 20®. In vitro release studies showed prolonged release for microemulsions when compared to silymarin solution. All release profiles showed the best fits with Higuchi kinetics. Non-occlusive in vitro skin permeation studies showed absence of transdermal delivery of silybin. The percentages of silybin in skin extracts were not significantly different among the different formulations (p > 0.05). Nevertheless, some silybin was detected in the receiver fluid when performing occlusive experiments. Microemulsions containing Labrasol® also were found to enhance silymarin solubility. Other drug delivery systems with occlusive effect could be further developed for dermal delivery of silymarin. PMID:22350738

  3. Coexisting aggregates in mixed aerosol OT and cholesterol microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Sedgwick, Myles A; Trujillo, Alejandro M; Hendricks, Noah; Levinger, Nancy E; Crans, Debbie C

    2011-02-01

    Dynamic light scattering and NMR spectroscopic experimental evidence suggest the coexistence of two compositionally different self-assembled particles in solution. The self-assembled particles form in solutions containing water, Aerosol OT (AOT, sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate) surfactant, and cholesterol in cyclohexane. In a similar series of studies carried out in 1-octanol only one aggregate type, that is, reverse micelles, is observed. Dynamic light scattering measurements reveal the presence of two different types of aggregates in the microemulsions formed in cyclohexane, demonstrating the coexistence of two compositionally distinct structures with very similar Gibbs energies. One particle type consists of standard AOT reverse micelles while the second type of particle consists of submicellar aggregates including cholesterol as well as small amounts of AOT and water. In microemulsions employing 1-octanol as the continuous medium, AOT reverse micelles form in a dispersed solution of cholesterol in 1-octanol. Although the size distribution of self-assembled particles is well-known for many different systems, evidence for simultaneous formation of two distinctly sized particles in solution that are chemically different is unprecedented. The ability to form microemulsion solutions that contain coexisting particles may have important applications in drug formulation and administration, particularly as applied to drug delivery using cholesterol as a targeting agent. PMID:21188993

  4. Microemulsion systems studied by positron annihilation techniques

    SciTech Connect

    Boussaha, A.; Djermouni, B.; Fucugauchi, L.A.; Ache, H.J.

    1980-07-02

    The formation of thermalized positronium atoms is greatly reduced if increasing amounts of water become solubilized in reversed micelles formed by sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate in apolar solvents. Similar observations have been made if the surfactant is Triton X-100. The application of the positron annihilation technique to the study of microemulsions consisting of potassium oleate-alcohol-oil-water mixtures indicates, consistent with previous results, that microemulsion formation requires a certain water/oil ratio if the oil is a long-chain aliphatic hydrocarbon such as hexadecane. This ratio is 0.4 in the case of a 1-pentanol- and 0.2 for a 1-hexanol-containing mixture. This minimum water content is strongly reduced if the oil is an aromatic hydrocarbon. The positron annihilation data also sensitively reflect structural rearrangements in these solutions occurring upon further addition of water, such as the transition of spherical aggregates to a disk-like lamellae structure.

  5. Solvent effect on the size of platinum nanoparticle synthesized in microemulsion systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Salabat, Alireza; Far, Mina Rahmati

    2012-05-01

    In this research work, the effect of solvent on the size of paltinum nanoparticles synthesized by microemulsion method was investigated. Platinum nanoparticles have been prepared by the reduction of H2PtCl6 with hydrazine in water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions consisting of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfo-succinate (AOT) and solvents n-hexane, cyclohexane and n-nonane. The size of the platinum nanoparticles was measured using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was verified that, for reduction of H2PtCl6 by hydrazine in microemulsion with different organic solvents, the solvents are arranged by their influence on nanoparticle sizes as follows: n-nonane > cyclohexane > n-hexane.

  6. Microemulsions: Structure and dynamics

    SciTech Connect

    Friberg, S.E.; Bothorel, P.

    1987-01-01

    This book covers the state-of-the-art in stability, structure, applications, and dynamics representation of microemulsion systems. An international group of reviewers discuss the introductory investigations into macroemulsions and interfacial free energy, the derivation of the microemulsion systems from micellar solutions, and the correlation between structure and dynamics. Future developments in this area are also considered. The book presents following: contents; phase diagrams and pseudophase assumption; phase diagram and critical behavior of a quaternary microemulsion system; non-aqueous microemulsions; nonionics; molecular diffusion in microemulsions; dynamics of microemulsions; low interfacial tensions in microemulsion systems; oil recovery and microemulsions.

  7. Structure study of a microemulsion system with an ionic liquid.

    PubMed

    Kang, Tae Hui; Jeon, Yoonnam; Kim, Mahn Won

    2015-11-01

    We found that an ionic liquid (IL) with a long alkyl chain moiety, 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (C14MIM·Cl), forms a single crystal after the addition of octanol in an alkane solvent. But the solution exhibits a structural change after adding a small amount of water. An optically clear solution is found within limits, and it is stable for several months. Since the IL molecule has an amphiphilic property, it behaves as a surfactant in the microemulsion system. But the IL formed a single crystal rather than a lyotropic liquid crystalline structure, unlike a typical surfactant. Therefore, it is important to understand the structure of the microemulsion system. We used the small angle neutron scattering (SANS) technique to investigate the structure. The scattering intensity was analyzed using a spherical core-shell model with the Schultz size distribution, and a contrast matching method was used to study the internal structure. The structure of the solution is confirmed to be a water-in-oil microemulsion system, and the swelling law is obeyed in the microemulsion system. PMID:26439624

  8. Viscoelastic behavior of dense microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cametti, C.; Codastefano, P.; D'arrigo, G.; Tartaglia, P.; Rouch, J.; Chen, S. H.

    1990-09-01

    We have performed extensive measurements of shear viscosity, ultrasonic absorption, and sound velocity in a ternary system consisting of water-decane-sodium di(2-ethylhexyl)sulfo- succinate(AOT), in the one-phase region where it forms a water-in-oil microemulsion. We observe a rapid increase of the static shear viscosity in the dense microemulsion region. Correspondingly the sound absorption shows unambiguous evidence of a viscoelastic behavior. The absorption data for various volume fractions and temperatures can be reduced to a universal curve by scaling both the absorption and the frequency by the measured static shear viscosity. The sound absorption can be interpreted as coming from the high-frequency tail of the viscoelastic relaxation, describable by a Cole-Cole relaxation formula with unusually small elastic moduli.

  9. Characteristics of spontaneously formed nanoemulsions in octane/AOT/brine systems.

    PubMed

    Kini, Gautam C; Biswal, Sibani Lisa; Wong, Michael S; Miller, Clarence A

    2012-11-01

    Nanoemulsions were formed spontaneously by diluting water-in-oil (W/O) or brine-in-oil (B/O) microemulsions of a hydrocarbon (octane), anionic surfactant (Aerosol-OT or AOT) and water or NaCl brine in varying levels of excess brine. The water-continuous nanoemulsions were characterized by interfacial tension, dynamic light scattering, electrophoresis, optical microscopy and phase-behavior studies. The mechanism of emulsification was local supersaturation and resulting nucleation of oil during inversion. For nanoemulsions formed at low salinities with Winsor I phase behavior, octane drops grew from initial diameters of 150-250 nm to 480-1000 nm over 24h, depending on salinity. Growth was caused by mass transfer but seemed to approach the asymptotic stage of Ostwald ripening described by the Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner (LSW) theory only for dilution with salt-free water. Near the higher cross-over salinity (Winsor III), the nanoemulsions showed much slower growth with droplet size consistently remaining below 200 nm over 24h and reaching 250 nm after 1 week. Birefringence indicated the presence of liquid crystal for these conditions, which could have contributed to the slow growth rate. At even higher salinity levels in the Winsor II domain, W/O/W multiple emulsions having drops greater than 1 μm in diameter were consistently recorded for the first 5-7h, after which size decreased to values below 1 μm. The number and size of internal water droplets in multiple emulsion drops was found to decrease over time, suggesting coalescence of internal droplets with the continuous water phase and mass transfer of water from internal droplets to continuous phase as possible mechanisms of the observed drop shrinkage. Electrophoresis studies showed the nanoemulsions to be highly negatively charged (zeta potentials of -60 mV to -120 mV). The high charge on octane droplets helped assure stability to flocculation and coalescence, thereby allowing mass transfer to control growth in the

  10. Microemulsion to liquid crystal transition in two anionic surfactant systems

    SciTech Connect

    Hackett, J.L.; Miller, C.A.

    1988-08-01

    The phase behavior of two anionic surfactant systems, one containing a commercial alpha olefin sulfonate (AOS) and the other containing pure sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), was determined in the region where a transition from microemulsion to liquid-crystalline phases occurred with decreasing alcohol content and temperature. A general and rather complex pattern of phase behavior was seen that included a four-phase coexistence region of brine, microemulsion, lamellar liquid crystal, and oil, and two three-phase regions containing both microemulsion and liquid crystal. In much of the four-phase region, complete separation of the phases did not occur even after equilibration for 1 year or more at constant temperature. Instead, oil and brine were observed to coexist with stable birefringent dispersions that (for some compositions at least) apparently contained three phases: microemulsion, liquid crystal, and oil. Solubilization of brine was uniformly low in the phases making up the dispersions. The dispersions in the SDS system exhibited non-Newtonian behavior with apparent viscosities in the range of 50 to 100 mPa . s (50 to 100 cp) at a shear rate of 10 seconds/sup -1/. Microemulsion viscosities in the same system were about an order of magnitude lower. No plugging or other adverse behavior was seen when such dispersions flowed at a velocity of 10/sup -5/ m/s (3 ft/D) through a model porous medium having pore sizes comparable with those in reservoirs. In preliminary experiments, selected dispersions appeared to be capable of displacing oil from the same model porous medium.

  11. Oil Induced Spontaneous Flow in Water- Bis(2-ethylhexyl)Sulfosuccinat (AOT) system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kalakonda, Parvathalu

    Instability and evaporation rates of oils within the layers of vesicles of a surfactants trigger the spontaneous (second flow) flow. The incorporation of oils into bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinat (AOT) system remains incompletely characterized. We show that the second flow has a finite size that show a minimum at a particular concentration (mM) of surfactant solution. As a result, the layers are destabilized lead to ``explode'' and create the second flow. The fluorescence emission spectra and evaporation rates show that the oil diffuses into the layers of vesicles of a surfactant. We have characterized evaporation rates of oils on various concentrations (mM) of surfactant solution and observed that oils evaporation rates depend on volume and remain constant as the function of concentration of surfactant. We believe that second flow is new feature and brings a new insight into the fluid flow dynamics.

  12. Synthesizing metallic to superconducting ceramic nanoparticles using optimized microemulsion systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Fang

    A microemulsion system with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as surfactant, 1-butanol as cosurfactant and n-octane as the oil phase was optimized to produce nanoparticles. Based on the results of conductivity and droplet size, oil/surfactant weight ratio of 1.5 was chosen to perform the study due to its higher solubilization and droplet stability. Nanoparticles of monometallic Fe, bimetallic Fe/Ni, oxide Y2O3, complex oxide Y 2BaCuO5 (Y211) and YBa2Cu3O7-x (Y123) have been successfully synthesized using the water-in-oil microemulsion method. The size of amorphous Fe, Fe/Ni nanoparticles were about 10 nm and 5 nm respectively. The reduction rate of trichloroethylene (TCE, a model contaminant) by the Fe produced from the microemulsion system was the highest compared to the solution product and the commercial product. In the case of Fe/Ni nanoparticles, the initial degradation rate is four times faster than for Fe nanoparticles. Nanocrystalline Y2O3 particles were flake shaped with dimension in the range of 16--30 nm. Y2BaCuO5 and YBa2Cu3O7-x nanoparticles (˜110 nm) produced using the microemulsion method had lower processing temperature than other processing methods due to their smaller particle size. As the reaction time was shortened, the Y211 particle size reduced from larger than 100 nm to the 30--100 nm range. Superconductivity of Y123 nanoparticles was verified using magnetic measurements and the critical transition temperature was 91 K. In the melt-textured Y123 disk, a single domain with a maximum trapped field of 0.14 T was successfully fabricated with the addition of 30% Y211 nanoparticles produced by the microemulsion method. The JC and size distribution of Y211 grain in the Y123 matrix were slightly better than in conventional samples.

  13. Phase equilibrium of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate/water/n-heptane/sodium chloride microemulsion

    SciTech Connect

    Shioi, Akihisada; Harada, Makoto; Matsumoto, Keishi )

    1991-09-19

    The microemulsion phase diagram for the sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate (SDEHP)/water/n-heptane/sodium chloride system is reported. The salinity effects on the phase diagram are discussed in detail. Cylindrical aggregates were found to exist in the oil-rich region and disklike aggregates in the brine-rich region. The middle-phase microemulsion in equilibrium with both the excess brine and oil phases was concluded to be composed of these microstructures. Sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate has a common hydrocarbon tail with sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT), but the phase equilibrium and the structures of the microemulsion phases in SDEHP system were much different from those in the AOT case. The differences were attributed to those in the shapes of aggregates for the two cases.

  14. A novel water-in-ionic liquid microemulsion and its interfacial effect on the activity of laccase.

    PubMed

    Xue, Luyan; Qiu, Huajun; Li, Ying; Lu, Lu; Huang, Xirong; Qu, Yinbo

    2011-02-01

    It is of great significance to develop an appropriate water-in-ionic liquid (W/IL) microemulsion suitable for the expression of the catalytic activity of a given enzyme. In this paper, the phase diagram of a new AOT/Triton X-100/H(2)O/[Bmim][PF(6)] pseudo ternary system is presented. With the aid of nonionic surfactant Triton X-100, AOT could be dissolved in hydrophobic ionic liquid [Bmim][PF(6)], forming a large single phase microemulsion region. The water-in-[Bmim][PF(6)] (W/IL) microemulsion domain was identified electrochemically by using K(3)Fe(CN)(6) as a probe. The existence of W/IL microemulsions was demonstrated spectrophotometrically by using CoCl(2) as a probe. New evidences from the FTIR spectroscopic study, which was first introduced to the W/IL microemulsion by substituting D(2)O for H(2)O to eliminate the spectral interference, demonstrated that there existed bulk water at larger ω(0) values (ω(0) was defined as the molar ratio of water to the total surfactant) in the W/IL microemulsion, which had remained unclear before. In addition to the inorganic salts, biomacromolecule laccase could be solubilized in the W/IL microemulsion. The laccase hosted in the microemulsion exhibited a catalytic activity and the activity could be regulated by the composition of the interfacial membrane. PMID:20951007

  15. [Water in oil microemulsions containing NaCl for transdermal delivery of fluorouracil].

    PubMed

    Xiao, Yan-Yu; Liu, Fang; Chen, Zhi-Peng; Ping, Qi-Neng

    2011-06-01

    This study is to prepare the W/O microemulsion containing NaCl and fluorouracil (5-Fu) as a model drug to investigate the transdermal characteristics and skin irritation of the microemulsion in vitro. Isopropylmyristate (IPM) acting as oil phase, Aerosol-OT (AOT) as surfactant, Tween 85 as cosurfactant, NaCl solution was added dropwise to the oil phase to prepare W/O microemulsion at room temperature using magnetic stirring, and then 5-Fu powder was added. According to the area of microemulsion based on the pseudo-tertiary phase diagrams, the optimum formulation was screened initially. And the permeation flux of fluorouracil across excised mice skin was determined in vitro using Franz diffusion cells to study the influence of the amount of water and the drug loading capacity and optimize the formulation further. Refer to 5-Fu cream, the irritation of microemulsion on the rat skin was studied. The optimum formulation was composed of 0.7% (w/v) 5-Fu, 50% NaCl solution (0.05 mol x L(-1)), 20% mix-surfactant (AOT/Tween 85, K(m) = 2) and 29.3% oil (IPM). The cumulative amount of fluorouracil permeated in 12 h was (2 013.4 +/- 41.6) microg x cm(-2), 20.23 folds and 10.38 folds more than 0.7% fluorouracil aqueous solution and 2.5% (w/w) fluorouracil cream, respectively. Microemulsion exhibited some irritation, but could be reversed after drug withdrawal. The addition of NaCl significantly increased the content of water and the drug loading in microemulsion systems. The NaCl/AOT-Tween 85/IPM microemulsion system promoted the permeation of fluorouracil greatly, which may be a promising vehicle for the transdermal delivery of fluorouracil and other hydrophilic drug. PMID:21882535

  16. Effect of Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine on a microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sharifi, Soheil; Nasrollahi, Aboozar

    2015-06-01

    In this work, the dynamic behavior of droplets under addition of Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (lipid) and CTAB (salt) is studied by photon correlation spectroscopy. The collective diffusion coefficient ( D c ) of Brownian motion of droplets/salt and droplets/lipid was explored by photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS). The PCS experiment demonstrated that D c of AOT/H2O/ n-decane microemulsion increased with increase of lipid and CTAB. For understanding the dynamic of droplets, we investigated viscosity and droplet interaction in Lipid/AOT/H2O/ n-decane microemulsion. This system illustrated a well-known maximum in relative viscosity as a function of water/AOT molar ratio near X = 7. The maximum of viscosity can be varied by adding lipid at different concentration. Small angle X-ray scattering measurements revealed that the morphology of droplets changed from cylindrical to spherical with increase of lipid amount in the droplets. The same effect was observed in the mixture of water droplets with CTAB.

  17. Ultrafast energy transfer in water-AOT reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Cringus, Dan; Bakulin, Artem; Lindner, Jörg; Vöhringer, Peter; Pshenichnikov, Maxim S; Wiersma, Douwe A

    2007-12-27

    A spectroscopic investigation of the vibrational dynamics of water in a geometrically confined environment is presented. Reverse micelles of the ternary microemulsion H2O/AOT/n-octane (AOT = bis-2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate or aerosol-OT) with diameters ranging from 1 to 10 nm are used as a model system for nanoscopic water droplets surrounded by a soft-matter boundary. Femtosecond nonlinear infrared spectroscopy in the OH-stretching region of H2O fully confirms the core/shell model, in which the entrapped water molecules partition onto two molecular subensembles: a bulk-like water core and a hydration layer near the ionic surfactant headgroups. These two distinct water species display different relaxation kinetics, as they do not exchange vibrational energy. The observed spectrotemporal ultrafast response exhibits a local character, indicating that the spatial confinement influences approximately one molecular layer located near the water-amphiphile boundary. The core of the encapsulated water droplet is similar in its spectroscopic properties to the bulk phase of liquid water, i.e., it does not display any true confinement effects such as droplet-size-dependent vibrational lifetimes or rotational correlation times. Unlike in bulk water, no intermolecular transfer of OH-stretching quanta occurs among the interfacial water molecules or from the hydration shell to the bulk-like core, indicating that the hydrogen bond network near the H2O/AOT interface is strongly disrupted. PMID:18047308

  18. Food grade microemulsion systems: canola oil/lecithin:n-propanol/water.

    PubMed

    Abbasi, Soleiman; Radi, Mohsen

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the capability of a natural surfactant, lecithin, and the influence of ionic strength, pH, and temperature on some properties of a food grade microemulsion system were evaluated. For this purpose, the pseudoternary phase diagrams of canola oil/lecithin:n-propanol/water microemulsions in the presence of different salts (NaCl and CaCl2), ionic strengths, pHs, and temperatures were constructed. Our findings showed that the presence of salts slightly increased the W/O areas on the phase diagrams, whereas pH variation was not effective on the microemulsion formation. The expansion of microemulsion areas with temperature indicated the greater triglycerides solubilization capacity of lecithin based microemulsions at higher temperatures. These findings revealed the efficiency of lecithin-based microemulsion system for solubilization of triglycerides which can potentially be used for extraction of edible vegetable oils particularly canola oil. PMID:26471642

  19. Kinetics and mechanism of the cutinase-catalyzed transesterification of oils in AOT reversed micellar system.

    PubMed

    Badenes, Sara M; Lemos, Francisco; Cabral, Joaquim M S

    2011-11-01

    The kinetics of the enzymatic transesterification between a mixture of triglycerides (oils) and methanol for biodiesel production in a bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT)/isooctane reversed micellar system, using recombinant cutinase from Fusarium solani pisi as a catalyst, was investigated. In order to describe the results that were obtained, a mechanistic scheme was proposed, based on the literature and on the experimental data. This scheme includes the following reaction steps: the formation of the active enzyme-substrate complex, the addition of an alcohol molecule to the complex followed by the separation of a molecule of the fatty acid alkyl ester and a glycerol moiety, and release of the active enzyme. Enzyme inhibition and deactivation effects due to methanol and glycerol were incorporated in the model. This kinetic model was fitted to the concentration profiles of the fatty acid methyl esters (the components of biodiesel), tri-, di- and monoglycerides, obtained for a 24 h transesterification reaction performed in a stirred batch reactor under different reaction conditions of enzyme and initial substrates concentration. PMID:21739170

  20. Analysis and antibacterial activity of Nigella sativa essential oil formulated in microemulsion system.

    PubMed

    Shaaban, Hamdy A; Sadek, Zainab; Edris, Amr E; Saad-Hussein, Amal

    2015-01-01

    The Essential oil (EO) of Nigella sativa (black cumin) was extracted from the crude oil and the volatile constituents were characterized using gas chromatographic analysis. The EO was formulated in water-based microemulsion system and its antibacterial activity against six pathogenic bacteria was evaluated using the agar well diffusion method. This activity was compared with two other well known biologically active natural and synthetic antimicrobials namely eugenol and Ceftriaxone(®). Results showed that N. sativa EO microemulsion was highly effective against S. aureus, B. cereus and S. typhimurium even at the lowest tested concentration of that EO in the microemulsion (100.0 μg/well). Interestingly, the EO microemulsion showed higher antibacterial activity than Ceftriaxone solution against S. typhimurium at 400.0 μg/well and almost comparable activity against E. coli at 500.0 μg/well. No activity was detected for the EO microemulsion against L. monocytogenes and P. aeruginosa. Eugenol which was also formulated in microemulsion was less effective than N. sativa EO microemulsion except against P. aeruginosa. The synthetic antibiotic (Ceftriaxone) was effective against most of the six tested bacterial strains. This work is the first report revealing the formulation of N. sativa EO in microemulsion system and investigating its antibacterial activity. The results may offer potential application of that water-based microemulsion in controlling the prevalence of some pathogenic bacteria. PMID:25748382

  1. Illuminating microemulsions: ionic liquid-CdS quantum dots hybrid materials as potential white light harvesting systems.

    PubMed

    Damarla, Krishnaiah; Bharmoria, Pankaj; Rao, K Srinivasa; Gehlot, Praveen Singh; Kumar, Arvind

    2016-05-01

    Microemulsions (MEs) comprising of 2-hydroxyethylammonium formate, (HO-EAF), isooctane and dioctylsulfosuccinate proliniumisopropylester ([ProC3]AOT) have been constructed and used to prepare and stabilize CdS Quantum Dots (QDs) at room temperature. Such hybrid materials exhibited tunable light emission wherein the photoluminescence chromaticity could be precisely adjusted to pure white with a quantum efficiency (QE) of ∼43%, by adjusting the droplet size of MEs. PMID:27087045

  2. Process of forming compounds using reverse micelle or reverse microemulsion systems

    DOEpatents

    Linehan, John C.; Fulton, John L.; Bean, Roger M.

    1998-01-01

    The present invention is directed to a process for producing a nanometer-sized metal compound. The process comprises forming a reverse micelle or reverse microemulsion system comprising a polar fluid in a non-polar or low-polarity fluid. A first reactant comprising a multi-component, water-soluble metal compound is introduced into the polar fluid in a non-polar or low-polarity fluid. This first reactant can be introduced into the reverse micelle or reverse microemulsion system during formation thereof or subsequent to the formation of the reverse micelle or microemulsion system. The water-soluble metal compound is then reacted in the reverse micelle or reverse microemulsion system to form the nanometer-sized metal compound. The nanometer-sized metal compound is then precipitated from the reverse micelle or reverse microemulsion system.

  3. Microemulsions in supercritical hydrochlorofluorocarbons

    SciTech Connect

    Jackson, K.; Fulton, J.L.

    1996-10-30

    We report the properties of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) microemulsions formed in supercritical hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrofluorocarbons, and flourocarbons. The fluids used in this study include compounds that are of low toxicity and flammability and that are expected to remain environmentally acceptable well into the next century (e.g., 1,1,1, 2-tetrafluoroethane (R134a) and chlorodifluoromethane (R22)). We show that it is possible to form a water-in-oil type of microemulsion in a low molecular weight HCFC (R22). In addition to these HCFCs, We also review the ability to form microemulsions in 14 other fluids (ethane, propene, propane, n-butane, n-pentane, n-haxane, isobutane, isooctane, difluoromethane, trifluoromethane, hexafluoroethane, sulfur haxafluoride, xenon, and carbon dioxide) at conditions just above or below the critical point (0.75 < T/T{sub c} <1.1) of the solvent. We report extensively the phase behavior of AOT and didodecyldimethylammonium bromide microemulsions formed in a supercritical HCFC, R22. We show that microemulsions in HCFCs are practical alternatives to other fluids, such as supercritical carbon dioxide. 56 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Microemulsion Drug Delivery System: For Bioavailability Enhancement of Ampelopsin

    PubMed Central

    Solanki, Shailendra Singh; Sarkar, Brajesh; Dhanwani, Rakesh Kumar

    2012-01-01

    Ampelopsin, one of the most common flavonoids, reported to possess numerous pharmacological activities and shows poor aqueous solubility. The purpose of this study was to enhance the dissolution rate and bioavailability of this drug by developing a novel delivery system that is microemulsion (ME) and to study the effect of microemulsion (ME) on the oral bioavailability of ampelopsin. Capmul MCM-based ME formulation with Cremophor EL as surfactant and Transcutol as cosurfactant was developed for oral delivery of ampelopsin. Optimised ME was evaluated for its transparency, viscosity, percentage assay and so forth. Solubilisation capacity of the ME system was also determined. The prepared ME was compared with the pure drug solution and commercially available tablet for in vitro drug release. The optimised ME formulation containing ampelopsin, Capmul MCM (5.5%), Cremophor EL (25%), Transcutol P (8.5%), and distilled water showed higher in vitro drug release, as compared to plain drug suspension and the suspension of commercially available tablet. These results demonstrate the potential use of ME for improving the bioavailability of poor water soluble compounds, such as ampelopsin. PMID:22830055

  5. Effect of Protein Incorporation on the Nanostructure of the Bicontinuous Microemulsion Phase of Winsor-III Systems: A Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Study

    SciTech Connect

    Hayes, Douglas G.; Gomez del Rio, Javier A.; Ye, Ran; Urban, Volker S.; Pingali, Sai Venkatesh; O’Neill, Hugh M.

    2015-01-20

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) analysis using the Teubner₋Strey model has been employed to evaluate the effect of protein incorporation into the middle, bicontinuous microemulsion (BμE) phase of Winsor-III (WIII) systems formed by an aerosol-OT (AOT)/alkyl ethoxylate mixed surfactant system to understand better the extraction of proteins into and out of BμEs and to study the effect of proteins on a system that serves as a biomimetic analog of cell membranes. Under conditions of high salinity, the incorporation of positively charged proteins cytochrome c, lysozyme, and α-chymotrypsin, near their solubilization limit in the BμEs promoted the release of water and oil from the BμEs, a decrease in the quasi-periodic repeat distance (d), an increase in ordering (a decrease in the amphiphilicity factor, fa) for the surfactant monolayers, and a decrease in the surface area per surfactant headgroup, suggesting that the proteins affected the self-assembly of components in the BμE phase and produced Debye shielding of AOTs sulfonate headgroup. For WIII systems possessing lower salinity, cytochrome c reduced the efficiency of surfactant in the BμE phase, noted by increases in d and fa, suggesting that the enzyme and AOT underwent ion pairing. We find that the results of this study demonstrate the importance of ionic strength to modulate proteinsurfactant interactions, which in turn will control the release of proteins encapsulated in the BμEs, relevant to WIII-based protein extraction and controlled release from BμE delivery systems, and demonstrate the utility of BμEs as a model system to understand the effect of proteins on biomembranes.

  6. Effect of Protein Incorporation on the Nanostructure of the Bicontinuous Microemulsion Phase of Winsor-III Systems: A Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Study

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Hayes, Douglas G.; Gomez del Rio, Javier A.; Ye, Ran; Urban, Volker S.; Pingali, Sai Venkatesh; O’Neill, Hugh M.

    2015-01-20

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) analysis using the Teubner₋Strey model has been employed to evaluate the effect of protein incorporation into the middle, bicontinuous microemulsion (BμE) phase of Winsor-III (WIII) systems formed by an aerosol-OT (AOT)/alkyl ethoxylate mixed surfactant system to understand better the extraction of proteins into and out of BμEs and to study the effect of proteins on a system that serves as a biomimetic analog of cell membranes. Under conditions of high salinity, the incorporation of positively charged proteins cytochrome c, lysozyme, and α-chymotrypsin, near their solubilization limit in the BμEs promoted the release of water and oilmore » from the BμEs, a decrease in the quasi-periodic repeat distance (d), an increase in ordering (a decrease in the amphiphilicity factor, fa) for the surfactant monolayers, and a decrease in the surface area per surfactant headgroup, suggesting that the proteins affected the self-assembly of components in the BμE phase and produced Debye shielding of AOTs sulfonate headgroup. For WIII systems possessing lower salinity, cytochrome c reduced the efficiency of surfactant in the BμE phase, noted by increases in d and fa, suggesting that the enzyme and AOT underwent ion pairing. We find that the results of this study demonstrate the importance of ionic strength to modulate proteinsurfactant interactions, which in turn will control the release of proteins encapsulated in the BμEs, relevant to WIII-based protein extraction and controlled release from BμE delivery systems, and demonstrate the utility of BμEs as a model system to understand the effect of proteins on biomembranes.« less

  7. Characterization of a water-in-oil microemulsion containing a concentrated ammonium ferric sulfate aqueous phase

    SciTech Connect

    Darab, J.G.; Pfund, D.M.; Fulton, J.L.; Linehan, J.C. ); Capel, M. ); Ma, Y. )

    1994-01-01

    A water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsion containing high concentrations of ammonium ferric sulfate in solution was characterized by SAXS, EXAFS, electrical conductivity, and viscosity measurements and by its phase behavior. The nanometer-sized aqueous droplets are microemulsified by sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in an isooctane continuous phase. Addition of small amounts of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as a cosurfactant greatly aids in the solubilization of the inorganic electrolyte-laden aqueous phase. For this five-component system there is a large region of the composition phase space that exists as a clear, stable w/o microemulsion. A portion of this w/o microemulsion phase space can be characterized as spherically shaped aqueous nanometer-sized droplets. A simple relationship between the total surfactant concentration and the amount of water on the droplet size was established. This relationship has the same form as the well-known relationship for the ternary system, AOT/water/isooctane. True thermodynamic equilibrium was not established in this microemulsion study because the reaction times for the various ferric oxyhydroxide species are prohibitively long. As a result, pseudoequilibria for this ammonium ferric sulfate microemulsion are reported. 31 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Counterion exchange selectivity coefficients at water-in-oil microemulsion interface.

    PubMed

    Gonçalves, Saulo A P; De Pauli, Silvia H; Tedesco, Antonio C; Quina, Frank H; Okano, Laura T; Bonilha, João B S

    2003-11-15

    The counterion binding at a water/Aerosol-OT (AOT)/heptane microemulsion interface was treated in the context of the pseudo-phase ion exchange formalism. Two approaches were used to determine the selectivity coefficient for copper/sodium counterion binding at the AOT microemulsion interface: measurements of the Cu(II) concentration taken up by the reverse micelle in a Winsor II microemulsion system and steady-state emission quenching measurements of an anionic water-solubilized probe, the tris-(4,4'-dicarboxy-2,2'-bipyridine) ruthenium (II) ion. In addition, the selectivity coefficient for methyl viologen/sodium at the microemulsion surface was determined by the same photophysical technique. The value for copper (II)/sodium exchange (K(Cu/Na)) is 1.1+/-0.3 and that for methyl viologen/sodium (K(MV/Na)) is 0.9+/-0.3. The results show that the pseudo-phase ion exchange model can be used to obtain the selectivity coefficient in a microemulsion system. PMID:14583227

  9. Biocatalysis in water-in-ionic liquid microemulsions: a case study with horseradish peroxidase.

    PubMed

    Moniruzzaman, M; Kamiya, N; Goto, M

    2009-01-20

    In this article we report the first results on the enzymatic activity of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) microencapsulated in water-in-ionic liquid (w/IL) microemulsions using pyrogallol as the substrate. Toward this goal, the system used in this study was composed of anionic surfactant AOT (sodium bis(2-ethyl-1-hexyl)sulfosuccinate)/hydrophobic IL [C(8)mim][Tf(2)N] (1-octyl-3-methyl imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide)/water/1-hexanol. In this system, the catalytic activity of HRP was measured as a function of substrate concentrations, W(0) (molar ratio of water to surfactant), pH, and 1-hexanol content. The curve of the activity-W(0) profile was found to be hyperbolic for the new microemulsion. The apparent Michaelis-Menten kinetic parameters (k(cat) and K(m)) were estimated and compared to those obtained from a conventional microemulsion. Apparently, it was found that HRP-catalyzed oxidation of pyrogallol by hydrogen peroxide in IL microemulsuions is much more effective than in a conventional AOT/water/isooctane microemulsion. The stability of HRP solubilized in the newly developed w/IL microemulsions was examined, and it was found that HRP retained almost 70% of its initial activity after incubation at 28 degrees C for 30 h. PMID:19113810

  10. Microemulsion of babassu oil as a natural product to improve human immune system function

    PubMed Central

    Pessoa, Rafael Souza; França, Eduardo Luzia; Ribeiro, Elton Brito; Lanes, Patrícia Kelly Dias; Chaud, Natalina Galdeano Abud; Moraes, Lucélia Campelo Albuquerque; Honorio-França, Adenilda Cristina

    2015-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to develop and characterize a babassu oil microemulsion system and determine the effect of this microemulsion on the functional activity of phagocytes. Methods The microemulsion was formulated using distilled water, babassu as the oil phase component, Sorbitan monooleate-Span 80® (SP), Polysorbate 80-Tween 80® (TW), and 1-butanol (BT). Pseudoternary diagrams were prepared, and microemulsion diagram regions were preselected. Rheological characterization and preliminary and accelerated stability tests were performed. The effect of the microemulsion on the interactions between leukocytes and bacteria was determined by superoxide release, phagocytosis, and microbicidal activity. Results The developed formulation SP/TW/BT (4.2/4.8/1.0) was classified as oil/water, showed a Newtonian profile, and had linear viscosity. When we assessed the interaction of the microemulsion or babassu oil with phagocytes, we observed an increase in superoxide, phagocytosis, and microbicidal activity. Conclusion The babassu oil microemulsion system is an option for future applications, including for vaccine delivery systems. Babassu oil is a natural product, so is an alternative for future immunotherapy strategies, in particular for infectious diseases. PMID:25565770

  11. Solubility dynamic of methyl yellow and carbon black in microemulsions and lamellar liquid crystal of water, non ionic surfactants and cyclohexane system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Amran, A.; Harfianto, R.; Dewi, W. Y.; Beri, D.; Putra, A.

    2016-02-01

    Solubility dynamics of methyl yellow and carbon black in microemulsions and liquid crystals of water, non-ionic surfactants and cyclohexane system, have been investigated. Actually, solubility dynamics of these dyes both in microemulsion (w/o microemulsions) and the lamellar liquid crystal (LLC) were strongly related to the chemical composition, nature and characteristics of microemulsions and the lamellar liquid crystals.

  12. Formulation, physicochemical characterization and stability study of lithium-loaded microemulsion system.

    PubMed

    Mouri, Abdelkader; Legrand, Philippe; El Ghzaoui, Abdeslam; Dorandeu, Christophe; Maurel, Jean Claude; Devoisselle, Jean-Marie

    2016-04-11

    Lithium biocompatible microemulsion based on Peceol(®), lecithin, ethanol and water was studied in attempt to identify the optimal compositions in term of drug content, physicochemical properties and stability. Lithium solubilization in microemulsion was found to be compatible with a drug-surfactant binding model. Lithium ions were predominantly solubilized within lecithin head group altering significantly the interfacial properties of the system. Pseudo-ternary phase diagrams of drug free and drug loaded microemulsions were built at constant ethanol/lecithin weight ratio (40/60). Lithium loaded microemulsion has totally disappeared in the Peceol(®) rich part of phase diagram; critical fractions of lecithin and ethanol were required for the formation of stable microemulsion. The effect of lithium concentration on the properties and physical stability of microemulsions were studied using microscopy, Karl Fischer titrations, rheology analyses, conductivity measurements and centrifugation tests. The investigated microemulsions were found to be stable under accelerated storage conditions. The systems exhibited low viscosity and behaved as Newtonian fluid and no structural transition was shown. PMID:26836707

  13. Determination of the interaction enthalpy between microemulsion droplets by isothermal titration microcalorimetry.

    PubMed

    Zheng, Peizhu; Ma, Yuanming; Peng, Xuhong; Yin, Tianxiang; An, Xueqin; Shen, Weiguo

    2011-10-18

    A new experimental design for the measurement of the real heat of dilution of the microemulsion droplets by isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) has been reported and used to study the interaction enthalpies of the droplets for the system of water/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)-sulfosuccinate (AOT)/toluene. The results are in good agreement with those determined from light-scattering experiments. PMID:21913718

  14. A new hydrate form of diflunisal precipitated from a microemulsion system.

    PubMed

    Sung, Hsuan-Lei; Fan, Yueh-Lin; Yeh, Kimberly; Chen, Yen-Fu; Chen, Li-Jen

    2013-09-01

    Three microemulsion systems were applied as solvents for polymorph screening of seven active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs): carbamazepine, piroxicam, sulfaguanidine, nitrofurantoin, theophylline, quercetin, and diflunisal. All the recrystallized compounds were examined by using powder X-ray diffractometry, differential scanning calorimetry, elemental analysis, Karl Fischer titration and dissolution rate. A new crystal form of diflunisal hydrate was discovered by the cooling method of recrystallization in a water-in-oil microemulsion system, composed of water, alkane and dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate. The new hydrate form of diflunisal was characterized and confirmed to be a stoichiometry of diflunisal:water of 1:1. The other two microemulsion systems were able to convert the anhydrous diflunisal Form I to Form III. The dissolution rate of diflunisal hydrate is unexpectedly much higher than that of anhydrous ones (Forms I and III). All the other six APIs (carbamazepine, piroxicam, sulfaguanidine, nitrofurantoin, theophylline and quercetin) recrystallized from the microemulsion systems were all converted into hydrate form. PMID:23624616

  15. Size-selective extraction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from a microemulsion system using cyclodextrins

    SciTech Connect

    Elliot, N.B.; Prenni, A.J.; Warner, I.M. ); Ndou, T.T. )

    1993-03-15

    A procedure for the size-selective extraction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from an oil-in-water microemulsion system is reported. This extraction is achieved through a precipitation/extraction process involving cyclodextrins (CDs) and select PAHs in the microemulsion. Results are confirmed by fluorescence analysis of supernatant and precipitate. The size relationship between the PAH and CD cavity appears to be a major factor in the selectivity of the process. For example, after extraction with [beta]-CD, the fluorescence intensity of naphthalene in the microemulsion is reduced to 3.7% of its original value, whereas with [alpha]- or [gamma]-CD the intensity remains unchanged. In studies of a model system, the microemulsion involves a three- component mixture of PAHs; [alpha]-, [beta]-, and [gamma]-CD are investigated for their extraction capabilities for these three PAHs.

  16. Partitioning behavior of an acid-cleavable, 1,3-dioxolane alkyl ethoxylate, surfactant in single and binary surfactant mixtures for 2- and 3-phase microemulsion systems according to ethoxylate head group size

    SciTech Connect

    Gomez Del Rio, Javier A; Hayes, Douglas G; Urban, Volker S

    2010-01-01

    Partition coefficients for a pH-degradable 1,3-dioxolane alkyl ethoxylate surfactant, 4-CH{sub 3}O (CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}O){sub 5.6}-CH{sub 2}, 2,2-(CH{sub 2}){sub 12}CH{sub 3}, 2-(CH{sub 2}) CH{sub 3}, 1,3-dioxolane or ''cyclic ketal'' surfactant, CK-2,13-E{sub 5.6,ave}, between isooctane- and water-rich phases of 2- and 3-phase microemulsion systems (K{sub n}) were determined as functions of the ethoxylate size, n, and temperature for the neat surfactant and its binary surfactant mixtures, to understand the partitioning of alkyl ethoxylates possessing a broad distribution of ethoxylate size and to determine conditions required for formation of 3-phase microemulsion systems at an optimal temperature where phase separation occurs rapidly, important for protein purification via proteins selective partitioning to the middle phase, driven by affinity to the second surfactant of the binary mixture. A semi-empirical thermodynamic mathematical model described the partitioning data well, provided optimal temperature values consistent with phase diagrams and theory, and demonstrated that the tail region of CK-2,13-E{sub 5.6,ave} is more polar than the hydrophobes of fatty alcohol ethoxylates. The addition of Aerosol-OT (AOT) removed the temperature sensitivity of CK-2,13-E{sub 5.6,ave}s partitioning, producing 3-phase microemulsion systems between 20 C and 40 C. Analysis of the bottom phases of the 2- and 3-phase microemulsion systems formed by CK-2,13-E{sub 5.6,ave} via small-angle neutron scattering demonstrated the presence of spherical, monodisperse oil-in-water microemulsions.

  17. Systemic delivery of insulin via the nasal route using a new microemulsion system: In vitro and in vivo studies.

    PubMed

    Sintov, Amnon C; Levy, Haim V; Botner, Shafir

    2010-12-01

    The main purpose of this study was to investigate the nasal absorption of insulin from a new microemulsion spray preparation in rabbits. The bioavailability of insulin lispro via the nasal route using a W/O microemulsion was found to reach 21.5% relative to subcutaneous administration, whereas the use of an inverse microemulsion as well as a plain solution yielded less than 1% bioavailability. The profile of plasma glucose levels obtained after nasal spray application of the microemulsion (1IU/kg lispro) was similar to the subcutaneous profile of 0.5IU/kg at the first 90min after application and resulted in a 30-40% drop in glucose levels. The microemulsion system was characterized by DLS, TEM, viscosity measurements, and by construction of pseudo-ternary phase diagram. The average droplet size of an insulin-unloaded and insulin-loaded microemulsions containing 20% aqueous phase (surfactants-to-oil ratio=87:13) was 2nm and 2.26nm in diameter, respectively. In addition, the effect of the microemulsion on FITC-labeled insulin permeation was examined across the porcine nasal mucosa in vitro. The permeability coefficient of FITC-insulin via the microemulsion was 0.210±0.048cm/h with a lag time of 10.9±6.5min, whereas the permeability coefficient from a plain solution was 0.082±0.043cm/h with a lag time of 36.3±10.1min. In view of the absorption differences of insulin between 20%, 50% water-containing microemulsions and an aqueous solution obtained in vitro and in vivo, it has been concluded that the acceleration in the intramucosal transport process is the result of encapsulating insulin within the nano-droplet clusters of a W/O microemulsion, while the microemulsion ingredients seems to have no direct role. PMID:20709120

  18. Preparation and evaluation of microemulsion systems containing salicylic acid.

    PubMed

    Badawi, Alia A; Nour, Samia A; Sakran, Wedad S; El-Mancy, Shereen Mohamed Sameh

    2009-01-01

    Microemulsions (MEs) are clear, thermodynamically stable systems. They were used to solubilize drugs and to improve topical drug availability. Salicylic acid (SA) is a keratolytic agent used in topical products with antimicrobial actions. The objective of this work was to prepare and evaluate SA ME systems. Different concentrations of SA were incorporated in an ME base composed of isopropyl myristate, water, and Tween 80: propylene glycol in the ratio of 15:1. Three ME systems were prepared: S2%, S5%, and S10% which contain 2%, 5%, and 10% of SA, respectively. Evaluation by examination under cross-polarizing microscope, measuring of percent transmittance, pH measurement, determination of the specific gravity, assessment of rheological properties, and accelerated stability study were carried out. The data showed that the addition of SA markedly affected the physical properties of the base. All systems were not affected by accelerated stability tests. Stability study for 6 months under ambient conditions was carried out for S10%. No remarkable changes were recorded except a decrease in the viscosity value after 1 month. The results suggested that ME could be a suitable vehicle for topical application of different concentrations of SA. PMID:19757081

  19. Preparation and in vitro evaluation of an ilomastat microemulsion gel by a self-microemulsifying system.

    PubMed

    Senhao, Li; Dongqin, Quan

    2012-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to construct a microemulsion gel formulation by a self-microemulsifying system for transdermal topical delivery of ilomastat. The optimum formulations were screened by penetration evaluation in vitro. Ilomastat microemulsion gel was prepared by drawing a ternary phase diagram and Pluronic F127 was added as gel matrix for the formulation. The optimal formulations had wide microemulsion existent field and good self-microemulsifying efficiency. The droplet size was within 100 nm. Statistical comparison of the permeation throughout 24 h showed that the two microemulsion gel preparations of ilomastat provided higher permeation than that of the normal gel which had only a low cumulative amount of ilomastat (6.03 microg x cm(-2)) 24 h after application. Cumulative amount of ilomastat from microemulsion gels A and B was 2.2 times and 1.8 times that of the normal gel at 24 h respectively. These results indicate that the microemulsion gel may be a promising vehicle for topical delivery of ilomastat. PMID:22512086

  20. Formation and cleansing performance of bicontinuous microemulsions in water/poly (oxyethylene) alkyl ether/ester-type oil systems.

    PubMed

    Aramaki, Kenji; Tawa, Kosuke; Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Iwanaga, Tetsuro; Kamada, Miho

    2013-01-01

    Phase behaviors in water/poly(oxyethylene) dodecyl ether (C₁₂EO(n), n = 4, 6, 8)/cetyl isooctanoate (CIO) systems were studied. In the C₁₂EO₆ and C₁₂EO₈ systems, self-assembled structures with positive curvatures, such as O/W microemulsions, and micellar cubic and hexagonal phases, were observed. A wider region of a lamellar liquid-crystalline phase, which included a narrow microemulsion region joined by a miscibility gap, was observed in the C₁₂EO₄ system. The structure of the microemulsion phase in the C₁₂EO₄ system was characterized by pulsed-field-gradient NMR (PFG-NMR) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques. PFG-NMR measurements indicated that the structure of the microemulsion was bicontinuous; both water and oil phases were continuous within the microemulsion. Pair-distance distribution function, p (r), and structure factors obtained by Generalized Indirect Fourier Transformation (GIFT) analysis of the SAXS data showed that the microemulsion domain sizes decreased with an increase in the oil content. The structure of the bicontinuous microemulsion was consistent with the results of a detergency test, in which the microemulsion samples were applied to lipstick dirt on an artificial skin plate. Detergency was observed to be better for the microemulsion at lower oil contents because of the larger oil domain size at these low concentrations. PMID:24088518

  1. Transport properties of diluted inverted micelles and microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Lalanne, J.R.; Pouligny, B.; Sein, E.

    1983-02-17

    Experimental results concerning 3 transport properties are discussed: viscosity, mass diffusion, and heat transfer in the ternary system sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/water/CCl4. Thermal conductivity has been investigated by a thermal lens technique using a single laser pulse in the microsecond range. The results are discussed and compared by using a model based upon the kinetic theory of fluids. The study shows how such investigations can lead to an original determination of the intermicellar potential in microemulsions. 99 references.

  2. In vitro permeation and in vivo whitening effect of topical hesperetin microemulsion delivery system.

    PubMed

    Tsai, Yi-Hung; Lee, Ko-Feng; Huang, Yaw-Bin; Huang, Chi-Te; Wu, Pao-Chu

    2010-03-30

    Hesperetin is one of the flavonoids and possess anti-inflammatory, UV-protecting and antioxidant effects. Permeation issues for topical delivery systems of such effects are occasionally problematic, and in view of the fact that microemulsions are potential carriers for transdermal delivery system, the objective of this study was to design an optimal microemulsion formulation by in vitro permeation study for hesperetin topical dosage form and determine its topical photoprotective effect and skin irritation by in vivo study. The hesperetin-loaded microemulsion showed an enhanced in vitro permeation compared to the aqueous and isopropyl myristate (IPM) suspension dosage form of hesperetin. In comparison, the effect of co-surfactant on the drug permeation capacity, propylene glycol showed highest permeation rate, followed by ethanol, glycerol and polyethylene glycol (PEG 400). Sunscreen agent padimate O, as a transdermal enhancer could increase the permeation rate of hesperetin. In case of in vivo study, the hesperetin-loaded microemulsion showed significant topical whitening effect and diminished skin irritation when compared with the non-treatment group, indicating that the hesperetin microemulsion could be used as an effective whitening agent. PMID:20060453

  3. Investigation of microemulsion system for transdermal delivery of itraconazole

    PubMed Central

    Chudasama, Arpan; Patel, Vineetkumar; Nivsarkar, Manish; Vasu, Kamala; Shishoo, Chamanlal

    2011-01-01

    A new oil-in-water microemulsion-based (ME) gel containing 1% itraconazole (ITZ) was developed for topical delivery. The solubility of ITZ in oils and surfactants was evaluated to identify potential excipients. The microemulsion existence ranges were defined through the construction of the pseudoternary phase diagrams. The optimized microemulsion was characterized for its morphology and particle size distribution. The optimized microemulsion was incorporated into polymeric gels of Lutrol F127, Xanthan gum, and Carbopol 934 for convenient application and evaluated for pH, drug content, viscosity, and spreadability. In vitro drug permeation of ME gels was determined across excised rat skins. Furthermore, in vitro antimycotic inhibitory activity of the gels was conducted using agar-cup method and Candida albicans as a test organism. The droplet size of the optimized microemulsion was found to be <100 nm. The optimized Lutrol F 127 ME gel showed pH in the range of 5.68±0.02 and spreadability of 5.75±1.396 gcm/s. The viscosity of ME gel was found to be 1805.535±542.4 mPa s. The permeation rate (flux) of ITZ from prepared ME gel was found to be 4.234 μg/cm/h. The release profile exhibited diffusion controlled mechanism of drug release from ME ITZ gel. The developed ME gels were nonirritant and there was no erythema or edema. The antifungal activity of ITZ showed the widest zone of inhibition with Lutrol F127 ME gel. These results indicate that the studied ME gel may be a promising vehicle for topical delivery of ITZ. PMID:22171289

  4. Spinodal decomposition of a three-component water-in-oil microemulsion system

    SciTech Connect

    Mallamace, F.; Micali, N.; Trusso, S.; Chen, S.H. ||

    1995-06-01

    We have performed a series of spinodal decomposition measurements of a three-component microemulsion system made of a surfactant Aerosol OT, water, and decane. The measurements were made by a temperature jump from a one-phase droplet microemulsion to a two-phase droplet microemulsion along the critical isovolume fraction line (10%) using a time resolved light scattering intensity measurement technique. All three stages of the evolution were studied. Time evolution of intensities for the initial stage follows closely the linearized theory. On the other hand, time evolution of the characteristic wave vector, the maximum scattering intensity, and the intensity distributions in the intermediate and late stages are in good agreement with recent dynamic scaling theories.

  5. Reverse micelle and microemulsion phases in supercritical fluids

    SciTech Connect

    Fulton, J.L.; Smith, R.D.

    1988-05-19

    The surfactant sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) was used to form reverse micelle and microemulsion phases in supercritical ethane and propane for systems consisting of 80-100% alkane by weight. Phase diagrams obtained from view cell studies of microemulsion phases formed in supercritical fluids are reported and shown to be strongly dependent on pressure. The properties of these solutions were also characterized by conductivity, density, and surfactant solubility measurements. The solubility of AOT in ethane and propane over a range of pressures shows behavior typical of solids in supercritical fluids. The maximum water-to-surfactant ratio (W/sub 0/) increased dramatically in both ethane and propane systems as pressure was increased. At 300 bar and 103/sup 0/C, the supercritical propane-surfactant system is capable of solubilizing much more water (W/sub 0/ = 12) than the supercritical ethane-surfactant system (W/sub 0/ = 4) at 300 bar and 37/sup 0/C. Some of the important thermodynamic contributions that are likely responsible for this pressure-dependent phase behavior are discussed, and potential applications of this new class of solvents are considered.

  6. Stability and comparative analysis of AOT/water/isooctane reverse micelle system using dynamic light scattering and molecular dynamics.

    PubMed

    Vasquez, V R; Williams, B C; Graeve, O A

    2011-03-31

    We use molecular dynamics (MD) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements to analyze the size of reverse micellar structures in the AOT-water-isooctane system at different water-to-surfactant ratios at ambient temperature and pressure. We find good qualitative agreement for the size and morphology behavior of the reverse micelle structures between molecular dynamics calculations and DLS measurements; however, the average values for the reverse micelle size distributions are systematically larger for the DLS measurements. The latter tends to capture the average hydrodynamic size of the structures based on self-diffusion rather than the average physical size as measured in MD simulations, explaining the systematic deviations observed. The combination of MD with DLS allows a better interpretation of the experimental results, in particular for conditions where the structures are nonspherical, commonly observed at lower water-to-surfactant ratios. We also present and analyze the effect of zirconyl chloride on the micellar size distributions in this system. These type of salts are common for reverse micellar synthesis processes. We find that zirconyl chloride affects significantly the size distributions. PMID:21384835

  7. Theory for dynamical self arrest and gelation in microemulsions and the block copolymer systems

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, Sangwook

    2005-05-01

    The main purpose of this work is to investigate the glassy behavior of microemulsions and block copolymers. The origin of glassy behavior in microemulsions and block copolymers is frustration due to a competition between short-range interaction and long range interaction. According to the charge frustrated Ising model, the competition between ferromagnetic interaction and antiferromagnetic interaction is the origin of frustration in microemulsions. The competition between entropic effects and stoichiometric constraints responsible for the formation of micelles in microemulsions can lead to the emergence of a self generated glassy behavior in these systems. In the block copolymer, the competition between the repulsive short range interaction between monomers in polymer chains and the long range interaction by chemical bonds can lead to the emergence of a self generated glassy behavior. The criteria for the fluctuation induced first order transition and our microemulsion and block copolymer glasses are essentially the same. Both are a consequence of the large phase space of low energy excitations (14) (62) (all states with momenta q which fulfill |q| = q{sub m}) and are of at the most a moderate supercooling of the liquid state is required. This is strongly supported by the observation in Ref. (14) that the metastable states which are first to appear at a fluctuation induced first order transition are the ones build by a superposition of large amplitude waves of wavenumber q{sub m}, but with random orientations and phases, i.e. just the ones which form the metastable states of our microemulsion and block copolymer glass. (38)

  8. Partitioning of polymeric plutonium(IV) in Winsor II microemulsion systems

    SciTech Connect

    Chaiko, D.J. )

    1992-09-01

    The hydrolysis and polymerization of Pu(IV) can cause serious problems during the aqueous processing of spent fuel and nuclear wastes. Several studies describing the liquid/liquid extraction behavior of polymeric Pu(IV) have been reported in the literature. In many cases, poor plutonium extraction was accompanied by the appearance of an interfacial crud or third phase. Invariably, poor mass balances were observed during the extraction of aged, colloidal Pu(IV). Extraction of colloidal Pu(IV) by microemulsion-based solvent extraction systems, however, is capable of attaining bulk phase mass balances for Pu of 100%. The Winsor II microemulsions discussed in this paper consisted of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate in hexane with either octylphenyl-N,N-diisobutylcarbamoylmethylphosphine oxide or tributyl phosphate as coextractant. Backextraction of plutonium from microemulsion phases was achieved by Pu encapsulation in silica particles that were produced by the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis and polymerization of tetraethoxysilane within the aqueous microdroplets of the microemulsion.

  9. Integral physicochemical properties of reverse micelles of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fedyaeva, O. A.; Shubenkova, E. G.; Poshelyuzhnaya, E. G.; Lutaeva, I. A.

    2016-08-01

    The effect the degree of hydration has on optical and electrophysical properties of water/AOT/ n-hexane system is studied. It is found that AOT reverse micelles form aggregates whose dimensions grow along with the degree of hydration and temperature. Aggregation enhances their electrical conductivity and shifts the UV spectrum of AOT reverse emulsions to the red region. Four states of water are found in the structure of AOT reverse micelles.

  10. Formation of microemulsions for using as cosmeceutical delivery systems: effects of various components and characteristics of some formulations.

    PubMed

    Wuttikul, Krisada; Boonme, Prapaporn

    2016-06-01

    Microemulsions are interesting formulations for cosmeceutical applications due to their good appearance, high solubilization power, thermodynamic stability, and enhancement of skin penetration. In addition, they can spontaneously form when suitable types and amounts of components are simply mixed. In this study, the phase behavior of the nonionic systems with various parameters was studied by construction of phase diagrams using titration method. Natural oils, i.e., coconut oil (CO), rice bran oil (RBO), and palm oil (PO), were analyzed for their fatty acid compositions and then mixed with blends of nonionic surfactants (Tween80: Span80) and water or mixtures of water and a cosolvent, propylene glycol (PG), to find the microemulsion regions. Subsequently, some microemulsions were selected for physical characterization. The largest microemulsion regions which were obtained from CO, RBO, and PO covered the sizes of 11.65, 9.84, and 9.24 %, respectively. The surfactant mixture at weight ratio of 1:1 was the most suitable for CO and PO, but for RBO, it was 2:1. PG could increase the microemulsion regions of PO from 9.24 to 15.33 %, depending on PG concentrations. Hence, the sizes of the microemulsion regions were related to oil types, surfactant mixtures, and ratios between water and PG. The studied microemulsions were water-in-oil (w/o) type, and their internal droplets were in the nanosize range. They exhibited Newtonian flow behavior and their mean viscosity values were from 247.53 to 690.35 cP which were correlated with the types and concentrations of the components in the formulations. In conclusion, natural oils could form w/o microemulsions with nonionic surfactants. The microemulsion formation and characteristics were related to many parameters of the components. PMID:26813671

  11. Volume properties of reverse micellar systems AOT/ n-heptane/DMSO-water

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sargsyan, A. R.; Shahinyan, G. A.; Markarian, S. A.

    2014-05-01

    The volume properties of reverse micellar systems bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate sodium salt/ n-heptane/dimethyl sulfoxide-water are studied via densitometry. The presence of dimethyl sulfoxide and the increase in its amount in a dimethyl sulfoxide-water mixed solvent raise the apparent volume of the polar phase. This increase is also observed when the degree of hydration of the polar core and the temperature are raised.

  12. Correlation of insulin-enhancing properties of vanadium-dipicolinate complexes in model membrane systems: phospholipid langmuir monolayers and AOT reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Sostarecz, Audra G; Gaidamauskas, Ernestas; Distin, Steve; Bonetti, Sandra J; Levinger, Nancy E; Crans, Debbie C

    2014-04-22

    We explore the interactions of V(III) -, V(IV) -, and V(V) -2,6-pyridinedicarboxylic acid (dipic) complexes with model membrane systems and whether these interactions correlate with the blood-glucose-lowering effects of these compounds on STZ-induced diabetic rats. Two model systems, dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) Langmuir monolayers and AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate) reverse micelles present controlled environments for the systematic study of these vanadium complexes interacting with self-assembled lipids. Results from the Langmuir monolayer studies show that vanadium complexes in all three oxidation states interact with the DPPC monolayer; the V(III) -phospholipid interactions result in a slight decrease in DPPC molecular area, whereas V(IV) and V(V) -phospholipid interactions appear to increase the DPPC molecular area, an observation consistent with penetration into the interface of this complex. Investigations also examined the interactions of V(III) - and V(IV) -dipic complexes with polar interfaces in AOT reverse micelles. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic studies of V(IV) complexes in reverse micelles indicate that the neutral and smaller 1:1 V(IV) -dipic complex penetrates the interface, whereas the larger 1:2 V(IV) complex does not. UV/Vis spectroscopy studies of the anionic V(III) -dipic complex show only minor interactions. These results are in contrast to behavior of the V(V) -dipic complex, [VO2 (dipic)](-) , which penetrates the AOT/isooctane reverse micellar interface. These model membrane studies indicate that V(III) -, V(IV) -, and V(V) -dipic complexes interact with and penetrate the lipid interfaces differently, an effect that agrees with the compounds' efficacy at lowering elevated blood glucose levels in diabetic rats. PMID:24615733

  13. Microemulsion system for topical delivery of thai mango seed kernel extract: development, physicochemical characterisation and ex vivo skin permeation studies.

    PubMed

    Leanpolchareanchai, Jiraporn; Padois, Karine; Falson, Françoise; Bavovada, Rapepol; Pithayanukul, Pimolpan

    2014-01-01

    A microemulsion system containing Thai mango seed kernel extract (MSKE, cultivar "Fahlun") was developed and characterised for the purpose of topical skin delivery. The MSKE-loaded microemulsions were prepared by using the spontaneous emulsification method. Isopropyl myristate (IPM) was selected as the oil phase. A polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate and sorbitan monododecanoate (1:1, w/w) system was used as the surfactant phase; an aqueous mixture of different cosurfactants (absolute ethanol, 96.3% v/v ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol or 1,2-propanediol) at a weight ratio of 1:1 was used as the aqueous phase. Among the cosurfactants studied, the 1-propanol aqueous mixture had the largest microemulsion region (48.93%) in the pseudo-ternary phase diagram. Microemulsions containing 1% MSKE demonstrated good physicochemical stability during a six-month study period at 25 ± 2 °C/60% ± 5% RH. The ex vivo skin permeation study demonstrated that the microemulsions exhibited a potent skin enhancement effect allowing MSKE to penetrate skin layers up to 60-fold higher compared with the control. Neither skin irritation nor skin corrosion was observed in ex vivo studies. The present study revealed that IPM-based microemulsion systems may be promising carriers to enhance skin penetration and delivering MSKE for topical treatment. PMID:25347456

  14. Delivery systems for biopharmaceuticals. Part II: Liposomes, Micelles, Microemulsions and Dendrimers.

    PubMed

    Silva, Ana C; Lopes, Carla M; Lobo, José M S; Amaral, Maria H

    2015-01-01

    Biopharmaceuticals are a generation of drugs that include peptides, proteins, nucleic acids and cell products. According to their particular molecular characteristics (e.g. high molecular size, susceptibility to enzymatic activity), these products present some limitations for administration and usually parenteral routes are the only option. To avoid these limitations, different colloidal carriers (e.g. liposomes, micelles, microemulsions and dendrimers) have been proposed to improve biopharmaceuticals delivery. Liposomes are promising drug delivery systems, despite some limitations have been reported (e.g. in vivo failure, poor long-term stability and low transfection efficiency), and only a limited number of formulations have reached the market. Micelles and microemulsions require more studies to exclude some of the observed drawbacks and guarantee their potential for use in clinic. According to their peculiar structures, dendrimers have been showing good results for nucleic acids delivery and a great development of these systems during next years is expected. This is the Part II of two review articles, which provides the state of the art of biopharmaceuticals delivery systems. Part II deals with liposomes, micelles, microemulsions and dendrimers. PMID:26278524

  15. Efficacy of Different Block Copolymers in Facilitating Microemulsion Phases in Polymer Blend Systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pandav, Gunja; Ganesan, Venkat

    2014-03-01

    Polymeric microemulsions are formed in a narrow range of phase diagram when a blend of immiscible homopolymers is compatibilized by copolymers. In this study, we consider the ternary blend system of A and B homopolymers mixed with block copolymers containing A and B segments, and probe the efficacy of different copolymer configurations in promoting the formation of microemulsion phases. Specifically, we consider: (a) Monodisperse diblock copolymers; (b) Diblock copolymers with bidisperse molecular weights (MW); (c) Block copolymers having MW polydispersity in one of the blocks; (d) Diblock copolymers having monodisperse MW but bidispersity in average composition; and (e) Gradient copolymers exhibiting a linear variation in the average composition. Using single chain in mean field simulations effected in two dimensions, we probe the onset of formation and the width of the bicontinuous microemulsion channel in the ternary phase diagram of homopolymer blended with compatibilizer. We rationalize our results by explicitly quantifying the interfacial activity and the influence of fluctuation effects in the respective copolymer systems.

  16. Nanostructured diffusion-limited-aggregation crystal pattern formation in a reactive microemulsion system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Srivastava, Rohit; Srivastava, P. K.

    2014-03-01

    Nanostructured diffusion-limited-aggregation (DLA) crystal pattern formation in microemulsion consisting of water, styrene, cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTACl), potassium persulphate and an oscillating Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reactant is reported. A variety of spatiotemporal patterns like concentric wave, spatial (stripe) and chaotic patterns appear. A colloidal phase composed of numerous nano-sized particles has been observed. The solid phase nucleation has been found to occur in the colloidal phase and has been found to grow in a symmetric crystal pattern with the progress of the reaction finally exhibiting DLA structures. We show that the formation of a nanostructured DLA crystal pattern is governed by spatial structures emerging in the BZ microemulsion system. Without any spatial structure in the microemulsion system only hydrogel of high viscosity is formed. A nano-sized branched crystal pattern was formed with a particle diameter in the range of 60-100 nm, as evident by transmission electron microscope, powder x-ray diffraction and particle size analyser studies.

  17. Characterization of Microemulsion Systems Formed by a Mixed 1,3-Dioxolane Ethoxylate / Octyl Glucoside Surfactant System

    SciTech Connect

    Alkhatib, Mayson H; Hayes, Douglas G; Urban, Volker S

    2009-01-01

    The phase behavior of microemulsion systems containing water (or 1.0 wt% NaCl{sub aq}), isooctane, and the binary surfactant system consisting of n-octyl-{beta}-D-glucopyranoside, C{sub 8}{beta}G{sub 1}, and the acid-cleavable alkyl ethoxylate, 4-CH{sub 3}O (CH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}O){sub 7.2}, 2-(CH{sub 2}){sub 12}CH{sub 3}, 2-(CH{sub 2})CH{sub 3}, 1,3-dioxolane, or 'cyclic ketal' ('CK-2,13'), was determined. Large temperature-insensitive one, two, and three-phase microemulsion-phase regions were obtained when equal masses of the two surfactants were employed, suggesting that C{sub 8}{beta}G{sub 1} reduces the temperature sensitivity of CK-2,13's ethoxylate group. Addition of C{sub 8}{beta}G{sub 1} to CK-2,13 greatly improves the latter's low efficiency, evidenced by the formation of a three-phase microemulsion system for surfactant concentrations at low fractions of total surfactants for systems with equal mass ratios of water to oil and CK-2,13 to C{sub 8}{beta}G{sub 1}. Analysis of the phase diagrams also suggests that CK-2,13 and C{sub 8}{beta}G{sub 1} impart hydrophobic and hydrophilic character, respectively, to the surfactant mixture, and that addition of salt further increases the hydrophilicity of C{sub 8}{beta}G{sub 1}, presumably because of the salting-in of the latter. Analysis of small-angle neutron scattering data revealed that the mixed surfactant system formed spherical oil-in-water microemulsions, and that increasing the CK-2,13 fraction among the surfactants reduced the critical microemulsion concentration but slightly increased the nanodroplet size.

  18. Solubilization of a dendrimer into a microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Nir, Ido; Aserin, Abraham; Libster, Dima; Garti, Nissim

    2010-12-23

    The present work investigates, for the first time, a system comprising a dendrimer incorporated into the water core of water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion (ME). A second generation (G-2) poly(propyleneimine) dendrimer (PPI) was solubilized into W/O ME composed of AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate), heptane, and water. Such a model system possessing the benefits of both dendrimers and ME, can potentially offer superior control of drug administration. The localization of PPI within the system, its specific interactions with the components of the carrier, and its effect on the ME structure was explored by SAXS, DSC, ATR-FTIR, and electrical conductivity measurements. Considerable water binding by PPI, accompanied by partial dehydration of AOT polar heads, was detected by ATR-FTIR and DSC analysis, suggesting that PPI acted as a "water pump". In addition, SAXS measurements showed periodicity increase and disordering of the droplets. Hence, localization of PPI within the core and interfacial regions of the droplets was assumed. Direct electrostatic interactions between PPI and the sulfonate group were not noticed, since the dendrimer molecules were mostly not protonated in the current basic environment at pH 12. However, slight hydrogen bonding between PPI and the S=O groups allowed the dendrimer to behave as a "spacer" between sodium and sulfonate ions. This affected the electrical conductivity behavior of the system, revealing that PPI favored the percolation process. Most likely, PPI decreased the rigidity of the interfacial layer, facilitating the diffusion of sodium ions through the channels. The characterized model system can be advantageously utilized to design specific delivery vehicles, allowing administration of dendrimers as a therapeutic agent from host MEs. PMID:21126032

  19. Optical Properties of Silica-Encapsulated ZnSe Nanocrystals Prepared with Water-in-Oil Microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, Kang; Kim, Ji Hyeon; Park, Sang Joon

    2013-01-01

    Silica-encapsulated ZnSe nanocrystals (NCs) were prepared by a safe and simple synthesis method, utilizing a sodium bis (2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/water/cyclohexane microemulsion system and characterized by UV-vis analysis, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). For the encapsulations, two reverse micellar solutions [one for tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and the other for ZnSe] containing different water volumes were employed. The size of silica particles containing ZnSe NCs could be controlled from 13-37 nm by varying the water content W (W=[H2O]/[AOT]). On the other hand, the size of encapsulated ZnSe NCs was almost unchanged (about 2.5 nm) even though the size of the silica particles was increased. At W = 7, the maximum PL efficiency of 6% was obtained and the photostability was increased markedly after ZnSe NCs were encapsulated by silica.

  20. Electron microscopic study of a glass-forming water/oil pseudo-three-component microemulsion system

    SciTech Connect

    Green, J.L. )

    1990-07-26

    The development of microemulsion systems that do not break down during cooling and in which neither dispersed nor matrix phases crystallize during the cooling process opens the way to direct studies of the microemulsion structure and also the investigation of the dispersed liquid in unusual states. The authors report the first water-in-oil example of this type of system. It was obtained by partial replacement of water by glycerol and total replacement of normal paraffin by ethylcyclohexane, in the water/oil/didodecyldimethylammonium bromide three-component system. The phase diagram at 25{degree}C indicates a remarkably wide range of clear-phase compositions. A dispersed droplet structure for the water-rich range is unequivocally established by direct electron microscope imaging of the vitrified microemulsion, using the freeze-fracture technique.

  1. High aspect ratio CdS nanowires synthesized in microemulsion system

    SciTech Connect

    Fu Xun . E-mail: fuxun@qust.edu.cn; Wang Debao; Wang Jing; Shi Huaqiang; Song Caixia

    2004-10-04

    CdS nanowires with typical length more than 8 {mu}m and width of 30 nm on average have been successfully synthesized through Cd(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} reacting with CS{sub 2} and ethylenediamine in microemulsion system of sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SBDS). The microstructures of the as-synthesized CdS nanowires were characterized using XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and HRTEM. The possible formation mechanism was discussed. The morphologies of CdS sample strongly depend on the concentration of surfactant in solutions.

  2. Reversed micellar solution-to-bicontinuous microemulsion transition in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate/n-heptane/water system

    SciTech Connect

    Yu, Z.J.; Neuman, R.D.

    1995-04-01

    The solution structures in the three-component system sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate (NaDEHP)/n-heptane/water have been investigated by dynamic and static light-scattering, electrical conductivity, and {sup 31}P-NMR spectroscopic and viscometric measurements. A transition in the physicochemical properties was observed over a rather narrow range of W{sub o} (molar ratio of water to NaDEHP) values. Rodlike reversed micelles and swollen rodlike reversed micelles form when W{sub o}< 4. Beyond this W{sub o} range, phase separation occurs at low NaDEHP concentrations, and homogeneous one-phase microemulsions form at high NaDEHP concentrations. It is suggested that the n-heptane-continuous solution of water-swollen reversed micelles transforms to a bicontinuous microemulsion when W{sub o} increases beyond W{sub o} {approx} 4. The bicontinuous microemulsion region ranges between two local viscosity maxima at W{sub o}{approx} 4 and W{sub o}{approx} 100, and an oil-in-water (O/W) microemulsion exists when W{sub o}> 100. Local dynamic domain structures consistent with the bicontinuous microemulsion behaviors are proposed and discussed. 29 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Preparation of iron oxide nanoparticles from FeCl3 solid powder using microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nassar, Nashaat; Husein, Maen

    2006-05-01

    Nanoparticles of iron oxide were prepared by subjecting iron chloride powder to (w/o) microemulsions consisting of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT), isooctane and water. FeCl3 was first dissolved in the water pools of the microemulsion, and then reacted with NaOH added as an aqueous solution to form iron oxide. The amount of NaOH solution was limited so that single microemulsion phase is obtained. This technique serves as an in-situ nanoparticle preparation technique aimed at minimizing particle aggregation associated with particle transportation to required sites. In this study, the effects of AOT concentration and water to AOT mole ratio on the nanoparticle size were investigated. UV/Vis spectrophotometry and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to measure the particle size distribution.

  4. Characterization and in vitro permeation study of microemulsions and liquid crystalline systems containing the anticholinesterase alkaloidal extract from Tabernaemontana divaricata.

    PubMed

    Chaiyana, Wantida; Rades, Thomas; Okonogi, Siriporn

    2013-08-16

    The aims of the present study were to characterize the microstructure and study the skin permeation enhancement of formulations containing the alkaloidal extract from Tabernaemontana divaricata. The extract was loaded in the formulations composed of Zingiber cassumunar oil, Triton X-114, ethanol and water with the oil:surfactant ratios of 1:5 and 2:5. The formulations were characterized by photon correlation spectroscopy, polarizing light microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and viscosity measurement. A reverse micellar phase, w/o microemulsions, liquid crystalline systems, liquid crystal in microemulsion systems and coarse emulsions were formed along the aqueous dilution line of both oil:surfactant ratios. Formulations with the ratio of 1:5 containing 0.1 μg/ml extract showed a significantly higher acetylcholinesterase inhibition than those with the ratio of 2:5. The skin of stillborn piglet was used in the permeation study. The liquid crystalline and microemulsion systems significantly increased the transdermal delivery of the extract within 24h. It was concluded that the alkaloidal extract from T. divaricata stem loaded in liquid crystalline or microemulsion systems comprising Z. cassumunar oil/Triton X-114/ethanol/water may act as an alternative percutanous formulations for enhancing the acetylcholine level in Alzheimer's patients. PMID:23680734

  5. Electron processes in AOT reverse micelles. Part 2. Influence of oil phase. Pulse radiolysis study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gebicki, J. L.; Bednarek, P.

    2000-11-01

    Reverse micellar systems formed of AOT, i.e. sodium bis(2-ethyl-1-hexyl) sulfo-succinate, in different hydrocarbons, without water, dry micelles, and in the presence of water, wet micelles, have been studied by means of pulse radiolysis. Different localization sites of hydrated electron within wet reverse micelle including a triad e aq-/Na +/SO 3- rad (absorption band peaking around 610 nm) are proposed and discussed to explain the influence of the ratio [water]/[AOT] and of the kind of alkane on the position and half-width of the absorption spectrum of the hydrated electron. Sulfite radical, necessary to form such triad, is released as a result of electron interaction with AOT molecule within reverse micelles (RM) containing water. A product of direct electron attachment to AOT molecule, AOT radical anion, has been observed spectrophotometrically only in dry AOT RM at ambient temperature (absorption band peaking around 330 nm).

  6. Design and control of patterns in reaction-diffusion systems

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vanag, Vladimir K.; Epstein, Irving R.

    2008-06-01

    We discuss the design of reaction-diffusion systems that display a variety of spatiotemporal patterns. We also consider how these patterns may be controlled by external perturbation, typically using photochemistry or temperature. Systems treated include the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction, the chlorite-iodide-malonic acid and chlorine dioxide-malonic acid-iodine reactions, and the BZ-AOT system, i.e., the BZ reaction in a water-in-oil reverse microemulsion stabilized by the surfactant sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT).

  7. Design and control of patterns in reaction-diffusion systems

    SciTech Connect

    Vanag, Vladimir K.; Epstein, Irving R.

    2008-06-15

    We discuss the design of reaction-diffusion systems that display a variety of spatiotemporal patterns. We also consider how these patterns may be controlled by external perturbation, typically using photochemistry or temperature. Systems treated include the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction, the chlorite-iodide-malonic acid and chlorine dioxide-malonic acid-iodine reactions, and the BZ-AOT system, i.e., the BZ reaction in a water-in-oil reverse microemulsion stabilized by the surfactant sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)

  8. Recovery of oil using microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Puerto, M.C.

    1992-08-04

    This patent describes a method of recovering hydrocarbons from a subterranean reservoir formation containing formation hydrocarbons and formation water. It comprises determining the effective reservoir water/hydrocarbon bank viscosity and the reservoir salinity; determining the proper oil molar volume for a micro-emulsion; determining the proper oil or mixture of oils to be used to create an optimal microemulsion; tailoring a microemulsion in the one phase region of the ternary diagram of an optimum microemulsion system that is optimum at the reservoir salinity; injecting the microemulsion into the formation through at least one injection means to displace the hydrocarbons toward at least one production means, and recovering hydrocarbons with the production means.

  9. Hydrated Electrons in a Quaternary Microemulsion System: A Pulse Radiolysis Study

    PubMed

    Adhikari; Joshi; Gopinathan

    1997-07-01

    Using the technique of pulse radiolysis, hydrated electrons have been produced and studied in quaternary microemulsion (sodium lauryl sulfate (NaLS)/water/cyclohexane/1-pentanol) system. Remarkably high lifetimes ( approximately 20 &mgr;s) for hydrated electrons have been obtained. In general, these are two orders of magnitude higher than those reported earlier in reverse micelles. The water droplet sizes and location of the probes have been determined from the decay kinetics of hydrated electrons. The yields and half-lives (t 1/2 ) of the hydrated electrons vary smoothly as the water droplet sizes are changed. We believe that these studies will be useful not only in interpreting electron transfer reactions occurring in small water pockets in biological systems but also in the production of metal nanoclusters by radiation chemical method. PMID:9241228

  10. [Preparation of self-microemulsion drug delivery system of the mixture of paeonol and borneol based on Xingbi Fang].

    PubMed

    Lü, Feng-Qin; Li, Huang; Xu, Wei; Zhang, Xun; Huang, Ming-Qing; Zheng, Jian; Chu, Ke-Dan

    2013-10-01

    The aim of this study is to prepare self-microemulsifying drug delivery system (SMEDDS) of the mixture of paeonol (Pae) and borneol (Bor). Solubility test, ternary phase diagrams and simplex lattice method were employed to screen and optimize the formulation of the mixture of Pae and Bor-loaded SMEDDS. After formed into microemulsions, the particle diameter (PD) was determined and a TEM was employed to observe the microemulsions' morphology. The contents of Pae and Bor were determined by gas chromatography. As a result, while ethyl oleate (EO) as the oil phase, cremophor EL35 (EL35) as surfactant and Transcutol HP (HP) as cosurfactant, the range of the microemulsion on the ternary phase diagram was larger than other combinations. And at a ratio of 20:45:35, the microemulsions' PD was about 34 nm and the polydispersity index (PI) was about 0.2. There were 16% of Pae, 2% of Bor, 16% of EO, 37% of EL35 and 29% of HP in the prepared SMEDDS. The preparation process of the Pae and Bor-loaded SMEDDS based on Xingbi Fang is simple and feasible. This study provides a reference for the researches on the related traditional Chinese medicine and the related components. PMID:24417089

  11. Microemulsions in technical processes

    SciTech Connect

    Schwuger, M.J.; Stickdorn, K.; Schomaecker, R.

    1995-06-01

    The aim of this review is to present once again the basic properties of microemulsions and to relate them to some already established applications and also to show further potential fields of application. This review will survey this area, focusing mainly on the last decade. Earlier publications on the technical relevance of microemulsions and reverse micelles were reviewed by Langevin in 1982. The most important properties of these systems, which are of significance for technical applications, will be described. The applications discussed are: enhanced oil recovery; liquid-liquid extraction; extraction from chemically contaminated soils; lubricants and cutting oils; pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; washing; impregnation and textile finishing; and chemical reactions in microemulsions. 143 refs.

  12. Conductivity in nonpolar media: experimental and numerical studies on sodium AOT-hexadecane, lecithin-hexadecane and aluminum(III)-3,5-diisopropyl salicylate-hexadecane systems.

    PubMed

    Schmidt, Jochen; Prignitz, Rodolphe; Peschka, Dirk; Münch, Andreas; Wagner, Barbara; Bänsch, Eberhard; Peukert, Wolfgang

    2012-11-15

    The conductivity behavior of doped hydrocarbon systems is studied by applying impedance spectroscopy. In the case of 3,5-diisopropyl salicylato aluminum (III) the charge carriers are formed by dissociation of the compound and their concentration is proportional to the square root of the solute concentration. In hydrocarbon systems that consist of micelle forming compounds (sodium AOT/ lecithin) a linear dependence of charge carrier concentration on solute concentration is observed in the concentration regime where micelles are present. The conduction mechanisms are studied by numerical solution of a Poisson-Nernst-Planck system that describes the charge transport. We follow two different approaches to extract the degree of micelle dissociation from the impedance data. Firstly, by computing the response of a linear approximation of the Poisson-Nernst-Planck model, and secondly by computing the fully nonlinear response from direct numerical simulations using finite elements. For high and moderate frequencies both approaches agree very well with the experimental data. For small frequencies the response becomes nonlinear and the concept of impedance fails. Furthermore, the numerically computed values for the degree of dissociation are of the same order of magnitude as the values obtained with classical formulas, but still differ by a factor of about 1/3. The direct numerical simulation allows new insight into the conduction mechanisms for different frequency regimes. PMID:22925119

  13. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic study on microemulsion systems of alkali metal salts of 2-ethylhexyl phosphonic acid mono 2-ethylhexyl ester

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhou, Weijin; Shi, Nai; Xu, Zhen-hua; Wu, JinGuang

    1994-01-01

    There has recently been a growing interest in the reverse micelle and microemulsion formation in the solvent extraction process. In our previous papers, the formation of W/O type microemulsions in the organic phase of sodium or potassium salt of 2-ethylhexyl phosphonic acid mono 2-ethylhexyl ester was investigated by using the subtraction technique on FTIR. In this paper, the conductance and the FTIR spectroscopic study on the microemulsion systems of Li, Na, and K salts of this acidic extractant was reported.

  14. Temperature and Pressure Effects on the Bending Modulus of Monolayers in a Ternary Microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kawabata, Y.; Nagao, M.; Seto, H.; Komura, S.; Takeda, T.; Schwahn, D.; Yamada, N. L.; Nobutou, H.

    2004-02-01

    We performed small-angle neutron scattering and neutron spin echo experiments on a ternary microemulsion composed of ionic surfactant AOT, water, and decane. Thermal fluctuations of monolayers have been investigated as a function of temperature and pressure. The amphiphilic monolayers become more flexible with increasing temperature and more rigid with increasing pressure. These results are consistent with the microscopic picture that the head-head repulsion of the AOT molecules is enhanced at high temperature while an attractive interaction between the hydrophobic tails of the AOT molecules increases at high pressure.

  15. Size Dependent Ultrafast Cooling of Water Droplets in Microemulsions by Picosecond Infrared Spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Seifert, G.; Patzlaff, T.; Graener, H.

    2002-04-01

    The ultrafast thermal relaxation of reversed micelles in n-octane/AOT/water (where AOT denotes sodium di-2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate) microemulsions was investigated by time-resolved infrared pump-probe spectroscopy. This picosecond cooling process can be described in terms of heat diffusion, demonstrating a new method to determine the nanometer radii of the water droplets. The reverse micelles are stable against transient temperatures far above the equilibrium stability range. The amphiphilic interface layer (AOT) seems to provide an efficient heat contact between the water and the nonpolar solvent.

  16. Hardware and software system for automatic microemulsion assay evaluation by analysis of optical properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Maeder, Ulf; Schmidts, Thomas; Burg, Jan-Michael; Heverhagen, Johannes T.; Runkel, Frank; Fiebich, Martin

    2010-03-01

    A new hardware device called Microemulsion Analyzer (MEA), which facilitates the preparation and evaluation of microemulsions, was developed. Microemulsions, consisting of three phases (oil, surfactant and water) and prepared on deep well plates according to the PDMPD method can be automatically evaluated by means of the optical properties. The ratio of ingredients to form a microemulsion strongly depends on the properties and the amounts of the used ingredients. A microemulsion assay is set up on deep well plates to determine these ratios. The optical properties of the ingredients change from turbid to transparent as soon as a microemulsion is formed. The MEA contains a frame and an imageprocessing and analysis algorithm. The frame itself consists of aluminum, an electro luminescent foil (ELF) and a camera. As the frame keeps the well plate at the correct position and angle, the ELF provides constant illumination of the plate from below. The camera provides an image that is processed by the algorithm to automatically evaluate the turbidity in the wells. Using the determined parameters, a phase diagram is created that visualizes the information. This build-up can be used to analyze microemulsion assays and to get results in a standardized way. In addition, it is possible to perform stability tests of the assay by creating special differential stability diagrams after a period of time.

  17. Dielectric depolarisation and concerted collective dynamics in AOT reverse micelles with and without ubiquitin.

    PubMed

    Schmollngruber, Michael; Braun, Daniel; Oser, Daniel; Steinhauser, Othmar

    2016-02-01

    In this computational study we present molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of reverse micelles, i.e. nano-scale water pools encapsulated by sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) and dissolved in isooctane. Although consisting of highly polar components, such micro-emulsions exhibit surprisingly low dielectric permittivity, both static and frequency-dependent. This finding is well supported by experimental dielectric measurements. Furthermore, the computational dielectric spectra of reverse micelles with and without the polar protein ubiquitin are almost identical. A detailed component analysis of our simulated systems reveals the underlying mechanism of the observed dielectric depolarisation. While each component by itself would make a remarkable contribution to the static dielectric permittivity, mutual compensation leads to the observed marginal net result. This compensatory behavior is maintained for all but the highest frequencies. Dielectric model theory adapted to the peculiarities of reverse micelles provides an explanation: embedding a system in a cavity engulfed by a low dielectric medium automatically leads to depolarization. In this sense experiment, simulation and theory are in accordance. PMID:26751837

  18. Fourier transform infrared study on microemulsion system of potassium salt of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphinic acid (HA)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhou, Weijin; Shi, Nai; Wang, Yi; Chang, Zhiyuan; Wu, JinGuang

    1994-01-01

    To study microemulsion formation in a solvent extraction system is to probe into some basic principles of extraction chemistry in the light of combining extraction chemistry with surface chemistry. In our previous investigations, the microemulsions of the salts of HDEHP and PC88A have been studied systematically by FT-IR. In the experiment, we observed the change of peak positions and intensities of P equals O, P-O-C and P-O-H groups during saponification and hydration, and discovered that the peak of P-O-C splits apart into 1045 and 1075 cm-1. The vibration frequency of the P-O-C group in HDEHP and PC88A is quite close to the symmetric stretching frequency of the POO- group, and thus causes difficulties in the study of their peak position and absorbance variation. For this reason we synthesized bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphinic acid without the P-O-C group. Infrared spectra in the range of 800 - 4000 cm-1 of this microemulsion system was studied.

  19. FT-IR and dielectric study of water/AOT liquid crystals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Calandra, P.; Caponetti, E.; Chillura Martino, D.; D'Angelo, P.; Minore, A.; Turco Liveri, V.

    2000-04-01

    In order to explore the influence of microwave radiation on highly viscous microheterogeneous systems, the evolution of structural and dynamical properties of the water/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) liquid crystals as a function of the molar ratio R ( R=[water]/[AOT]) has been investigated by FT-IR spectroscopy and time domain reflectometry. The study emphasises how the progressive hydration of the surfactant head groups is mainly responsible for the structural and dynamical evolution of water/AOT liquid crystals. In particular, it has been found that the state of water at lower R values is strongly perturbed, bulk-like water appears only at R>23 and the water/AOT interface polarisation is controlled by the fast translational dynamics of sodium counterions and the slow orientational dynamics of the AOT ionic head groups.

  20. Evaluation of Microemulsion and Lamellar Liquid Crystalline Systems for Transdermal Zidovudine Delivery.

    PubMed

    Carvalho, André Luis Menezes; Silva, José Alexsandro da; Lira, Ana Amélia Moreira; Conceição, Tamara Matos Freire; Nunes, Rogéria de Souza; de Albuquerque Junior, Ricardo Luiz Cavalcanti; Sarmento, Victor Hugo Vitorino; Leal, Leila Bastos; de Santana, Davi Pereira

    2016-07-01

    This study proposed to investigate and to compare colloidal carrier systems containing Zidovudine (3'-azido-3'-deoxythymidine) (AZT) for transdermal administration and optimization of antiretroviral therapy. Microemulsion (ME) and lamellar phase (LP) liquid crystal were obtained and selected from pseudoternary diagrams previously developed. Small-angle X-ray scattering and rheology analysis confirmed the presence of typical ME and liquid crystalline structures with lamellar arrangement, respectively. Both colloidal carrier systems, ME, and LP remained stable, homogeneous, and isotropic after AZT addition. In vitro permeation study (using pig ear skin) showed that the amount of permeated drug was higher for ME compared to the control and LP, obtaining a permeation enhancing effect on the order of approximately 2-fold (p < 0.05). Microscopic examination after in vivo skin irritation studies using mice suggested few histological changes in the skin of animals treated with the ME compared to the control group (hydrogel). Thus, ME proved to be adequate and have promising effects, being able to promote the drug permeation without causing apparent skin irritation. On the order hand, LP functioned as a drug reservoir reducing AZT partitioning into the skin. PMID:27220471

  1. Reactions in microemulsion formed by sodium dodecyl sulfate, water, and hexanol

    SciTech Connect

    Valaulikar, B.S. . Chemistry Div.)

    1993-11-01

    The reactions, oxidation of iodide by persulfate and basic hydrolysis of crystal violet, were investigated in the w/o microemulsion formed by sodium dodecyl sulfate, water, and hexanol. The second order rate constants were measured as a function of emulsion formed by sodium dodecyl sulfate, water, and hexanol. The second order rate constants were measured as a function of water to surfactant molar ratio and hexanol content. The increased rates were attributed to the smaller droplet size of the water pools. The rates are shown to be controlled by the water content as well as the hexanol content. It is shown that the manner in which the rate is affected applies to the catalyzed as well as the retarded reactions. This system is shown to be more effective than the AOT/water/decane system.

  2. Nonlinear effects of electric fields in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction dissolved in a microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dähmlow, Patricia; Müller, Stefan C.

    2015-04-01

    Labyrinth-like Turing patterns are investigated under the influence of an electric field. The patterns form in the ferroin-catalyzed Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction embedded in the sodium-bis (2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) water-in-oil microemulsion. For two different values of the droplet fraction above and below the percolation transition of the system, the electric field induced drift of the patterns is different. Above the percolation transition, a linear increase of the drift velocity with increasing electric field strength is found. However, below the percolation transition, this increase shows an exponential behavior. The patterns are also observed to reorient under high electrical field strength, such that they are arranged perpendicular with respect to the field lines.

  3. Preparation of ZnSe Nanocrystals Using Water-in-Oil Microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, Hyun Soo; Kim, Jong Sung; Park, Sang Joon

    2010-06-01

    ZnSe nanocrystals were prepared using a safe and simple synthetic method by employing a sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/water/oil microemulsion system with aqueous ZnSO4 and Se2- solutions, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). To control the diameter of nanocrystals in the quantum confinement region, the synthesis was performed with different oil phases (heptane and cyclohexane) and various water-to-surfactant ratios, W ([H2O]/[surfactant]). Cubic zinc blende ZnSe nanocrystals were synthesized and their size was controlled in the range from 2.5 to 17 nm. The maximum PL efficiency was 14% for the smallest ZnSe nanocrystal.

  4. Nonlinear effects of electric fields in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction dissolved in a microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Dähmlow, Patricia; Müller, Stefan C

    2015-04-01

    Labyrinth-like Turing patterns are investigated under the influence of an electric field. The patterns form in the ferroin-catalyzed Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction embedded in the sodium-bis (2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) water-in-oil microemulsion. For two different values of the droplet fraction above and below the percolation transition of the system, the electric field induced drift of the patterns is different. Above the percolation transition, a linear increase of the drift velocity with increasing electric field strength is found. However, below the percolation transition, this increase shows an exponential behavior. The patterns are also observed to reorient under high electrical field strength, such that they are arranged perpendicular with respect to the field lines. PMID:25933665

  5. TOPICAL REVIEW: Mesoscale structures in microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Komura, S.

    2007-11-01

    Due to the existence of intermediate mesoscopic internal structures, soft matter exhibits various fascinating non-linear and non-equilibrium phenomena. In this review article, we focus on microemulsions consisting of water, oil, and surfactant from the viewpoint of soft matter physics. Microemulsions exhibit a rich phase behavior as the composition and/or the temperature is varied. In the middle phase, oil and water mix in the presence of surfactant molecules to form a mesoscopic bicontinuous structure. To explain the complex behavior of microemulsions, it is useful to employ phenomenological approaches such as the Ginzburg-Landau theory or the membrane theory. We discuss the Ginzburg-Landau theory and also review the Teubner-Strey model, the Gompper-Schick model, and the two-order-parameter model. Based on these models, we discuss the structure of the middle phase and its wetting transition. The membrane theory proposed by Helfrich is also useful for describing the physical properties of microemulsions. Various structures in microemulsions, such as droplets, bicontinuous and network structures, are properly accounted for by the curvature elasticity model. We focus on the Exxon model which clarifies the physical origin of the middle phase. Within the phenomenological level of description, we review the dynamical aspects of droplet and bicontinuous microemulsions. We also give an overview of microemulsions found in multicomponent polymeric systems (polymeric microemulsions). A discussion on recent applications of microemulsions completes the review.

  6. Influence of microemulsion structure on cystine reactivity with keratin fibres.

    PubMed

    Solans, C; Parra, J L; Erra, P; Azemar, N; Clausse, M; Touraud, D

    1987-10-01

    Summary The activity of thioglycolic acid, incorporated in a microemulsion, towards cystine residues present in keratin proteins has been investigated. In an attempt to relate the structural state of the microemulsions to cystine reactivity, an appropriate model system showing a large microemulsion domain with diverse structures was chosen. The realm of preferentially hydrocarbon-continuous microemulsion-type media was found to induce the highest activity. PMID:19456980

  7. Pressure-induced protein unfolding in the ternary system AOT-octane-water is different from that in bulk water.

    PubMed

    Meersman, Filip; Dirix, Carolien; Shipovskov, Stepan; Klyachko, Natalia L; Heremans, Karel

    2005-04-12

    In a cellular environment, the presence of macromolecular cosolutes and membrane interfaces can influence the folding-unfolding behavior of proteins. Here we report on the pressure stability of alpha-chymotrypsin in the ternary system bis(2-ethylhexyl)sodium sulfosuccinate-octane-water using FTIR spectroscopy. The ternary system forms anionic reverse micelles which mimic cellular conditions. We find that inclusion of a single protein molecule in a reverse micelle does not alter its conformation. When pressurized in bulk water, alpha-chymotrypsin unfolds at 750 MPa into a partially unfolded structure. In contrast, in the ternary system, the same pressure increase induces a random coil-like unfolded state, which collapses into an amorphous aggregate during the decompression phase. It is suggested that the unfolding pathway is different in a cell-mimicking environment due to the combined effect of multiple factors, including confinement. A phase transition of the reverse micellar to the lamellar phase is thought to be essential to provide the conditions required for unfolding and aggregation, though the unfolding is not a direct result of the phase transition. Our observations therefore suggest that membranes may cause the formation of alternative conformations that are more susceptible to aggregation. PMID:15807607

  8. Phospholipid structured microemulsion as effective carrier system with potential in methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) involved burn wound infection.

    PubMed

    Chhibber, Tanya; Wadhwa, Sheetu; Chadha, Parul; Sharma, Gajanand; Katare, Om Prakash

    2015-12-01

    Burn wounds are foremost site for bacterial colonization and multiplication. Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most predominant pathogen found in burn wounds. Fusidic acid (FA) is widely employed in the treatment of complicated skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Hence, the aim of this study was to investigate the usefulness and efficacy of topical FA (2% w/w) loaded biocompatible microemulsion-based-system (FA-ME) in eradicating MSSA bacterial infections which otherwise was less effective when dealt with conventional formulations. For construction of pseudoternary phase diagram, ratio of oil (IPM):water:Smix is 20:30:50% w/w and proportion of Smix (Phospholipid:Tween 80 (T80):Ethanol) is in the ratio of 1:2:1, respectively. The hypothesis relates here to the role of phospholipids as part of the nano-scale structure of microemulsion systems to overcome the hurdles of drug delivery. The prepared FA-ME system was evaluated for its therapeutic efficacy and carrier-specific characteristics such as globule size, % transmittance, transmission electron microscopy, drug content and stability. Selected microemulsion system was incorporated into gel form and evaluated for texture analysis, drug permeation in 24 h and treatment of burn wounds. Burn wound infection was established with MSSA ATCC 25923 in BALB/c mice and the process of wound healing as well as bacterial loading in the wound was estimated. The developed nanosized FA-ME system demonstrated improved wound healing, better spreadability and enhanced therapeutic efficacy due to the changes in the behavior of the drug molecules by way of carrier-characteristics. PMID:26004269

  9. Preparation of starch nanoparticles in water in oil microemulsion system and their drug delivery properties.

    PubMed

    Wang, Xinge; Chen, Haiming; Luo, Zhigang; Fu, Xiong

    2016-03-15

    In this research, 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide C16mimBr/butan-1-ol/cyclohexane/water ionic liquid microemulsion was prepared. The effects of n-alkyl alcohols, alkanes, water content and temperature on the properties of microemulsion were studied by dilution experiment. The microregion of microemulsion was identified by pseudo-ternary phase diagram and conductivity measurement. Then starch nanoparticles were prepared by water in oil (W/O) microemulsion-cross-linking methods with C16mimBr as surfactant. Starch nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 94.3nm and narrow size distribution (SD=3.3) were confirmed by dynamic light scattering (DLS). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) data revealed that starch nanoparticles were spherical granules with the size about 60nm. Moreover the results of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) demonstrated the formation of cross-linking bonds in starch molecules. Finally, the drug loading and releasing properties of starch nanoparticles were investigated with methylene blue (MB) as drug model. This work may provide an efficient pathway to synthesis starch nanoparticles. PMID:26794752

  10. USPIO assisting degradation of MXC by host/guest-type immobilized laccase in AOT reverse micelle system.

    PubMed

    Yang, Yu-Xiang; Pi, Na; Zhang, Jian-Bo; Huang, Yan; Yao, Ping-Ping; Xi, Yan-Jie; Yuan, Hong-Ming

    2016-07-01

    The laccase and ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (USPIO) have been assembled inside the tubular mesoporous silica via co-adsorption technology to prepare host/guest-type immobilized laccase, which is applied to degrade methoxychlor (MXC) in aqueous and reverse micelle environments. The effects of various parameters on degradation of MXC were studied. Under the optimum conditions, the degradation rate could reach maximum value of 45.6 % and remain at 20.8 % after seven cycles. Moreover, the addition of small molecular compound 2, 2'-azinobis-(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulphonate) to the system could greatly improve the degradation efficiency. The MXC degradation process is a first-order reaction, and the activation energy of MXC degradation catalyzed by immobilized laccase (41.46 kJ mol(-1)) is relatively lower than that catalyzed by free laccase (44.91 kJ mol(-1)). Based on the degradation products measured by gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), the degradation mechanism of MXC has also been proposed. PMID:27023821

  11. Liquid-crystalline and microemulsion phase behavior in alcohol-free aerosol-OT/oil/brine systems

    SciTech Connect

    Ghosh, O.; Miller, C.A.

    1987-08-13

    The phase behavior of systems containing the pure anionic surfactant Aerosol OT or sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate was studied as a function of salt concentration, surfactant concentration, alkane carbon number, and water-to-oil ratio. Since the hydrophilic and lipophilic properties of Aerosol OT are nearly balanced, the surfactant forms microemulsions with water and oil in the absence of cosurfactant, allowing for simplified representation of phase behavior. In particular, this property aided in the understanding of transitions between the aqueous surfactant phase behavior and the well-studied oil-rich microemulsion regime. With the addition of salt to dilute alcohol-free surfactant-water mixtures, transitions in the liquid-crystalline phases similar to those seen previously for systems containing petroleum sulfonates and other anionic surfactants with alcohol cosurfactants were found. When hydrocarbons of various chain lengths were equilibrated with the aqueous surfactant solutions, again behavior similar to that of anionic surfactants with alcohol cosurfactants was observed. Pseudoternary diagrams of surfactant-brine-oil were constructed at various brine salinities with n-dodecane as the oil. The assumption that brine acts as a pseudocomponent was found to work best at salinities well below and well above the optimum and at low surfactant concentrations. In any case, the results provide extensive information on phase behavior of a four-component system containing a pure anionic surfactant, a pure hydrocarbon, and sodium chloride brine over a region of considerable interest for enhanced oil recovery and other applications.

  12. Pore Scale Dynamics of Microemulsion Formation.

    PubMed

    Unsal, Evren; Broens, Marc; Armstrong, Ryan T

    2016-07-19

    Experiments in various porous media have shown that multiple parameters come into play when an oleic phase is displaced by an aqueous solution of surfactant. In general, the displacement efficiency is improved when the fluids become quasi-miscible. Understanding the phase behavior oil/water/surfactant systems is important because microemulsion has the ability to generate ultralow interfacial tension (<10(-2) mN m(-1)) that is required for miscibility to occur. Many studies focus on microemulsion formation and the resulting properties under equilibrium conditions. However, the majority of applications where microemulsion is present also involve flow, which has received relatively less attention. It is commonly assumed that the characteristics of an oil/water/surfactant system under flowing conditions are identical to the one under equilibrium conditions. Here, we show that this is not necessarily the case. We studied the equilibrium phase behavior of a model system consisting of n-decane and an aqueous solution of olefin sulfonate surfactant, which has practical applications for enhanced oil recovery. The salt content of the aqueous solution was varied to provide a range of different microemulsion compositions and oil-water interfacial tensions. We then performed microfluidic flow experiments to study the dynamic in situ formation of microemulsion by coinjecting bulk fluids of n-decane and surfactant solution into a T-junction capillary geometry. A solvatochromatic fluorescent dye was used to obtain spatially resolved compositional information. In this way, we visualized the microemulsion formation and the flow of it along with the excess phases. A complex interaction between the flow patterns and the microemulsion properties was observed. The formation of microemulsion influenced the flow regimes, and the flow regimes affected the characteristics of the microemulsion formation. In particular, at low flow rates, slug flow was observed, which had profound

  13. Ionic liquid tunes microemulsion curvature.

    PubMed

    Liu, Liping; Bauduin, Pierre; Zemb, Thomas; Eastoe, Julian; Hao, Jingcheng

    2009-02-17

    Middle-phase microemulsions formed from cationic dioctadecyldimethylammonium chloride (DODMAC), anionic sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS), n-butanol, and n-heptane were studied. An ionic liquid (IL), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF4]), was employed as the electrolyte in the aqueous media instead of inorganic salts usually used in microemulsion formulation. Studies have been carried out as a function of the concentrations of [bmim][BF4], n-butanol, total surfactant (cDODMAC+SDS), and temperature on the phase behavior and the ultralow interfacial tensions in which the anionic component is present in excess in the catanionic film. Ultralow interfacial tension measurements confirmed the formation of middle-phase microemulsions and the necessary conditions for stabilizing middle-phase microemulsions. Electrical conductivity, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments were also performed, indicating that the typical heptane domain size has an average radius of 360 A and the ionic liquid induces softening of the charged catanionic film. Most interestingly, the IL concentration (cIL) is shown to act as an effective interfacial curvature-control parameter, representing a new approach to tuning the formulation of microemulsions and emulsions. The results expand the potential uses of ILs but also point to the design of new ILs that may achieve superefficient control over interfacial and self-assembly systems. PMID:19161325

  14. Gelled polymerizable microemulsions. 2. Microstructure.

    PubMed

    Stubenrauch, Cosima; Tessendorf, Renate; Salvati, Anna; Topgaard, Daniel; Sottmann, Thomas; Strey, Reinhard; Lynch, Iseult

    2008-08-19

    Using bicontinuous microemulsions as templates opens a new field for the design of novel structures and thus novel materials, but has significant challenges due to the very small composition and temperature windows in which microemulsions are bicontinuous. In previous work we had shown that we can take a ternary base system (water-n-dodecane--C 13/15E 5), add monomer and cross-linker ( N-isopropylacrylamide and N, N'-methylenebisacrylamide) to the water phase, and add a gelator (12-hydroxyoctadecanoic acid) to the oil phase while remaining in the one-phase region of the phase diagram. It was also possible to allow the gelator to form an organogel by changing the temperature such that we crossed the sol--gel line, which fell within the one-phase region. In this work, we show conclusively that addition of the monomers and the gelator does not affect the microemulsion microstructure and that, even in the gelled state, the polymerizable microemulsion is indeed bicontinuous. 1H NMR self-diffusion, conductivity, and small-angle neutron scattering measurements all confirm the bicontinuous nature of the gelled polymerizable microemulsion. PMID:18558728

  15. Preparation of silica-encapsulated ZnSe nanocrystals by mixed surfactant microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Liu, Kang; Ma, Sung Jin; Kim, Ji Hyeon; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Park, Sang Joon

    2013-11-01

    Silica-encapsulated ZnSe nanocrystals (NCs) have been prepared by employing sodium (2-ethylhexyl)sulfonate (AOT)/water/cyclohexane microemulsions containing ZnSe quantum dots with polyoxyethylenenonylphenylether (NP5)/water/cyclohexane microemulsions containing tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS). Size tunable silica nanoparticles were achieved by using various water-to-surfactant ratios, W ([H2O]/[surfactant]). In order to characterize as-synthesized nanocrystals, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) were employed. Cubic zinc blende quantum dots (QDs) (2.5 nm in diameter) were successfully encapsulated by silica nanoparticles (14.3-28.9 nm in diameter). The enhanced photoluminescence efficiency about 10% has been observed when compared with the results from the similar work using AOT microemulsions. The entire size of the silica-encapsulated nanocrystals increased with increasing W, then decreased slightly when free water exists in the core of the NP5/AOT microemulsion. On the other hand, the ZnSe NCs in the silica did not change their size during the synthesis. In addition, the possible mechanisms for growth of silica particles and the kinetics of silica particles formation were discussed. PMID:24245247

  16. Stability and disperse composition of water-in-oil microemulsions in a tributyl phosphate-nitric acid system

    SciTech Connect

    Vinogradov, I.V.; Zakharkin, V.S.; Shepel'kov, S.V.

    1988-05-01

    An investigation has been made of the influence of the concentrations of tributyl phosphate (TBP) and nitric acid on the surface and bulk distribution, the stability, and the disperse composition of water-in-oil microemulsions. A correlation has been established between the interphase tension and the time for complete stratification of the microemulsions. The process of forming stable microemulsions is interpreted on the basis of views on the surfactant properties of TBP hydratosolvates.

  17. Isomeric and concentration effects of C4-cosurfactants on four-component microemulsions investigated by neutron spin-echo and small-angle scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zambrano, E.; Kotlarchyk, M.; Langner, A.; Faraone, A.

    2006-09-01

    Neutron spin-echo spectroscopy and small-angle scattering measurements were performed to determine how the isomeric structure and concentration of C4-cosurfactants (i.e. butyl alcohols) influence structure and dynamics in four-component water-in-oil microemulsions. The system investigated was AOT/butanol/water/n-octane at room temperature (AOT denotes sodium di-2-ethyl hexylsulfosuccinate), deuterated to achieve contrast of the surfactant/cosurfactant film. At a fixed volume fraction of 0.06 and a fixed molar ratio of [water]/[AOT] = 20, we studied the effects of increasing the molar ratio of [butanol]/[AOT] from 0 to 30. Data from samples containing the cosurfactant n-butyl alcohol were compared with samples prepared with tert-butyl alcohol and, in a few cases, sec-butyl alcohol. Data were analysed using a core-shell model for polydisperse spherical droplets, allowing for the presence of shape fluctuations. It was found that all structural isomers of the cosurfactant led to a similar decrease in droplet size with increasing alcohol content. In all cases, droplet size and shape fluctuations were observed to increase with alcohol content; however, the effect was most pronounced for size fluctuations (i.e. polydispersity) in the presence of tert-butanol. The data indicates that tert-butanol has a higher degree of penetration into the water core, leading to a reduced influence on the effective area per surfactant head group on the droplet surface. There is also evidence that an increased droplet-droplet attraction upon adding tert-butanol drives phase separation in the system.

  18. Enthalpies of solution and volumes of water in reversed AOT micelles

    SciTech Connect

    D'Aprano, A.; Lizzio, A.; Liveri, V.T.

    1987-08-27

    Molar enthalpies of solution and apparent molar volumes of water in the sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/n-heptane system as a function of the molar ratio R = (water)/(AOT) were determined at 25 /sup 0/C. The dependence of these experimental data on R has been rationalized in terms of a semiempirical model based on water partitioning between two states. The positive enthalpies of solution of water indicate that the insertion of water in reversed AOT micelles (unfavorable from an enthalpic point of view) is mainly driven by a favorable change on entropy. An increase of the maximum number of water molecules solvating AOT with increasing concentration of surfactant has also been observed and discussed.

  19. Intramolecular charge transfer reaction, polarity, and dielectric relaxation in AOT/water/heptane reverse micelles: pool size dependence.

    PubMed

    Biswas, Ranjit; Rohman, Nashiour; Pradhan, Tuhin; Buchner, Richard

    2008-08-01

    Intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) reaction in a newly synthesized molecule, of 4-(1-morpholenyl) benzonitrile (M6C), in AOT/water/heptane reverse micelles at different pool sizes has been studied by using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence emission spectroscopy. The pool size dependences of the reaction equilibrium constant and reaction rate have been explained in terms of the average polarity of the confined solvent pools estimated from the fluorescence emission Stokes shift of a nonreactive probe, coumarin 153, dissolved in these microemulsions. The complex permittivity measurements in the frequency range 0.01microemulsions at different pool sizes (0AOT concentrations (0.1AOT headgroup and n-heptane. The reorientation of these interfacial water molecules is probably responsible for the nanosecond component observed in numerous polar solvation dynamics experiments in these reverse micelles. Subsequently, the estimated polarity and the measured reorientational time scale have been used to explain the dramatic slowing down of the ICT reaction rate and its dependence on pool size in these confined environments. PMID:18630864

  20. Pressure-induced structural phase transition of dense droplet microemulsions studied by small-angle x-ray scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Seto, Hideki; Nagao, Michihiro; Kawabata, Youhei; Takeda, Takayoshi

    2001-11-01

    A small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) study of dense water-in-oil droplet microemulsions composed of water, decane, and AOT [sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate] was performed in order to clarify phase behavior with applied pressure and the corresponding structural phase transitions. SAXS spectra were collected for pressures between ambient pressure (0.1 MPa) and 80 MPa and droplet volume fraction, φ, from 0.40 to 0.70. With increasing φ, the mean radius of droplets decreased slightly and polydispersity increased. With increasing pressure, the droplet structure transformed to a two-phase system with coexistence of lamellar and droplet structures, independent of the droplet volume fraction. These results suggest that, with increasing pressure, the increasing inter-droplet attractive force controls the pressure variation of the structure.

  1. Water-in-ionic liquid microemulsion formation in solvent mixture of aprotic and protic imidazolium-based ionic liquids.

    PubMed

    Kusano, Takumi; Fujii, Kenta; Hashimoto, Kei; Shibayama, Mitsuhiro

    2014-10-14

    We report that water-in-ionic liquid microemulsions (MEs) are stably formed in an organic solvent-free system, i.e., a mixture of aprotic (aIL) and protic (pIL) imidazolium-based ionic liquids (ILs) containing the anionic surfactant dioctyl sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT). Structural investigations using dynamic light, small-angle X-ray, and small-angle neutron scatterings were performed for MEs formed in mixtures of aprotic 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium ([C8mIm(+)]) and protic 1-alkylimidazolium ([CnImH(+)], n = 4 or 8) IL with a common anion, bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide ([TFSA(-)]). It was found that the ME structure strongly depends on the mixing composition of the aIL/pIL in the medium. The ME size appreciably increases with increasing pIL content in both [C8mIm(+)][TFSA(-)]/[C8ImH(+)][TFSA(-)] and [C8mIm(+)][TFSA(-)]/[C4ImH(+)][TFSA(-)] mixtures. The size is larger for the n = 8 system than that for the n = 4 system. These results indicate that the shell part of MEs is composed of both AOT and pIL cation, and the ME size can be tuned by pIL content in the aIL/pIL mixtures. PMID:25226398

  2. Preparation and evaluation of aceclofenac topical microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Ramesh Shah, Rohit; Shripal Magdum, Chandrakant; Shivagonda Patil, Shitalkumar; Shanawaj Niakwade, Nilofar

    2010-01-01

    A topical preparation containing aceclofenac was developed using an o/w microemulsion system. Isopropyl myristate was chosen as the oil phase as it showed a good solubilising capacity. Pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were used to obtain the concentration ranges of the oil, surfactant (Labrasol) and co-surfactant (plurol oleique) for microemulsion formation. Five different formulations were formulated with various amount of the oil (5-25%), water (10-50%), and the mixture of surfactant and co-surfactant at the ratio of 4 (45-65%). In vitro permeability of aceclofenac from the microemulsions was evaluated using Keshary Chien diffusion cells with 0.45-μm cellulose acetate membrane. The amount of the aceclofenac permeated was analyzed by HPLC and the droplet size and zeta potential of the microemulsions was determined using a Zetasizer Nano-ZS. The mean diameters of the microemulsion droplets approximately ranged between 154 - 434 nm, and the permeability of aceclofenac incorporated into the microemulsion systems was 3 folds higher than that of the marketed formulation. These results indicate that the microemulsion system studied is a promising tool for percutaneous delivery of aceclofenac. PMID:24363700

  3. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of azide and cyanate ion pairs in AOT reverse micelles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Owrutsky, Jeffrey C.; Pomfret, Michael B.; Barton, David J.; Kidwell, David A.

    2008-07-01

    Evidence for ion pair formation in aqueous bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles (RMs) was obtained from infrared spectra of azide and cyanate with Li+, Na+, K+, and NH4+ counterions. The anions' antisymmetric stretching bands near 2000 cm-1 are shifted to higher frequency (blueshifted) in LiAOT and to a lesser extent in NaAOT, but they are very similar to those in bulk water with K+ and NH4+ as the counterions. The shifts are largest for low values of wo=[water]/[AOT] and approach the bulk value with increasing wo. The blueshifts are attributed to ion pairing between the anions and the counterions. This interpretation is reinforced by the similar trend (Li+>Na+>K+) for producing contact ion pairs with the metal cations in bulk dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solutions. We find no evidence of ion pairs being formed in NH4AOT RMs, whereas ammonium does form ion pairs with azide and cyanate in bulk DMSO. Studies are also reported for the anions in formamide-containing AOT RMs, in which blueshifts and ion pair formation are observed more than in the aqueous RMs. Ion pairs are preferentially formed in confined RM systems, consistent with the well established ideas that RMs exhibit reduced polarity and a disrupted hydrogen bonding network compared to bulk water and that ion-specific effects are involved in mediating the structure of species at interfaces.

  4. Microemulsion-based drug delivery system for transnasal delivery of Carbamazepine: preliminary brain-targeting study.

    PubMed

    Patel, Rashmin Bharatbhai; Patel, Mrunali Rashmin; Bhatt, Kashyap K; Patel, Bharat G; Gaikwad, Rajiv V

    2016-01-01

    This study reports the development and evaluation of Carbamazepine (CMP)-loaded microemulsions (CMPME) for intranasal delivery in the treatment of epilepsy. The CMPME was prepared by the spontaneous emulsification method and characterized for physicochemical parameters. All formulations were radiolabeled with (99m)Tc (technetium) and biodistribution of CMP in the brain was investigated using Swiss albino rats. Brain scintigraphy imaging in rats was also performed to determine the uptake of the CMP into the brain. CMPME were found crystal clear and stable with average globule size of 34.11 ± 1.41 nm. (99m)Tc-labeled CMP solution (CMPS)/CMPME/CMP mucoadhesive microemulsion (CMPMME) were found to be stable and suitable for in vivo studies. Brain/blood ratio at all sampling points up to 8 h following intranasal administration of CMPMME compared to intravenous CMPME was found to be 2- to 3-fold higher signifying larger extent of distribution of the CMP in brain. Drug targeting efficiency and direct drug transport were found to be highest for CMPMME post-intranasal administration compared to intravenous CMP. Rat brain scintigraphy also demonstrated higher intranasal uptake of the CMP into the brain. This investigation demonstrates a prompt and larger extent of transport of CMP into the brain through intranasal CMPMME, which may prove beneficial for treatment of epilepsy. PMID:24825492

  5. Solubilization of water in water-in-oil microemulsions of kerosene

    SciTech Connect

    Andheria, A.P.; Bhagwat, S.S.

    1995-04-01

    The incorporation of water into fuels formulated as microemulsions can offer several advantages such as fire resistance, increased flash point, and improved air-fuel contact. To this end, phase equilibria of kerosene microemulsions employing ionic and nonionic surfactants such as sodium di-(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT), lauryl diethanolamide (LDEA), nonylphenol EO-4.5 (NPEO-4.5), sorbitan monolaurate (Span-20), and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), as well as cosurfactants such as n-pentanol, n-hexanol, and n-heptanol, were studied. The effect of the aromaticity of the oil phase on the solubilization of water was also investigated.

  6. Nose to brain microemulsion-based drug delivery system of rivastigmine: formulation and ex-vivo characterization.

    PubMed

    Shah, Brijesh M; Misra, Manju; Shishoo, Chamanlal J; Padh, Harish

    2015-01-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder leading to irreversible loss of neurons, cognition and formation of abnormal protein aggregates. Rivastigmine, a reversible cholinesterase inhibitor used for the treatment of AD, undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism, thus limiting its absolute bioavailability to only 36% after 3-mg dose. Due to extreme aqueous solubility, rivastigmine shows poor penetration and lesser concentration in the brain thus requiring frequent oral dosing. This investigation was aimed to formulate microemulsion (ME) and mucoadhesive microemulsions (MMEs) of rivastigmine for nose to brain delivery and to compare percentage drug diffused for both systems using in-vitro and ex-vivo study. Rivastigmine-loaded ME and MMEs were prepared by titration method and characterized for drug content, globule size distribution, zeta potential, pH, viscosity and nasal ciliotoxicity study. Rivastigmine-loaded ME system containing 8% w/w Capmul MCM EP, 44% w/w Labrasol:Transcutol-P (1:1) and 48% w/w distilled water was formulated, whereas 0.3% w/w chitosan (CH) and cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (as mucoadhesive agents) were used to formulate MMEs, respectively. ME and MMEs formulations were transparent with drug content, globule size and zeta potential in the range of 98.59% to 99.43%, 53.8 nm to 55.4 nm and -2.73 mV to 6.52 mV, respectively. MME containing 0.3% w/w CH followed Higuchi model (r(2) = 0.9773) and showed highest diffusion coefficient. It was free from nasal ciliotoxicity and stable for three months. However, the potential of developed CH-based MME for nose to brain delivery of rivastigmine can only be established after in-vivo and biodistribution study. PMID:24467601

  7. Correlation between AERONET AOT and VIIRS EDR AOT: A new EDR cell

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Molinie, J.; Henry, J. L.; Clement, J.; Euphrasie-Clotilde, L.; Brute, F. N.

    2015-12-01

    Every year, a huge mass of desert dusts lifted from Saharan and sub Saharan regions is injected over the Atlantic Ocean and bring to the Caribbean and the American continent. Guadeloupe a West Indies island, is affected by the presence of dusts particles which impact the air quality and acts on human health. The effect produced by the particles in the atmosphere can be observed by satellite. VIIRS is one the latest tools provided by NASA, to help scientific community to have a better understanding of aerosol behavior. In this job we try to found a link between ground measurement AOT and VIIRS data.In Guadeloupe, AOT measurements have been performed with sun photometer of AERONET network. We calculated AOT at 500 nm mean daily sun photometer data in order to compare them with AOT EDR 550 data computed by NOAA Aerosol calibration and validation team. Three AOT EDR cells, located over the ocean and close to the East coast of the island of have been chosen to evaluate the correlation between ground and satellite data. We obtained using data performed from May to December 2012, correlation coefficient range between 0.8 and 0.87. We observed numerous AOT EDR 550 have been computed with a number of IP pixel, nAOT very low. We proposed to used only cases with nAOT equal or higher than 10. The correlation coefficients improved and reached 0.9. However, those good results have been obtained with a day number reduced by almost 50 per cent.In order to keep a good correlation and a higher number of day we rebuilt a cell by merging two cells. We obtained a new cell with an AOT EDR value equal to the mean AOT EDR of the two parents' value and a nAOT the sum of the previous nAOTs. The results with the new nAOT equal of higher than 10 is, r =0.91 and we keep 75 per cent of the cases.

  8. Microemulsions as carriers for therapeutic molecules.

    PubMed

    Mehta, Surinder K; Kaur, Gurpreet

    2010-01-01

    The thrust for finding newer drug delivery systems for exiting therapeutic molecules has opened a wide window for colloidal systems. Due to the presence of different domains of variable polarity in the microemulsion systems, they show a huge potential to be used as drug delivery vehicles for a variety of drugs. The use of microemulsion as drug delivery vehicles through a number of routes has engaged a large number of research groups in this area. Microemulsion media finds several applications ranging from drug delivery to drug nanoparticle templating due to its ability to enhance solubility, stability and bioavailability. This review on patent articles recounts the patent literature dealing with different kind of microemulsion carriers used via different routes, solubility and permeability enhancement and its use as a template for nanoparticle synthesis. PMID:19807681

  9. Interfacial hydrodynamic instabilities driven by cross-diffusion in reverse microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Budroni, M. A.; Carballido-Landeira, J.; Intiso, A.; De Wit, A.; Rossi, F.

    2015-06-01

    When two microemulsions are put in contact in the gravity field along a horizontal contact line, cross-diffusion can trigger the transport of one species in the presence of a gradient in concentration of another species. We show here theoretically that such cross-diffusion effects can induce buoyancy-driven convective instabilities at the interface between two solutions of different compositions even when initially the less dense solution lies on top of the denser one. Two different sources of convective modes are identified depending whether positive or negative cross-diffusion is involved. We evidence the two predicted cross-diffusion driven instabilities experimentally using a two-layer stratification of Aerosol-OT (AOT) water-in-oil microemulsions solutions with different water or AOT composition.

  10. Sizing of reverse micelles in microemulsions using NMR measurements of diffusion.

    PubMed

    Law, Susan J; Britton, Melanie M

    2012-08-14

    This paper reports the size of reverse micelles (RMs) in AOT/octane/H(2)O and CTAB/hexanol/H(2)O microemulsions using magnetic resonance (MR) pulsed field gradient (PFG) measurements of diffusion. Diffusion data were measured using the pulsed gradient stimulated echo (PGSTE) experiment for surfactant molecules residing in the RM interface. Inverse Laplace transformation of these data generated diffusion coefficients for the RMs, which were converted into hydrodynamic radii using the Stokes-Einstein relation. This technique is complementary to those previously used to size RMs, such as dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), but also offers several advantages, which are discussed. RM sizes, determined using the PGSTE method, in the AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate) and CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) microemulsions were compared with previous DLS and SAXS data, showing good agreement. Methods for determining number distributions from the PGSTE data, through the use of scaling factors, were investigated. PMID:22794150

  11. Block-copolymer-induced structure formation in microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Hilfiker, R.; Eicke, H.F.; Steeb, C.; Hofmeier, U. )

    1991-02-07

    Transient electric birefringence measurements were performed on water/AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate)/isooctane microemulsions with various amounts of block-copoly(oxyethylene/isoprene/oxyethylene) added. The authors could show that addition of the copolymer leads to a formation of nanodroplet (ND)-copolymer-aggregates. The contributions of NDs and aggregates to the induced birefringence could easily be separated because the NDs exhibited a negative and the aggregates a positive induced birefringence and because the time scales corresponding to the two processes were different.

  12. Effect of alpha-lactalbumin on the phase behavior of AOT-brine-isooctane mixtures: role of charge interactions.

    PubMed

    Shimek, Justin W; Rohloff, Catherine M; Goldberg, Jessica; Dungan, Stephanie R

    2005-06-21

    We have found that both electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions are involved in the ability of the protein alpha-lactalbumin (alpha-LA) to affect the self-assembly of the anionic surfactant sodium bis(ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT, 3.5 wt %) in equivolume mixtures of organic and aqueous solutions. The composition and size of AOT phase structures that form in the presence of 0.35 wt % protein were evaluated as a function of pH and ionic strength. In the absence of protein, AOT forms water-in-oil microemulsion droplets for all pH and salt concentrations studied here. The presence of the protein in the water-in-oil microemulsion phase boosts water solubilization and droplet size, as the spontaneous curvature of the surfactant interface becomes less negative. Aggregates of protein, surfactant, and oil also form in the water-continuous phase. The size and composition of structures in both phases can be tuned in the presence of protein by varying the pH and ionic strength. alpha-LA induces the appearance of an anisotropic surfactant phase at pH <5.8. At intermediate salt concentrations, a third isotropic, viscous aqueous phase appears that contains 55-60% of the protein, 10-14% of the surfactant, and significant amounts of oil. Circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy indicate that the protein contains enhanced alpha-helical secondary structure when self-assembling with surfactant, and has a loosened tertiary structure. The protein does not interact with the surfactant as an unfolded random coil. Although the conformation of alpha-LA in aqueous salt solutions is known to depend on pH, when self-assembling with AOT the protein adopts a structure whose features are quite pH insensitive, and likely reflect an intrinsic interaction with the interface. PMID:15952844

  13. FT-IR Spectroscopic Evidence Of Phase Transition For NaA-ROH-Kerosine-H2O Microemulsion System Containing Nd3+ Ions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liao, Hua; Xu, Zhen-Hua; Shi, Nai; Wu, Jin-Guang; Xu, Guang-Xian

    1989-12-01

    In the previous investigation, the saponification of naphthenic acid extractant system has been proved to be a process of the formation of a microemulsion of 14/0 type, and its full extraction of rare earths is a process of destruction of the W/O microemulsion[1]. When NdCl3 is partially extracted with NaA (sodium naphthenate) secoctylalcohol-- kerosine-- water microemulsion system (ME), both the NdA3 and the NaA co-exist in the same organic phase. However,the formation mechanism of microemulsion containing neodymium has not been much studied. In this paper, 10 aliquots of fully saponificated extractants were equilibrated with various amounts of NdC13 solutions respectively, then ten organic phases with different extraction efficiencies of neodymium from 094 to 9094 were obtained. After extraction,the volume of neodymium containing organic phase increased by 5 to 4594, because of the transfer of water molecules. The appearance of these organic phase still remained clear and transparent. The average hydrodynamic radius of the drops were found to be 100-300 Angstrom by using light scattering techniques. The results give a direct evidence of the microemulsion formation in the organic phase. Their FT-IR spectra were measured with CaFa liquid cells utilizing a Nicolet 7199B FT-IR spectrometer. The presence of various amounts of water in the organic phases was clearly detected from the relative intensity changes of 1644 cm-I, which is assigned to the bending mode of 1110 molecules. Fig.1 shows the change of water contents to the percent extraction of neodymium. Comparsion with the FT-IR spectra, it is seen that the 1560 cm-1 peak of the full saponificated extractant is attributed to the asym. stretching vibration of COO''' group, it shifted to 1536 for 100% extration of Nd ions, indicating the formation of neodymium naphthenate (NdA ) from ionic sodium naphthenate. The sym. strethching vibration of COO''' located at 1406 cm-1, it shifted to 1408 cm in 45% Nd extration

  14. Reverse micelles and microemulsions in near-critical and supercritical fluids

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, R.D.; Fulton, J.L.; Blitz, J.P.; Tingey, J.M. )

    1990-01-25

    Reverse micelle and water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsion phases can be formed in near-critical and supercritical fluids, giving rise to uniquely pressure dependent phase behavior. The solvating power of reverse micelles formed from the surfactant sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in fluids with moderate critical temperatures (e.g., ethane, propane, or xenon) depends largely upon the water-to-surfactant ratio of the micelle phase (W{sub m}), which at large W{sub m} can approach that of bulk water. The maximum water-to-surfactant ratio (W{sub 0}), which defines the boundary between a one-phase and a two-phase fluid system (where a second, predominantly aqueous phase exists), is strongly pressure dependent. The physical size of a reverse micelle in one-phase AOT/H{sub 2}O systems at constant W{sub m} has been shown to be nearly independent of the continuous-phase identity and pressure. In contrast, the apparent hydrodynamic size increases dramatically as W{sub 0} is approached due to increased micelle-micelle attractive interactions (e.g., clustering). The maximum reverse micelle size (W{sub m} {proportional to} diameter) increases with pressure for fluids such as ethane and propane, approaching W{sub m} = 40, corresponding to a droplet size of {approximately} 17 nm. Significant micelle densities are obtained for two phase systems, even at relatively low pressure (< 100 bar). These systems can be used to efficiently extract hydrophilic substances, including proteins, from dilute aqueous solution with substantial selectivity without the need for any chemical change to the system.

  15. Interaction between morin and AOT reversed micelles--studies with UV-vis at 25 °C.

    PubMed

    Bhattarai, Ajaya; Wilczura-Wachnik, H

    2014-01-30

    The precise measurements of morin absorbance in presence of surfactant/solvent/water systems at 25 °C by UV-vis technique are reported. The surfactant used in presented study was sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate called Aerosol-OT or AOT. The solvents selected were: ethanol, ethylene glycol, and n-decanol. The concentrations of AOT were varied between 0.001 and 0.4 mol/kg. Morin concentration in quvette during UV-vis registration was not equals in all solvent because of its different solubility and absorption intensity depending on the solvent. Water concentration in the studied systems was defined by R parameter according to relation: R=[H2O]/[AOT] and was equal 0, 30 and 40 in ethanol; 0, 10, 20 and 30 in ethylene glycol and 0, 10, 20, 30, and 40 in n-decanol. In presented work a Nernstian distribution of morin between the organic and micellar phases was assumed. The intensity of morin absorbance as a function of AOT concentration was analyzed. Using Non-linear Regression Procedure (NLREG) morin binding constant (K' [mol/kg]), and morin distribution constant (K) between organic phase and AOT micellar phase have been calculated. The experimental results have shown a significant influence of solvent, surfactant and water presence on morin UV-vis spectrum. Calculated data pointed out on different transfer of morin molecules from the organic to micellar phase depending on the solvent. Moreover, results of calculations indicate on competition between morin and water molecules interacting with AOT polar heads. Morin molecules privileged location in AOT reversed micelles strongly depends on the solvent. In case of systems with ethylene glycol as solvent is possible morin molecules location in polar cores of AOT reversed micelles as results of strong interaction between AOT polar heads and morin hydroxyl groups, whereas in case of ethanol and n-decanol morin molecules are located in palisade layer. PMID:24239834

  16. Microregion detection of ionic liquid microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Gao, Yanan; Wang, Suqing; Zheng, Liqiang; Han, Shuaibing; Zhang, Xuan; Lu, Deming; Yu, Li; Ji, Yongqiang; Zhang, Gaoyong

    2006-09-15

    Nonaqueous ionic liquid (IL) microemulsion consisting of IL, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF(4)), surfactant TX-100, and toluene was prepared and the phase behavior of the ternary system was investigated. Electrical conductivity measurement was used for investigating the microregions of the nonaqueous IL microemulsions. On the basis of the percolation theory, the bmimBF(4)-in-toluene (IL/O), bicontinuous, and toluene-in-bmimBF(4) (O/IL) microregions of the microemulsions were successfully identified using insulative toluene as the titration phase. However, this method was invalid when conductive bmimBF(4) acted as the titration phase. The microregions obtained by conductivity measurements were further proved by electrochemical cyclic voltammetry experiments. The results indicated that the conductivity method was feasible for identifying microstructures of the nonaqueous IL microemulsions. PMID:16765365

  17. Risk-based evaluation of Allowed Outage Times (AOTs) considering risk of shutdown

    SciTech Connect

    Mankamo, T.; Kim, I.S.; Samanta, P.K.

    1992-12-31

    When safety systems fail during power operation, Technical Specifications (TS) usually limit the repair within Allowed Outage Time (AOT). If the repair cannot be completed within the AOT, or no AOT is allowed, the plant is required to be shut down for the repair. However, if the capability to remove decay heat is degraded, shutting down the plant with the need to operate the affected decay-heat removal systems may impose a substantial risk compared to continued power operation over a usual repair time. Thus, defining a proper AOT in such situations can be considered as a risk-comparison between the repair in frill power state with a temporarily increased level of risk, and the altemative of shutting down the plant for the repair in zero power state with a specific associated risk. The methodology of the risk-comparison approach, with a due consideration of the shutdown risk, has been further developed and applied to the AOT considerations of residual heat removal and standby service water systems of a boiling water reactor (BWR) plant. Based on the completed work, several improvements to the TS requirements for the systems studied can be suggested.

  18. Risk-based evaluation of Allowed Outage Times (AOTs) considering risk of shutdown

    SciTech Connect

    Mankamo, T. ); Kim, I.S.; Samanta, P.K. )

    1992-01-01

    When safety systems fail during power operation, Technical Specifications (TS) usually limit the repair within Allowed Outage Time (AOT). If the repair cannot be completed within the AOT, or no AOT is allowed, the plant is required to be shut down for the repair. However, if the capability to remove decay heat is degraded, shutting down the plant with the need to operate the affected decay-heat removal systems may impose a substantial risk compared to continued power operation over a usual repair time. Thus, defining a proper AOT in such situations can be considered as a risk-comparison between the repair in frill power state with a temporarily increased level of risk, and the altemative of shutting down the plant for the repair in zero power state with a specific associated risk. The methodology of the risk-comparison approach, with a due consideration of the shutdown risk, has been further developed and applied to the AOT considerations of residual heat removal and standby service water systems of a boiling water reactor (BWR) plant. Based on the completed work, several improvements to the TS requirements for the systems studied can be suggested.

  19. Kinetics of the oxidation of iodide ion by persulfate ion in the critical water/bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate/n-decane microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Yin, Handi; Du, Zhongyu; Zhao, Jihua; Shen, Weiguo

    2014-11-13

    In this work, we studied the kinetics of the oxidation of iodide ion by persulfate ion in the critical water/bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT)/n-decane microemulsions with the molar ratios of water to AOT being 35.0 and 40.8 via the microcalorimetry at various temperatures. It was found that the Arrhenius equation was valid for correlating experimental measurements in the noncritical region, but the slowing down effect existed significantly in the near critical region. We determined the values of the critical slowing down exponent and found it to be 0.187 ± 0.023 and 0.193 ± 0.032, respectively, which agreed well with the theoretical value of 0.207 predicted by the Griffiths-Wheeler rule for the singularity of the dimer/monomer droplet equilibrium in the critical AOT/water/n-decane microemulsions. PMID:25348218

  20. The application of artificial neural networks in the prediction of microemulsion phase boundaries in PEG-8 caprylic/capric glycerides based systems.

    PubMed

    Djekic, Ljiljana; Ibric, Svetlana; Primorac, Marija

    2008-09-01

    The objective of this study was to develop artificial neural network (ANN) model suitable to predict successfully the borders of the microemulsion region in the quaternary system PEG-8 caprylic/capric glycerides (Labrasol)/cosurfactant/isopropyl myristate/water, in order to minimise experimental effort. In our preliminary investigations of phase behaviour, two cosurfactants were used, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil (Cremophor) RH 40) and polyglyceryl-6 isostearate (Plurol Isostearique). Microemulsion existance area in pseudo-ternary phase diagrams was determined using titration method at constant: (a) oil-to-water ratio (alpha=50%, w/w); (b) surfactant-to-cosurfactant ratio (Km) 4:6; (c) Km 5:5; or (d) Km 6:4. It was found that the phase behaviour of systems involving polyoxyethylene type of cosurfactant depends significantly on oil-to-surfactant/cosurfactant mixture mass ratio (O/SCoS) but it is Km-independent. The formation of microemulsions in Labrasol/polyglyceryl-6 isostearate based systems was a complex function of Km and O/SCoS and there was employed a Generalized Regression Neural Network (GRNN) with four layers as a predictive mathematical model, using data obtained from the phase behaviour study (the surfactant concentration in surfactant/cosurfactant mixture (S, %, w/w), the oil concentration in the mixture with tensides (O, %, w/w) as two input variables, and the water solubilization limit (W(max), %, w/w) as output data). After network training, six independent pairs of input/output data were used for network testing. The resulting GRNN was tested statistically and found to be of quality predictive power. This results confirmed that the trained GRNN could be effective in predicting the size of the microemulsion area providing valuable tool in formulation of this type of colloidal vehicles. PMID:18571348

  1. Microemulsion-based organogels as matrices for lipase immobilization.

    PubMed

    Zoumpanioti, Maria; Stamatis, Haralambos; Xenakis, Aristotelis

    2010-01-01

    Organogels based on water-in-oil microemulsions can be formed using various natural polymers such as gelatin, agar or cellulose derivatives. Enzymes entrapped in the water core of the microemulsion can keep their activity and enhance their stability within the gel matrix. The importance of the microemulsion based organogels (MBGs) leans on their numerous potential biotechnological applications. An important example is the use of various lipase microemulsion systems for hydrolytic or synthetic reactions. In this review, several MBGs are being evaluated as immobilization matrices for various enzymes. The main subject focuses on the parameters that affect the use of MBGs as media for bioorganic reactions using lipases as catalysts. PMID:20156546

  2. Cyclodextrin and Meglumine-Based Microemulsions as a Poorly Water-Soluble Drug Delivery System.

    PubMed

    Aloisio, Carolina; G de Oliveira, Anselmo; Longhi, Marcela

    2016-09-01

    Cyclodextrins (CDs) and meglumine (MEG) are pharmaceutical excipients widely used to improve solubility of poorly water-soluble drugs. The purpose of this work was to study the effect of CDs or MEG on the internal microstructure of soya oil-based O/W microemulsions (MEs) and on the modulation of the solubility and release rate of Class II model hydrophobic drugs, sulfamerazine and indomethacin. The pseudoternary phase diagrams revealed that higher proportions of oil phase, as well as the presence of β-cyclodextrin (ßCD), methyl-ßCD, and MEG, favored the incorporation of the drugs. The conductivity studies, particle size, and zeta potential analysis showed that the O/W ME structure remained unaffected and that the ME presented reduced droplet sizes after the incorporation of the ligands. The drug-component interactions were assessed by proton nuclear magnetic resonance studies. The highest incorporations of sulfamerazine (35.6 mg/mL) and indomethacin (73.1 mg/mL) were obtained with the ME with W = 5%, MEG and W = 1.8% ßCD in a phosphate buffer solution of pH 8, respectively. In addition, the ligands in ME significantly enhanced the released amount of the drugs, probably due to a solubilizing effect that facilitates the drug to penetrate the unstirred water layer adjacent to membranes. PMID:26886337

  3. Formation and characterization of ordered bicontinuous microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Kogan, Anna; Shalev, Deborah E; Raviv, Uri; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2009-08-01

    Ordered bicontinuous microstructures formed in a fully water-dilutable, pseudoternary unique nonionic microemulsion were obtained and characterized. The concentrate contained a mixture of triacetin/d-alpha-tocopherol acetate/ethanol/Tween 60. Upon dilution, the concentrate was transformed from a reversed micellar system to oil-in-water microemulsion droplets. The transformation occurred through an intermediate phase of ordered bicontinuous structures. The factors that governed the construction of this unique phase, and its physical and structural properties, were characterized in detail. The techniques used included small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), self-diffusion and quantum filtered NMR, differential scanning calorimetry, rheology measurements, electrical conductivity, and dynamic light scattering. This mesophase displays microemulsion properties along with some characteristics of lyotropic liquid crystals (but is not a mixture of the two). Similar to microemulsions, the structures were transparent and spontaneously formed and exhibited thermodynamic stability. Yet, unlike microemulsions, they showed short-range order at room temperature. Additionally, the microstructures exhibited non-Newtonian flow behavior, characteristic of lamellar structures. The bicontinuous ordered microemulsions were obtained upon heating (to 25 degrees C) from the lamellar phase existing at low temperatures (5 degrees C). The main feature governing the bicontinuous mesophase formation was the amphiphilic nature of oil blends composed of d-alpha-tocopherol acetate and triacetin. The oils functioned as cosurfactants, altering the packing parameter of the surfactant and leading to the construction of bicontinuous structures with short-range order. These unique structures might have drug or nutraceutical delivery advantages. PMID:19719271

  4. Polymeric bicontinuous microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Krishnan, Kasiraman

    Rheology of complex fluids has been a topic of considerable interest recently. Bicontinuous microemulsions (BmuE), made by mixing appropriate amounts of oil, water and a surfactant, form a unique class of complex fluids. They possess a characteristic nanostructure consisting of undulating surfaces with vanishingly small interfacial curvature. BmuEs can also be generated in polymers by mixing appropriate amounts of two homopolymers and their corresponding diblock copolymer. The main objective of the present research is to study effects of shear on a model polymeric BmuE. Scattering is used as a predominant tool with in situ flow devices, along with optical microscopy and rheology. The model BmuE consists of a ternary blend of poly(ethyl ethylene) (PEE), poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) and a PEE-PDMS diblock copolymer. Steady shear experiments reveal four regimes as a function of shear rate. At low shear rates (regime I), Newtonian behavior is observed; there is onset of shear thinning at higher rates (regime II). In regime III, the stress is independent of shear rate, whereas it increases with shear rate once again in regime IV. Morphological characterization was carried out for each of these four regimes using scattering and microscopy, the key result being the evidence for flow-induced phase separation in regime III. Transient rheological measurements were conducted for startup and step changes in shear rate, and the BmuE exhibits features similar to worm-like micellar colloidal systems. Time-resolved light scattering and microscopy also reveal interesting characteristics. Dynamic mechanical spectroscopy indicates similarities with neat block copolymers near the order-disorder transition. The equilibrium rheological behavior is intriguing and detailed comparisons are made with Landau-Ginzburg theoretical models. Other areas of research as a part of this thesis include study of structural dynamics of BmuEs with dynamic light scattering, and the rheological

  5. The use of novel ionic liquid-in-water microemulsion without the addition of organic solvents in a capillary electrophoretic system.

    PubMed

    Cao, Jun; Qu, Haibin; Cheng, Yiyu

    2010-10-01

    In this work, a new ionic liquid-in-water (IL/W) microemulsion without requiring toxic organic solvents was investigated as a pseudostationary phase (PSP) in CE. As observed during the IL/W microemulsion system, a fast and an efficient separation of eight phenolic acids was achieved using 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolivmhexa fluorophosphate (bmimPF(6)) as oil drops, Tween 20 as the surfactant, and borate as the BGE. The effects of oil phase, surfactant, buffer and pH on the separation were explored in detail to evaluate the novel PSP. In contrast, the detection efficiency of these same analytes was markedly decreased using oil-in-water (O/W) MEEKC. We have also validated the practicality of the IL/W microemulsion method by quantitative determination of acidic compounds in pharmaceutical injection. The results obtained indicated that an additional association between the IL cations and analytes tested seemed to play a prominent role in the separation mechanism exhibited by this novel PSP compared with the conventional O/W MEEKC. PMID:20922759

  6. Flow Properties of Multilamellar Droplets in AOT/Brine/Glycerol Mixtures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ishii, Akiko; Pons, Ramon; Ushiki, Hideharu; Rouch, Jacques; Letamendia, Louis

    2004-09-01

    The properties of lamellar solutions formed in a quaternary mixture made of brine, sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT), and glycerol have been studied under shear flow. As in AOT, brine pseudo-ternary system, the lamellar solutions exhibit a structural transition above a threshold shear rate, and form quasi-monodispersed multilamellar droplets. In this regime, the solutions are shear thinning. Both the viscosity and the droplet size scale with the shear rate with exponents respectively equal to -0.7 and -0.4. This last value is smaller than the one, 0.5, reported in the ternary systems. Tentative explanations of our experimental results are given.

  7. Electrocatalysis with vitamin B sub 12 in water-in-oil microemulsions at carbon-fiber microelectrodes

    SciTech Connect

    Owlia, A.

    1989-01-01

    Microemulsions are clear, thermodynamically stable dispersions containing oil, surfactant and water. They are crude models of biological membranes and can be used to investigate some of the organizational influence of membranes in lipid and protein synthesis, energy transduction, ion and group transport, etc. This thesis concerns the investigation of microemulsion properties as media in which catalytic reduction of vicinal dibromides can take place with the electrochemically generated Co(I) form of Vitamin B{sub 12}. Methods to study fundamental properties of resistive w/o AOT/H{sub 2}O/isoctane were developed. Microelectrodes of approximate radius of 6 {mu}m were prepared and characterized. Nonlinear regression was applied to the analysis of steady state voltammograms obtained at carbon-fiber microelectrodes. Reversible regression models were used to analyze data for oxidation of ferrocene in acetonitrile with and without added electrolyte. An estimate of cell resistance in highly resistive media was obtained by including ohmic drop in the model for reversible electron transfer. The electrocatalytic reduction of 1,2-dibromoethane (EDB), 1,2-dibromobutane (DBB), and trans-1,2-dibromocyclohexane (DBCH) with Vitamin B{sub 12} in pH {le} 3 water MeCN and w/o microemulsions of AOT/H{sub 2}O/isoctane at carbon fiber microelectrode was investigated. The microviscosity of w/o microemulsions were estimated from the Stokes-Einstein equation using ferrocene as a probe. Results show that the diffusion of molecules in the microemulsions are similar to their diffusion in organic phase (isoctane). Nonlinear regression analysis of the data for AOT w/o microemulsions describing the dependence of D{prime} on C{sub x} enables an estimate of micelle diffusion coefficients.

  8. Higher order structure of proteins solubilized in AOT reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Naoe, Kazumitsu; Noda, Kazuki; Kawagoe, Mikio; Imai, Masanao

    2004-11-15

    The higher order structure of proteins solubilized in an bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate sodium (AOT) reverse micellar system was investigated. From circular dichroic (CD) measurement, CD spectra of cytochrome c, which is solubilized at the interface of reverse micelles, markedly changed on going from buffer solution to the reverse micellar solution, and the ellipticity values in the far- and near-UV regions decreased with decreasing the water content (W0: molar ratio of water to AOT), indicating that the secondary and tertiary structures of cytochrome c changed with the water content. The ellipticity of ribonuclease A, which is solubilized in the center of micellar water pool, in the near-UV region was dependent on W0 and became minimum when W0 of ca. 8 while the ellipticity in the far-UV region was almost constant, indicating that the tertiary structure of ribonuclease A was affected by the water content, but the secondary structure was conserved. The degree of curvature of the micellar interface appears to influence the protein structure because the reverse micelle size is linearly proportional to the W0 value. As evidence of this, when the micelle size was comparable to the protein's dimensions, the structures were more affected by the water content. Judging from the dependence of the factor influencing the protein structure on the protein species, the location of solubilized protein in reverse micelles is significantly related to whether the protein structure in the system is affected by the micellar interface. In the cases of cytochrome c and lysozyme, the ellipticity against W0 was dependent on the AOT concentration. In contrast, ribonuclease A gave very similar ellipticity values whatever the AOT concentration. In the n-hexane micellar system, cytochrome c exhibited lower ellipticity values and ribonuclease A in the lower W0 range (W0

  9. Spatiotemporal Pattern Formation and Chaos in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction in a Reverse Microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Epstein, Irving R.; Vanag, Vladimir K.

    2003-08-01

    We study the spatiotemporal behavior of the oscillatory Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction in a reverse microemulsion consisting of water, octane and the surfactant sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT). By varying the microemulsion composition, we can "tune" its structure, specifically the size and spacing between the nanometer-sized water droplets in which the polar BZ reactants reside. We find a remarkable array of pattern formation as the microemulsion structure and BZ chemistry are varied. Behaviors observed include stationary Turing patterns, traveling and standing waves, spirals, targets, antispirals and antitargets (which travel into rather than out from their center), and spatiotemporal chaos. A simple reaction-diffusion model, which accounts for the BZ chemistry and the differential diffusion of species within water droplets and in the bulk oil phase, is able to reproduce nearly all of the observed behavior.

  10. Lignin amine microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    DaGue, M.G.

    1992-03-10

    This patent describes a method of recovering hydrocarbons from an underground hydrocarbon formation having at least one injection well and at least one production well. It comprises injecting into the formation through an injection well a microemulsion comprising an internal phase of a primary amine having from about 8 to about 22 carbon atoms, lignin, a water soluble anionic surfactant, a solubilizer and an oil; and an external phase of brine comprising greater than about 90% by weight of the microemulsion; driving the microemulsion through the formation; and producing hydrocarbons through a production well.

  11. Surface chemistry of surfactant AOT-stabilized SnO(2) nanoparticles and effect of temperature.

    PubMed

    Luwang, Meitram N; Ningthoujam, Raghumani S; Singh, Naorem S; Tewari, Raghvendra; Srivastava, Sri K; Vatsa, Rajesh K

    2010-09-01

    SnO(2).xH(2)O nanoparticles were prepared at room temperature by the microemulsion route. Sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) was used as a surfactant to stabilize the nanoparticles. These nanoparticles show green luminescence at 510nm, which has been assigned to oxygen vacancies. Infrared spectra of samples heated in the temperature range 500-900 degrees C show bond formation between SnO(2) nanoparticles and SO(4)(2-), which arises from oxidation of SO(3)(-) present in AOT. This was further supported by X-ray diffraction. Shape transformations of the particles from triangular to spherical and then to rectangular was observed as the heat-treatment temperature was increased, and this is related to the surface energy of particles. An enhancement in emission intensity of Eu(3+) was observed when Eu(3+) ions were doped into the SnO(2) nanoparticles due to significant energy transfer from SnO(2) (or Eu-O) to Eu(3+) through surface-mediated energy transfer as compared to direct excitation of Eu(3+) at 397nm. Interestingly, these nanoparticles are dispersible in water, and can be incorporated into polymer-based materials such as polyvinyl alcohol to give homogeneous films, giving rise to blue and red emissions. PMID:20557894

  12. Preparation of starch nanoparticles in a water-in-ionic liquid microemulsion system and their drug loading and releasing properties.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Gang; Luo, Zhigang; Fu, Xiong

    2014-08-13

    An ionic liquid microemulsion consisting of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([Bmim]PF₆), surfactant TX-100, 1-butanol, and water was prepared. The water-in-[Bmim]PF₆ (W/IL), bicontinuous, and [Bmim]PF₆-in-water (IL/W) microregions of the microemulsion were identified by conductivity measurements. Starch nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 91.4 nm were synthesized with epichlorohydrin as cross-linker through W/IL microemulsion cross-linking reaction at 50 °C for 4 h. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) data demonstrated the formation of cross-linking bonds in starch molecules. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that starch nanoparticles were spherical and that some particles showed aggregation formation. Furthermore, drug loading and releasing properties of starch nanoparticles were investigated with mitoxantrone hydrochloride as a drug model. This work provides an efficient and environmentally friendly approach for the preparation of starch nanoparticles, which is beneficial to their further application. PMID:25069988

  13. Nonlinear optical characterization of cluster dynamic in water in oil microemulsion by a pump probe laser beam technique

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vicari, L.

    2002-11-01

    We present a new pump probe laser beams configuration for the nonlinear optical characterization of microemulsions. We detect the variation of the on-axis optical intensity of the probe beam as generated by the concentration profile induced in an optically thin film of microemulsion by the pump beam. A mathematical model has been introduced to describe the phenomenon. The technique allows the determination of both Kerr-like optical nonlinearity and time constants and, therefore, it gives information both on cluster dimension and their shape. We discuss its application to WAD (water/AOT/decane, where AOT denotes sodium-bis-di-ethyl-sulfosuccinate) with the application of a strong electric field of optical source. Comparison between theoretical predictions and experimental results confirms the presence of giant optical nonlinearity in the absence of turbidity divergence. Chainlike shape of clusters, of the kind already reported with the application of strong electric field, could justify this result.

  14. Nonlinear optical characterization of cluster dynamic in water in oil microemulsion by a pump probe laser beam technique.

    PubMed

    Vicari, L

    2002-11-01

    We present a new pump probe laser beams configuration for the nonlinear optical characterization of microemulsions. We detect the variation of the on-axis optical intensity of the probe beam as generated by the concentration profile induced in an optically thin film of microemulsion by the pump beam. A mathematical model has been introduced to describe the phenomenon. The technique allows the determination of both Kerr-like optical nonlinearity and time constants and, therefore, it gives information both on cluster dimension and their shape. We discuss its application to WAD (water/AOT/decane, where AOT denotes sodium-bis-di-ethyl-sulfosuccinate) with the application of a strong electric field of optical source. Comparison between theoretical predictions and experimental results confirms the presence of giant optical nonlinearity in the absence of turbidity divergence. Chainlike shape of clusters, of the kind already reported with the application of strong electric field, could justify this result. PMID:15010903

  15. Structure and rheology of associative triblocks in microemulsion solutions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bhatia, Surita Rani

    This thesis describes our theoretical and experimental work on the rheology, static structure, and phase behavior of associative solutions. Our theoretical efforts have centered on solving the diffusion equation model of Dolan and Edwards for ideal associative triblocks between surfaces to yield the segment density profile and free energy. We have shown that polymers between two spheres cause an O(kT) attraction, similar to that calculated by Milner and Witten for associative polymer brushes between flat plates. The attraction we calculate is weaker than that given by the Derjaguin approximation, and excluded volume moderates the attraction and softens the repulsion between spheres. The free energy was used to estimate an interparticle potential, which in turn was used to compute structure factors for solutions of associative polymers via Monte Carlo simulations. As a model system for our experiments, we have chosen PEO-PI-PEO triblocks in an AOT/water/decane microemulsion. Upon dilution with decane, the solutions phase separate into a dense, high viscosity phase and a dilute, low viscosity phase. We have performed both small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and rheology on these solutions. Structure factors derived from our SANS data agree fairly well with those predicted by our theory and indicate that the droplets reside in an attractive minimum. The rheology of these solutions shows several interesting features that are not predicted by classical reversible network theory. Data from oscillatory experiments indicate a single relaxation time at low polymer concentrations but show evidence of a slower relaxation for higher concentrations. In addition, some solutions exhibit a maximum in the high shear viscosity. Some of our observations are predicted by the flowerlike micelle theory developed by Semenov and co-workers; however, our data is not completely consistent with the theoretical predictions. The high frequency modulus scales roughly quadratically with

  16. Performance of megahertz amplified optical time-stretch optical coherence tomography (AOT-OCT).

    PubMed

    Xu, Jingjiang; Wei, Xiaoming; Yu, Luoqin; Zhang, Chi; Xu, Jianbing; Wong, K K Y; Tsia, Kevin K

    2014-09-22

    Enabled by the ultrahigh-speed all-optical wavelength-swept mechanism and broadband optical amplification, amplified optical time-stretch optical coherence tomography (AOT-OCT) has recently been demonstrated as a practical alternative to achieve ultrafast A-scan rate of multi-MHz in OCT. With the aim of identifying the optimal scenarios for MHz operation in AOT-OCT, we here present a theoretical framework to evaluate its performance metric. In particular, the analysis discusses the unique features of AOT-OCT, such as its superior coherence length, and the relationship between the optical gain and the A-scan rate. More importantly, we evaluate the sensitivity of AOT-OCT in the MHz regime under the influence of the amplifier noise. Notably, the model shows that AOT-OCT is particularly promising when operated at the A-scan rate well beyond multi-MHz--not trivially achievable by any existing swept-source OCT platform. A sensitivity beyond 90 dB, close to the shot-noise limit, can be maintained in the range of 2 - 10 MHz with an optical net gain of ~10 dB. Experimental measurement also shows excellent agreement with the theoretical prediction. While distributed fiber Raman amplification is mainly considered in this paper, the theoretical model is generally applicable to any type of amplification schemes. As a result, our analysis serves as a useful tool for further optimization of AOT-OCT system--as a practical alternative to enable MHz OCT operation. PMID:25321720

  17. Improvement in extraction and catalytic activity of Mucor javanicus lipase by modification of AOT reverse micelle.

    PubMed

    Talukder, Mahabubur Rahman; Susanto, Diana; Feng, Gao; Wu, Jinchuan; Choi, Won Jae; Chow, Yvonne

    2007-11-01

    Reverse micelles are formed in apolar solvents by spontaneous aggregation of surfactants. Surfactant sodium bis (2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) is most often used for the reverse micellar extraction of enzymes. However, the inactivation of enzyme due to strong interaction with AOT molecules is a severe problem. To overcome this problem, the AOT/water/isooctane reverse micellar system was modified by adding short chain polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400). The modified AOT reverse micellar system was used to extract Mucor javanicus lipase from the aqueous phase to the reverse micellar phase. The extraction efficiency (E) increased with the increase in PEG 400 addition and the maximum E in PEG 400 modified system was twofold higher than that in the PEG 400-free system. Upon addition of PEG 400, the water activity (a(w)) of aqueous phase decreased, whereas a(w) of reverse micellar phase increased. The circular dichroism spectroscopy analysis revealed that PEG 400 changes the secondary and tertiary structure of lipase. The maximum specific activity of lipase extracted in PEG 400-modified reverse micellar system was threefold higher than that in the PEG-free system. PMID:17639532

  18. Overcoming the cutaneous barrier with microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Lopes, Luciana B

    2014-01-01

    Microemulsions are fluid and isotropic formulations that have been widely studied as delivery systems for a variety of routes, including the skin. In spite of what the name suggests, microemulsions are nanocarriers, and their use as topical delivery systems derives from their multiple advantages compared to other dermatological formulations, such as ease of preparation, thermodynamic stability and penetration-enhancing properties. Composition, charge and internal structure have been reported as determinant factors for the modulation of drug release and cutaneous and transdermal transport. This manuscript aims at reviewing how these and other characteristics affect delivery and make microemulsions appealing for topical and transdermal administration, as well as how they can be modulated during the formulation design to improve the potential and efficacy of the final system. PMID:24590260

  19. Overcoming the Cutaneous Barrier with Microemulsions

    PubMed Central

    Lopes, Luciana B.

    2014-01-01

    Microemulsions are fluid and isotropic formulations that have been widely studied as delivery systems for a variety of routes, including the skin. In spite of what the name suggests, microemulsions are nanocarriers, and their use as topical delivery systems derives from their multiple advantages compared to other dermatological formulations, such as ease of preparation, thermodynamic stability and penetration-enhancing properties. Composition, charge and internal structure have been reported as determinant factors for the modulation of drug release and cutaneous and transdermal transport. This manuscript aims at reviewing how these and other characteristics affect delivery and make microemulsions appealing for topical and transdermal administration, as well as how they can be modulated during the formulation design to improve the potential and efficacy of the final system. PMID:24590260

  20. Microemulsion Synthesis of Nanoparticle PZT Powder

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Amiriyan, M.; Nemati, Z. A.; Rahmanifar, M. S.; Ramesh, S.; Meenaloshini, S.; Tolouei, R.

    2011-01-01

    Nanocrystalline lead zirconate titanate (PZT) powders have been synthesized using microemulsion processing route. Microemulsion is one of the major processing techniques to synthesize a nanosize, homogenous, and almost agglomerate free ceramic powders. The ternary microemulsion system is consisted of cyclohexane as the oil phase, Triton X100 as the nonionic surfactant phase, and an aqueous phase containing 0.619 M Pb2+, 0.325 M Zr4+, and 0.3 M Ti4+, representing a Pb2+: Zr4+: Ti4+ molar ratio of 1:0.52:0.48. The ratio of these cations has been adjusted using Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) technique. After coprecipitation of metallic hydroxides by adding ammonia solution in microemulsion system, the PZT precursor was obtained. PZT powders have been prepared upon calcination of precursor at 800° C. Prepared powders was characterised using techniques such as X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The characteristics of microemulsion processed powder is discussed, with emphasis on the presence of nano scaled PZT powder with a composition near to morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) without formation of any intermediate phases.

  1. Structural and dynamical transformations between neighboring dense microemulsion phases

    SciTech Connect

    Kotlarchyk, M. ); Sheu, E.Y. ); Capel, M. )

    1992-07-15

    A small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) study of dense AOT-water-decane microemulsions (AOT denotes sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate) was undertaken in order to delineate clearly the phase behavior and corresponding structural transitions for AOT-plus-water volume fractions ranging from {phi}=0.60 to 0.95. Spectra were collected for temperatures between {ital T}=3 and 65 {degree}C. The resulting {ital T}-vs-{phi} phase diagram indicates three distinct structural domains when the water-to-AOT molar ratio is fixed at {ital W}=40.8, namely, the previously investigated {ital L}{sub 2} droplet phase, a high-temperature {ital L}{sub {alpha}} lamellar phase, and a low-temperature {ital L}{sub 3} phase consisting of randomly connected lamellar sheets. A significantly wide coexistence region accompanies the droplet-to-lamellar phase transition, which is demonstrated to be first order. For {ital W} between 15 and 40, an analysis of the lamellar structure using a one-dimensional paracrystal model produces a Hosemann {ital g} factor indicative of an approximately constant variation in the lamellar spacing of about 8%. The SAXS study was supplemented by dielectric-relaxation, shear-viscosity, and quasielastic light-scattering measurements in order to substantiate the observed phase transitions and further our understanding of the structural and dynamical properties of the {ital L}{sub 3} phase. It was found that the {ital L}{sub 3} phase exhibits Newtonian behavior up to a shear rate of 790 s{sup {minus}1}, in contradiction to previous theoretical considerations. The phase exhibits two distinct relaxation modes. A relaxation time of {similar to}1 ms characterizes the Brownian motion of a single lamellar sheet, while the motion of the entire interconnected sheet assembly has a relaxation time on the order of 1 s.

  2. Oxidative refolding of reduced, denatured lysozyme in AOT reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Fan, Jun-Bao; Chen, Jie; Liang, Yi

    2008-06-01

    The refolding kinetics of the reduced, denatured hen egg white lysozyme in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT)-isooctane-water reverse micelles at different water-to-surfactant molar ratios has been investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy and UV spectroscopy. The oxidative refolding of the confined lysozyme is biphasic in AOT reverse micelles. When the water-to-surfactant molar ratio (omega 0) is 12.6, the relative activity of encapsulated lysozyme after refolding for 24 h in AOT reverse micelles increases 46% compared with that in bulk water. Furthermore, aggregation of lysozyme at a higher concentration (0.2 mM) in AOT reverse micelles at omega 0 of 6.3 or 12.6 is not observed; in contrast, the oxidative refolding of lysozyme in bulk water must be at a lower protein concentration (5 microM) in order to avoid a serious aggregation of the protein. For comparison, we have also investigated the effect of AOT on lysozyme activity and found that the residual activity of lysozyme decreases with increasing the concentration of AOT from 1 to 5 mM. When AOT concentration is larger than 2 mM, lysozyme is almost completely inactivated by AOT and most of lysozyme activity is lost. Together, our data demonstrate that AOT reverse micelles with suitable water-to-surfactant molar ratios are favorable to the oxidative refolding of reduced, denatured lysozyme at a higher concentration, compared with bulk water. PMID:18377920

  3. Magnetite-Alginate-AOT nanoparticles based drug delivery platform

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Regmi, R.; Sudakar, C.; Dixit, A.; Naik, R.; Lawes, G.; Toti, U.; Panyam, J.; Vaishnava, P. P.

    2008-03-01

    Iron oxide having the magnetite structure is a widely used biomaterial, having applications ranging from cell separation and drug delivery to hyperthermia. In order to increase the efficacy of drug treatments, magnetite nanoparticles can be incorporated into a composite system with a surfactant-polymer nanoparticle, which can act as a platform for sustained and enhanced cellular delivery of water-soluble molecules. Here we report a composite formulation based on magnetite and Alginate-aerosol OT (AOT) nanoparticles formulated using an emulsion-cross-linking process loaded with Rhodamine 6G [1]. We prepared two set of nanoparticles by using Ca^2+ or Fe^2+ to cross-link the alginate polymer. Additionally, we added ˜8 nm diameter Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles prepared by a soft chemical method to these alginate-AOT nanoparticles. The resulting composites were superparamagnetic at room temperature, with a saturation magnetization of approximately 0.006 emu/g of solution. We will present detailed studies on the structural and magnetic properties of these samples. We will also discuss HPLC measurements on Rhodamine uploading in these composites. [1] M.D.Chavanpatil, Pharmaceutical Research, vol.24, (2007) 803.

  4. Polarity of the interface in ionic liquid in oil microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Andújar-Matalobos, María; García-Río, Luis; López-García, Susana; Rodríguez-Dafonte, Pedro

    2011-11-01

    Ionic liquid based microemulsions were characterized by absorption solvatochromic shifts, (1)H NMR and kinetic measurements in order to investigate the properties of the ionic liquid within the restricted geometry provided by microemulsions and the interactions of the ionic liquid with the interface. Experimental results show a significant difference between the interfaces of normal water and the new ionic liquid microemulsions. Absorption solvatochromic shift experiments and kinetic studies on the aminolysis of 4-nitrophenyl laurate by n-decylamine show that the polarity at the interface of the ionic liquid in oil microemulsions (IL/O) is higher than at the interface of water in oil microemulsions (W/O) despite the fact that the polarity of [bmim][BF(4)(-)] is lower than the polarity of water. (1)H NMR experiments showed that an increase in the ionic liquid content of the microemulsion led to an increase in the interaction between [bmim][BF(4)(-)] and TX-100. The reason for the higher polarity of the microemulsions with the ionic liquid can be explained in terms of the incorporation of higher levels of the ionic liquid at the interface of the microemulsions, as compared to water in the traditional systems. PMID:21820124

  5. Microemulsions: Structures, surfactant layer properties and wetting transitions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abillon, O.; Lee, L. T.; Langevin, D.; Wong, K.

    1991-03-01

    We review briefly the basic known features of microemulsion structures, emphasizing the importance of the surfactant layer bending elasticity. The results for water-alkane-nonionic-surfactant systems, confirming the close relationship between the maximum characteristic size in the microemulsion and the persistence length of the surfactant layer, are presented. We show that microemulsions are formed when the surfactant layer bending moduli are in a well defined range: if the bending modulus is too large, ordered lamellar phases are obtained, while if it is too small, the surfactant film cannot form, and the medium is a structureless molecular mixture. The evolution between microemulsions and molecular mixtures is continuous; its relationship with the wetting transition between the microemulsion and the two excess phases is discussed.

  6. Magnetic microemulsions based on magnetic ionic liquids.

    PubMed

    Klee, Andreas; Prevost, Sylvain; Kunz, Werner; Schweins, Ralf; Kiefer, Klaus; Gradzielski, Michael

    2012-11-28

    Microemulsions with magnetic properties were formed by employing a magnetic room temperature ionic liquid (MRTIL) as polar phase, cyclohexane as oil, and an appropriate mixture of ionic surfactant and decanol as a cosurfactant. By means of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and electric conductivity the microemulsion structure could be confirmed, where the classical structural sequence of oil-continuous-bicontinuous-polar phase continuous is observed with increasing ratio [polar phase]/[oil]. Accordingly a maximum of the structural size is observed at about equal volumes of oil and MRTIL contained. Therefore this system is structurally the same as normal microemulsions but with the magnetic properties added to it by the incorporation into the systems formulation. PMID:23060241

  7. A small angle x-ray scattering study of the droplet-cylinder transition in oil-rich sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Svergun, D. I.; Konarev, P. V.; Volkov, V. V.; Koch, M. H. J.; Sager, W. F. C.; Smeets, J.; Blokhuis, E. M.

    2000-07-01

    A method for nonlinear fitting of x-ray scattering data from polydisperse mixtures was developed. It was applied to the analysis of the structural changes in the droplet phase of oil-rich water-in-oil (w/o) sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) microemulsions with increasing temperature or upon addition of salt. Data were collected at different temperatures (15 to 60 °C) and salt concentrations (up to 0.6% NaCl) within the one-phase region of the L2 phase (w/o microemulsion) for different droplet sizes (water/AOT molar ratio wo=25 to 56) and concentrations (droplet weight fraction cw=2% to 20%). This allowed us to distinguish between contributions from individual scattering particles, e.g., droplets and cylinders to the total scattering intensity. The complete data set containing over 500 scattering curves could be interpreted by fitting the scattering of weighted sums of AOT covered water droplets, long cylinders, and inverse AOT micelles containing bound water only, to the experimental scattering curves. The polydispersity of the droplets and cylinders is described by Schulz distributions and the interactions between the droplets are calculated using a sticky hard-sphere potential in the Percus-Yevick approximation. The volume fractions of the components, their average sizes and polydispersity, and the stickiness of the water/AOT droplets are determined by a nonlinear fit to the experimental data.

  8. Crystallization from microemulsions ? a novel method for the preparation of new crystal forms of aspartame

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Füredi-Milhofer, Helga; Garti, N.; Kamyshny, A.

    1999-03-01

    Solubilization and crystallization of the artificial sweetener aspartame (APM), in water/isooctane microemulsions stabilized with sodium diisooctyl sulfosuccinate (AOT) has been investigated. The amount of aspartame that could be solubilized depended primarily on the amount of surfactant and on the temperature. The maximum AOT/aspartame molar ratio at the w/o interface is shown to be 6.2 at 25°C. It was concluded that the dipeptide is located at the w/o interface interspersed between surfactant molecules and that it acts as a cosurfactant. A new crystal form, APM III, was obtained by cooling of hot w/isooctane/AOT microemulsions containing solubilized aspartame. The new crystal form exhibits a distinct X-ray diffraction powder pattern, as well as changes in the FTIR spectra, thermogravimetric and DSC patterns. H-NMR spectra of APM III dissolved in D 2O were identical to the spectrum of commercial aspartame recorded under the same conditions. The new crystal form has greatly improved dissolution kinetics.

  9. Reactivity of hair cystine in microemulsion media.

    PubMed

    Erra, P; Solans, C; Azemar, N; Parra, J L; Touraud, D; Clausse, M

    1990-04-01

    Synopsis Reduction of keratin cystine by thioglycolic acid incorporated in microemulsions of the water/sodium dodecilsulphate/n-pentanol/n-dodecane system has been determined. The results obtained have been interpreted in relation to the properties of the reaction media. Microemulsions with constant oil-to-surface active mixture weight ratios (R(o/s)) and different concentrations of water were chosen as reaction media. At low water concentrations a steep increase in reactivity with the increase of water was observed at all values of R(o/s). However it was more pronounced the higher the oil content. A relation between maximum cysteine formation and percolative behaviour of the microemulsion was found at high R(o/s) values. PMID:19456961

  10. Dendrimer-templated Pd nanoparticles and Pd nanoparticles synthesized by reverse microemulsions as efficient nanocatalysts for the Heck reaction: A comparative study.

    PubMed

    Noh, Ji-Hyang; Meijboom, Reinout

    2014-02-01

    Palladium nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared using a dendrimer-templated method using G4, G5 and G6 PAMAM-OH dendrimers as well as a reverse microemulsion method using the water/dioctyl sulfosuccinate sodium salt (aerosol-OT, AOT) surfactant/isooctane system with water to surfactant ratios (ω0) of 5, 10 and 13. These 6 catalysts were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, TEM, EDX, and XRD. TEM micrographs showed that the average sizes of 2.74-3.32nm with narrower size distribution were achieved by using dendrimer-templated synthetic methods, whereas the reverse microemulsion method resulted in broad size distribution with an average size of 3.87-5.06nm. The influence of various reaction parameters such as base, catalyst dosing, alkene, aryl halide and temperature on the Heck C-C coupling reaction was evaluated. The activation parameters were derived from the reaction rate of each catalyst obtained at various temperatures. A correlation of catalytic activity, enthalpy of activation and particle size is discussed. Particle size changes of each catalyst were investigated after the catalytic reaction. Overall results indicated that dendrimer-templated Pd NP catalysts showed superior activity as compared to the Pd NPs synthesized by reverse microemulsions, with the dendrimer-templated G5-OH(Pd80) showing the best activity. These catalysts were also reusable for 3 cycles, retaining high yield and showing excellent yields under mild conditions. Therefore, the dendrimer-templated Pd NPs are efficient catalyst systems for the ligand-free Heck C-C coupling reaction. PMID:24267330

  11. Segmented Spiral Waves and Anti-phase Synchronization in a Model System with Two Identical Time-Delayed Coupled Layers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yuan, Guo-Yong; Yang, Shi-Ping; Wang, Guang-Rui; Chen, Shi-Gang

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we consider a model system with two identical time-delayed coupled layers. Synchronization and anti-phase synchronization are exhibited in the reactive system without diffusion term. New segmented spiral waves, which are constituted by many thin trips, are found in each layer of two identical time-delayed coupled layers, and are different from the segmented spiral waves in a water-in-oil aerosol sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) micro-emulsion (ME) (BZ-AOT system), which consists of many small segments. "Anti-phase spiral wave synchronization" can be realized between the first layer and the second one. For different excitable parameters, we also give the minimum values of the coupling strength to generate segmented spiral waves and the tip orbits of spiral waves in the whole bilayer.

  12. Transdermal delivery of curcumin via microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Sintov, Amnon C

    2015-03-15

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the transdermal delivery potential of a new curcumin-containing microemulsion system. Three series of experiments were carried out to comprehend the system characteristics: (a) examining the influence of water content on curcumin permeation, (b) studying the effect of curcumin loading on its permeability, and (c) assessing the contribution of the vesicular nature of the microemulsion on permeability. The skin permeability of curcumin from microemulsions, which contained 5%, 10%, and 20% of water content (1% curcumin), was measured in vitro using excised rat skin. It has been shown that the permeability coefficient of CUR in a formulation containing 10% aqueous phase (ME-10) was twofold higher than the values obtained for formulations with 5% and 20% water (Papp=0.116 × 10(-3)± 0.052 × 10(-3)vs. 0.043 × 10(-3)± 0.022 × 10(-3) and 0.047 × 10(-3)± 0.025 × 10(-3)cm/h, respectively. A reasonable explanation for this phenomenon may be the reduction of both droplet size and droplets' concentration in the microemulsion as the aqueous phase decreased from 20% to 5%. It has also been shown that a linear correlation exists between the decrease in droplet size and the increase of curcumin loading in the microemulsion. In addition, it has been demonstrated that a micellar system, S/O-mix, and a plain solution of curcumin resulted in a significantly lower curcumin permeation relative to that presented by the microemulsion, Papp=0.018 × 10(-3)± 0.011 × 10(-3), 0.005 × 10(-3)± 0.002 × 10(-3), and 0.002 × 10(-3)± 0.000 × 10(-3)cm/h, respectively, vs. 0.110 × 10(-3)± 0.021 × 10(-3)cm/h for the microemulsion. The enhancement ratio (ER=Jss-ME/Jss-solution) of CUR permeated via 1% loaded microemulsion was 55. PMID:25655717

  13. CdSe/TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles produced in AOT reverse micelles: applications in pollutant photodegradation using visible light

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    CdSe quantum dots with a prominent band-edge photoluminescence were obtained by a soft AOT water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsion templating method with an estimated size of 2.7 nm. The CdSe particles were covered with a TiO2 layer using an intermediate SiO2 coupling reagent by a sol-gel process. The resulting CdSe/TiO2 core/shell nanoparticles showed appreciable photocatalytic activity at λ = 405 nm which can only originate because of electron injection from the conduction band of CdSe to that of TiO2. PMID:21711492

  14. "Snap-shooting" the interface of AOT reverse micelles: use of chemical trapping

    PubMed

    Srilakshmi; Chaudhuri

    2000-08-01

    The first use of the phenyl cation trapping technique in "snap-shooting" the local molar concentrations of water and sulfosuccinate head-groups in the interfacial region of AOT-2,2,4-trimethylpentane-water reverse micelles has been accomplished. Our results demonstrate that the interfacial concentrations of the sulfosuccinate head-groups in AOT (0.1 M)-2,2,4-trimethylpentane-water reverse micelles are remarkably high (2.75-2.34 M) across the W0 (the molar ratio of water to surfactant) range 12 to 44. However, the interfacial concentrations of water in AOT- 2,2,4-trimethylpentane-water reverse micelles across the same range of solution compositions are significantly lower (27.9-32.0 M) than the molar concentration of bulk water (55.5 M). The present results provide new insight on the microenvironments of interfacially located enzymes such as lipases entrapped in AOT-2,2,4-trimethylpentane-water reverse micelles, the most extensively exploited reverse-micellar system in micellar biotechnology. PMID:10985732

  15. Preparation and evaluation of fexofenadine microemulsion for intranasal delivery.

    PubMed

    Piao, Hong-Mei; Balakrishnan, Prabagar; Cho, Hyun Jong; Kim, Hyunjun; Kim, You Sun; Chung, Suk-Jae; Shim, Chang-Koo; Kim, Dae-Duk

    2010-06-01

    To enhance the solubility and bioavailability of poorly absorbable fexofenadine, microemulsion system composed of oil, surfactant and co-surfactant was developed for intranasal delivery. Phase behavior, particle size, viscosity and solubilization capacity of the microemulsion system were characterized. Histopathology and in vivo nasal absorption of the optimized microemulsion formulations were also investigated in rats. A single isotropic region was found in the pseudo-ternary phase diagrams developed at various ratios with Lauroglycol 90 as oil, Labrasol as surfactant and Plurol oleiqueCC49 or its mixture with PEG-400 (1:1) as cosurfactant. An increase in the microemulsion region in pseudo-ternary phase systems was observed with increased surfactant concentration. The optimized microemulsion formulations showed higher solubulization of fexofenadine, i.e., F1 (22.64mg/mL) and F2 (22.98mg/mL), compared to its intrinsic water solubility (1.51mg/mL). Nasal absorption of fexofenadine from these microemulsions was found to be fairly rapid. T(max) was observed within 5min after intranasal administration at 1.0mg/kg dose, and the absolute bioavailability (0-4h) was about 68% compared to the intravenous administration in rats. Our results suggested that these microemulsion formulations could be used as an effective intranasal dosage form for the rapid-onset delivery of fexofenadine. PMID:20685383

  16. Preparation and evaluation of fexofenadine microemulsions for intranasal delivery.

    PubMed

    Piao, Hong-Mei; Balakrishnan, Prabagar; Cho, Hyun-Jong; Kim, Hyunjun; Kim, You-Sun; Chung, Suk-Jae; Shim, Chang-Koo; Kim, Dae-Duk

    2010-08-16

    To enhance the solubility and bioavailability of poorly absorbable fexofenadine, microemulsion system composed of oil, surfactant and co-surfactant was developed for intranasal delivery. Phase behavior, particle size, viscosity and solubilization capacity of the microemulsion system were characterized. Histopathology and in vivo nasal absorption of the optimized microemulsion formulations were also investigated in rats. A single isotropic region was found in the pseudo-ternary phase diagrams developed at various ratios with Lauroglycol 90 as oil, Labrasol as surfactant and Plurol Oleique CC49 or its mixture with PEG-400 (1:1) as cosurfactant. An increase in the microemulsion region in pseudo-ternary phase systems was observed with increased surfactant concentration. The optimized microemulsion formulations showed higher solubulization of fexofenadine, i.e., F1 (22.64 mg/mL) and F2 (22.98 mg/mL), compared to its intrinsic water solubility (1.51 mg/mL). Nasal absorption of fexofenadine from these microemulsions was found to be fairly rapid. Tmax was observed within 5 min after intranasal administration at 1.0 mg/kg dose, and the absolute bioavailability (0-4 h) was about 68% compared to the intravenous administration in rats. Our results suggested that these microemulsion formulations could be used as an effective intranasal dosage form for the rapid-onset delivery of fexofenadine PMID:20635476

  17. Molten fatty acid based microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Noirjean, Cecile; Testard, Fabienne; Dejugnat, Christophe; Jestin, Jacques; Carriere, David

    2016-06-21

    We show that ternary mixtures of water (polar phase), myristic acid (MA, apolar phase) and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB, cationic surfactant) studied above the melting point of myristic acid allow the preparation of microemulsions without adding a salt or a co-surfactant. The combination of SANS, SAXS/WAXS, DSC, and phase diagram determination allows a complete characterization of the structures and interactions between components in the molten fatty acid based microemulsions. For the different structures characterized (microemulsion, lamellar or hexagonal phases), a similar thermal behaviour is observed for all ternary MA/CTAB/water monophasic samples and for binary MA/CTAB mixtures without water: crystalline myristic acid melts at 52 °C, and a thermal transition at 70 °C is assigned to the breaking of hydrogen bounds inside the mixed myristic acid/CTAB complex (being the surfactant film in the ternary system). Water determines the film curvature, hence the structures observed at high temperature, but does not influence the thermal behaviour of the ternary system. Myristic acid is partitioned in two "species" that behave independently: pure myristic acid and myristic acid associated with CTAB to form an equimolar complex that plays the role of the surfactant film. We therefore show that myristic acid plays the role of a solvent (oil) and a co-surfactant allowing the fine tuning of the structure of oil and water mixtures. This solvosurfactant behaviour of long chain fatty acid opens the way for new formulations with a complex structure without the addition of any extra compound. PMID:27241163

  18. Ethylene glycol and the thermostability of trypsin in a reverse micelle system.

    PubMed

    Stupishina, E A; Khamidullin, R N; Vylegzhanina, N N; Faizullin, D A; Zuev, Yu F

    2006-05-01

    The influence of ethylene glycol (EG) on the kinetics of hydrolysis of N-alpha-benzoyl-L-arginine ethyl ether catalyzed by trypsin encapsulated in sodium bis-(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT)-based reverse micelles was studied at different temperatures. Ethylene glycol was shown to shift the range of the trypsin activity in the reverse micelles towards higher temperatures. Infrared spectroscopy showed a stabilizing effect of EG on the secondary structure of the protein in the system of reverse micelles. Electron spin resonance spectroscopy showed that the solubilized protein affected the interactions of EG with the polar head groups of AOT and altered the rigidity of the micellar matrix. The results indicate that EG increases the thermostability of the solubilized enzyme in microemulsion media by two mechanisms. PMID:16732732

  19. Factors affecting the phase behavior and antimicrobial activity of carvacrol microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Shaaban, Hamdy A; Edris, Amr E

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate some factors that can contribute to the formulation of aqueous-based carvacrol microemulsion that can potentially be used in food preservation or disinfection. For this purpose the capacity of formation of carvacrol microemulsion was first revealed by studying the phase behavior of that compound in five different non-ionic microemulsion systems. Factors affecting that phase behavior like the type of non-ionic surfactant and presence of solubilization enhancers were also studied. The fully dilutable microemulsion system that can incorporate high carvacrol amount, as revealed from the phase diagrams, was chosen for the antibacterial evaluation study. The same microemulsion system was re-formulated in a cationic form by substituting the non-ionic surfactant, Tween 20 (T20) with the cationic cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC). The disc diffusion method was used to evaluate the activity of these microemulsion systems against different pathogenic bacteria. Results of the phase behavior study showed that carvacrol is a challenging phenolic compound which did not lend itself easily for solubilization in a fully dilutable non-ionic microemulsion. Incorporation of some solubilization enhancers like propylene glycol (PG) or short chain alcohols can fulfill this purpose however high surfactant/carvacrol ratio (9:1) was still required to solubilize only 1.0 wt% carvacrol in dilutable microemulsion. The antibacterial evaluation study at that concentration revealed that non-ionic carvacrol microemulsion formulated with T20 and a solubilization enhancer did not exhibit better antimicrobial activity than the same concentration of carvacrol formulated in surfactant-free aqueous solution composed of water/PG (1:1). On the other hand, the CPC-formulated carvacrol microemulsion showed significantly higher antibacterial activity than T20-formulated microemulsion. Results of the current investigation shed the light on the solubilization capacity and

  20. Evaluation of nicotinamide microemulsion on the skin penetration enhancement.

    PubMed

    Boonme, Prapaporn; Boonthongchuay, Chalida; Wongpoowarak, Wibul; Amnuaikit, Thanaporn

    2016-01-01

    This study purposed to evaluate a microemulsion containing nicotinamide for its characteristics, stability, and skin penetration and retention comparing with a solution of nicotinamide in 2:1 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol (IPA). The microemulsion system was composed of 1:1 mixture of Span80 and Tween80 as a surfactant mixture, isopropyl palmitate (IPP) as an oil phase, and 2:1 mixture of water and IPA as an aqueous phase. Nicotinamide microemulsion was prepared by dissolving the active in the aqueous phase before simply mixing with the other components. It was determined for its characteristics and stability under various conditions. The skin penetration and retention studies of nicotinamide microemulsion and solution were performed by modified Franz diffusion cells, using newborn pig skin as the membrane. The results showed that nicotinamide microemulsion could be obtained as clear yellowish liquid, was water-in-oil (w/o) type, possessed Newtonian flow, and exhibited physicochemical stability when kept at 4 °C and room temperature (≈30 ± 2 °C) during 3 months. From the skin penetration data, the microemulsion could enhance the skin penetration of nicotinamide comparing with the solution. Additionally, nicotinamide microemulsion could provide much higher amount of skin retention than that of skin penetration, resulting in suitability for a cosmeceutical product. PMID:25318786

  1. Quantitative characterization of the viscosity of a microemulsion

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Berg, Robert F.; Moldover, Michael R.; Huang, John S.

    1987-01-01

    The viscosity of the three-component microemulsion water/decane/AOT has been measured as a function of temperature and droplet volume fraction. At temperatures well below the phase-separation temperature the viscosity is described by treating the droplets as hard spheres suspended in decane. Upon approaching the two-phase region from low temperature, there is a large (as much as a factor of four) smooth increase of the viscosity which may be related to the percolation-like transition observed in the electrical conductivity. This increase in viscosity is not completely consistent with either a naive electroviscous model or a simple clustering model. The divergence of the viscosity near the critical point (39 C) is superimposed upon the smooth increase. The magnitude and temperature dependence of the critical divergence are similar to that seen near the critical points of binary liquid mixtures.

  2. Development and characterization of eucalyptol microemulsions for topic delivery of curcumin.

    PubMed

    Liu, Chi-Hsien; Chang, Fu-Yen

    2011-01-01

    Microemulsions have received great attention for applications in transdermal drug delivery. The use of curcumin for treating various skin diseases like scleroderma, psoriasis, and skin cancer was extensively reported. The solubility of curcumin in various oils, surfactants, and cosurfactants was studied herein in order to find the optimal components for a transdermal delivery vehicle. Microemulsion systems composed of eucalyptol, polysorbate 80, ethanol, and water were developed as transdermal delivery vehicles for curcumin. Effects of the microemulsion composition on transdermal curcumin delivery were studied using Franz diffusion cells. The transdermal curcumin flux, permeability coefficient, and enhancement ratio were analyzed to evaluate the effects of eucalyptol/water ratios in the microemulsions. Pseudo-ternary phase diagrams of the eucalyptol microemulsions with various surfactant/cosurfactant ratios (1:1-1:3) were constructed to investigate their phase behaviors. Conductivity, interfacial tension, size, and viscosity data of the microemulsions were used to characterize the physicochemical properties of transdermal vehicles. The influence of the microemulsions on skin histology and on the delivery route was analyzed using hematoxylin/eosin staining and confocal laser scanning microscopy. In conclusion, microemulsions were successfully developed for transdermal curcumin delivery after screening various components and adjusting the oil/water ratios. The curcumin permeation rate of the microemulsion developed was 15.7-fold higher than that of the control (eucalyptol only). These results indicate that an eucalyptol microemulsion system is a promising tool for the percutaneous delivery of curcumin. PMID:21297295

  3. Investigating effect of microemulsion components: In vitro permeation of ketoconazole.

    PubMed

    Patel, Mrunali R; Patel, Rashmin B; Parikh, Jolly R; Solanki, Ajay B; Patel, Bharat G

    2011-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of oil, surfactant/co-surfactant mixing ratios and water on the in vitro permeation of ketoconazole (KTZ) applied in O/W microemulsion vehicle through intact rat skin. Lauryl Alcohol (LA) was screened as the oil phase of microemulsions, due to a good solubilizing capacity of the microemulsion system. The pseudo-ternary phase diagrams for microemulsion regions were constructed using LA as the oil, Labrasol (Lab) as the surfactant (S) and ethanol (EtOH) as the cosurfactant (CoS). The formulation which showed a highest permeation rate of 54.65 ± 1.72 µg/cm(2)/h(1) and appropriate physico-chemical properties was optimized as containing 2% KTZ, 10% LA, 20% Lab/EtOH (1:1) and 68% double distilled water (w/w). The efficiency of microemulsion formulation in the topical delivery of KTZ was dependent upon the contents of water and LA as well as Lab/EtOH mixing ratio. It was concluded that the percutaneous absorption of KTZ from microemulsions was enhanced with increasing the LA and water contents, and with decreasing the Lab/EtOH ratio in the formulation. Candida albicans was used as a model fungus to evaluate the antifungal activity of the best formula achieved, which showed the widest zone of inhibition as compared to KTZ reference. The studied microemulsion formulation showed a good stability for a period of three months. Histopathological investigation of rat skin revealed the safety of microemulsion formulations for topical use. These results indicate that the studied microemulsion formulation might be a promising vehicle for topical delivery of KTZ. PMID:20146553

  4. Formation of microemulsion: Effect of temperature and polyacrylamide

    SciTech Connect

    John, A.C.; Rakshit, A.K. )

    1993-03-01

    The pseudoternary phase diagram of the system involving cyclohexane, sodium dodecyl sulphate, propanol, and water was constructed for an SDS-to-propanol mass ratio 1:2. The area of the monophasic microemulsion region was computed. The effects of change of temperature and change of concentration of water-soluble polyacrylamide (PAA) on the microemulsion zone as well as the conductance, viscosity, and adiabatic compressibility of the microemulsion systems were studied. It was observed that for the water system there is a critical temperature below which the microemulsion zone increases with temperature, though at higher temperature the zone decreases within the range studied. The effects of presence of polyacrylamide above and below 0.003%(w/v)also are different from each other.

  5. Molecular thermodynamic modeling of droplet-type microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Moreira, Livia A; Firoozabadi, Abbas

    2012-01-24

    Microemulsions are nanoheterogeneous, thermodynamically stable, spontaneously forming mixtures of oil and water by means of surfactants, with or without cosurfactants. The pledge to use small volumes of amphiphile molecules compared to large amounts of bulk phase modifiers in a variety of chemical and industrial processes, from enhanced oil recovery to biotechnology, fosters continuous investigation and an improved understanding of these systems. In this work, we develop a molecular thermodynamic theory for droplet-type microemulsions, both water-in-oil and oil-in-water, and provide the theoretical formulation for three-component microemulsions. Our thermodynamic model, which is based on a direct minimization of the Gibbs free energy of the total system, predicts the structural and compositional features of microemulsions. The predictions are compared with experimental data for droplet size in water-alkane-didodecyl dimethylammonium bromide systems. PMID:22149425

  6. Form fluctuations of polymer loaded spherical microemulsions studied by neutron scattering and dielectric spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kuttich, B.; Falus, P.; Grillo, I.; Stühn, B.

    2014-08-01

    We investigate the structure and shell dynamics of the droplet phase in water/AOT/octane microemulsions with polyethyleneglycol (MW = 1500) molecules loaded in the droplets. Size and polydispersity of the droplets is determined with small angle X-ray scattering and small angle neutron scattering experiments. Shell fluctuations are measured with neutron spin echo spectroscopy and related to the dynamic percolation seen in dielectric spectroscopy. Shell fluctuations are found to be well described by the bending modulus of the shell and the viscosities inside and outside the droplets. Addition of the polymer decreases the modulus for small droplets. For large droplets the opposite is found as percolation temperature shifts to higher values.

  7. Spectrometric study on the binding of curcumin with AOT: effect of micelle-to-vesicle transition.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Haibo; Yang, Qianqian; Wang, Xiaoyong

    2014-10-15

    In this work, the role of micelle-to-vesicle transition of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in the binding, stability and antioxidant activity of curcumin has been studied using absorption and fluorescence measurements. As AOT molecules aggregate into micelles and vesicles, curcumin bound with AOT often gives higher intensities of absorption and fluorescence than that of free curcumin. The most enhanced absorption and fluorescence of curcumin induced by AOT vesicles, are attributed to the location of curcumin in their lipid bilayer. The measurement of curcumin anisotropy suggests that the bilayer of AOT vesicles provides curcumin with a more hydrophobic microenvironment than the palisade layer of AOT micelles. The binding constant (Kb) of curcumin with AOT vesicles is three times that of curcumin with AOT micelles. Moreover, AOT vesicles are found to be superior to AOT micelles for enhancing the stability and radical scavenging ability of curcumin. PMID:24837931

  8. Influence of the composition of monoacyl phosphatidylcholine based microemulsions on the dermal delivery of flufenamic acid.

    PubMed

    Hoppel, Magdalena; Ettl, Hanna; Holper, Evelyn; Valenta, Claudia

    2014-11-20

    Although microemulsions are one of the most promising dermal carrier systems, their clinical use is limited due to their skin irritation potential. Therefore, microemulsions based on naturally derived monoacyl phosphatidylcholine (MAPL) were developed. The influence of the water, oil and surfactant content on dermal delivery of flufenamic acid was systematically investigated for the first time. A water-rich microemulsion led to significantly higher in vitro skin penetration of flufenamic acid compared to other microemulsions. The superiority of the water-rich microemulsion over a marketed flufenamic acid containing formulation was additionally confirmed. Differences in drug delivery could be explained by alterations of the microemulsions after application. Evaporation of isopropanol led to crystal-like structures of MAPL on the skin surface from the surfactant- or oleic acid-rich microemulsions. In contrast, the formation of this additional barrier was hindered in case of the water-rich microemulsion. The skin penetration of MAPL was additionally analyzed by combined ATR-FTIR and tape stripping experiments, where MAPL itself penetrated only into the initial layers of the stratum corneum, independent of the microemulsion composition. Since a surfactant must penetrate the skin to cause irritation, MAPL can be presumed as a skin-friendly emulsifier with the ability to stabilize pharmaceutically acceptable microemulsions. PMID:25178824

  9. Synthesis of nanosize silica in aerosol OT reverse microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Arriagada, F.J.; Osseo-Asare, K. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering)

    1995-03-01

    Silica nanoparticles were synthesized in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/decane/ammonium hydroxide reverse microemulsions via the base-catalyzed hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). The fluorescence spectra of 1,3,6,8-pyrenetetrasulfonic acid (PTS) trapped in the water pools indicate that free water molecules do not become available until the water-to-surfactant molar ratio (R) exceeds about 10. At R values below about 4, no particles are produced. Under these conditions, the surfactant molecules are closely packed at the interface and the water molecules are strongly bound to the surfactant polar groups and the sodium counterions; the net result is to inhibit TEOS hydrolysis. As R increases from 5 to 9.5, the diameter of the resulting particles increases, and the size distribution decreases. These trends are rationalized in terms of changes in the local concentration of hydrolyzed TEOS species in the reversed micellar pseudophase, coupled with the protective action of the surfactant film. The fact that the final particle sizes exceed the diameters of the corresponding water pools indicates a role for intermicellar matter exchange in the particle growth process. The dispersions are not stable, and gel-like precipitates eventually form. The low dispersion stability is attributed to the presence of sodium ions and to the possible decrease in pH caused by the hydrolysis of the AOT surfactant molecules. This surfactant has been used in a number of applied investigations involving membrane chemistry, protein separations, metal separations, solar energy conversion, and nanoparticle synthesis.

  10. A facile construction strategy of stable lipid nanoparticles for drug delivery using a hydrogel-thickened microemulsion system.

    PubMed

    Chen, Huabing; Xiao, Ling; Du, Danrong; Mou, Dongsheng; Xu, Huibi; Yang, Xiangliang

    2010-01-01

    We report a novel facile method for preparing stable nanoparticles with inner spherical solid spheres and an outer hydrogel matrix using a hot O/W hydrogel-thickened microemulsion with spontaneous stability. The nanoparticles with average diameters of about 30.0 nm and 100.0 nm were constructed by cooling the hot hydrogel-thickened microemulsion at different temperatures, respectively. We explained the application of these nanoparticles by actualizing the cutaneous delivery of drug-loaded nanoparticles. The in vitro skin permeation studies showed that the nanoparticles could significantly reduce the penetration of model drugs through skin and resulted in their dermal uptakes in skin. The sol-gel process of TEOS was furthermore used in the template of HTM to regulate the particle size of nanoparticles. The coating of silica on the surface of nanoparticles could regulate the penetration of drug into skin from dermal delivery to transdermal delivery. This strategy provides a facile method to produce nanoparticles with long-term stability and ease of manufacture, which might have a promising application in drug delivery. PMID:19946154

  11. Transdermal delivery of betahistine hydrochloride using microemulsions: physical characterization, biophysical assessment, confocal imaging and permeation studies.

    PubMed

    Hathout, Rania M; Nasr, Maha

    2013-10-01

    Transdermal delivery of betahistine hydrochloride encapsulated in various ethyl oleate, Capryol 90(®), Transcutol(®) and water microemulsion formulations was studied. Two different kinds of phase diagrams were constructed for the investigated microemulsion system. Pseudoplastic flow that is preferable for skin delivery was recorded for the investigated microemulsions. A balanced and bicontinuous microemulsion formulation was suggested and showed the highest permeation flux (0.50±0.030mgcm(-2)h(-1)). The effect of the investigated microemulsions on the skin electrical resistance was used to explain the high permeation fluxes obtained. Confocal laser scanning microscopy was used to confirm the permeation enhancement and to reveal the penetration pathways. The results obtained suggest that the proposed microemulsion system highlighted in the current work can serve as a promising alternative delivery means for betahistine hydrochloride. PMID:23732802

  12. Unfolding and inactivation of cutinases by AOT and guanidine hydrochloride.

    PubMed

    Ternström, Tomas; Svendsen, Allan; Akke, Mikael; Adlercreutz, Patrick

    2005-04-15

    We present a comparative analysis of the unfolding and inactivation of three cutinases in the presence of guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl) and bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT). Previous investigations have focused on the cutinase from Fusarium solani pisi (FsC). In addition to FsC, the present study includes the cutinase from Humicola insolens (HiC) and a mutant variant of HiC (muHiC) with increased activity and decreased surfactant sensitivity. Equilibrium and time-resolved denaturation by AOT were studied in aqueous solution and reverse micelles, and were compared with GdnHCl denaturation. The far-UV CD and fluorescence denaturation profiles obtained in the aqueous solutions of the two denaturants coincide for all three cutinases, indicating that unfolding is a co-operative two-state process under these conditions. In reverse micelles, the cutinases unfold with mono-exponential rates, again indicating a two-state process. The free energy of denaturation in water was calculated by linear extrapolation of equilibrium data, yielding very similar values for the three cutinases with averages of -11.6 kcal mol(-1) and -2.6 kcal mol(-1) for GdnHCl and AOT, respectively. Hence, the AOT denatured state (D(AOT)) is less destabilised than the GdnHCl denatured state (D(GdnHCl)), relative to the native state in water. Far-UV CD spectroscopy revealed that D(AOT) retains some secondary structure, while D(GdnHCl) is essentially unstructured. Similarly, fluorescence data suggest that D(AOT) is more compact than D(GdnHCl). Activity measurements reveal that both D(AOT) and D(GdnHCl) are practically inactive (catalytic activity <1% of that of the native enzyme). The fluorescence spectrum of D(AOT) in reverse micelles did not differ significantly from that observed in aqueous AOT. NMR studies of D(AOT) in reverse micelles indicated that the structure is characteristic of a molten globule, consistent with the CD and fluorescence data. PMID:15752695

  13. Low-pressure lipase-catalyzed production of mono- and diglycerides with and without N-butane and AOT surfactant.

    PubMed

    Valério, Alexsandra; Fiametti, Karina G; Rovani, Suzimara; Treichel, Helen; de Oliveira, Débora; Oliveira, J Vladimir

    2010-03-01

    The aim of this work is to report the production of mono- and diglycerides from olive oil at ambient condition and in pressurized n-butane as solvent medium. For this purpose, a commercial immobilized lipase (Novozym 435) was employed as catalyst and sodium (bis-2-ethyl-hexyl) sulfosuccinate (Aerosol-OT or AOT) as surfactant. The experiments were conducted in batch mode varying the temperature, pressure, and AOT concentration. Results showed that lipase-catalyzed glycerolysis either with compressed n-butane or in solvent-free system with AOT as surfactant might be a potential alternative route to conventional methods, as high contents of reaction products, especially monoglycerides ( approximately 60 wt.%), were achieved at mild temperature and pressure with a relatively low solvent to substrates mass ratio (4:1) in short reaction times (2 h). PMID:19641856

  14. Microemulsion-mediated synthesis of nanosize molybdenum sulfide particles

    SciTech Connect

    Boakye, E.; Radovic, L.R.; Osseo-Asare, K. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering)

    1994-03-01

    A microemulsion-based method for the synthesis of molybdenum sulfide nanoparticles is reported. Molybdenum sulfide particles in the size range 10--80 nm have been precipitated in water-in-oil microemulsions (water-containing inverse micelles) formulated with polyoxyethylene(5)nonylphenyl ether (NP-5). The particles were synthesized in the NP-5/cyclohexane/water microemulsion system by acidifying ammonium tetrathiomolybdate solubilized in the water cores of the inverse micelles. Particle characterization was accomplished by chemical analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy. The small size and the cage-like nature of the microemulsion water cores limit particle growth and aggregation. The particle size was found to be a function of the water-to-surfactant molar ratio and the average number of ammonium tetrathiomolybdate ions solubilized per water core. These trends are rationalized in terms of classical nucleation theory and aggregative growth concepts.

  15. Polymeric Bicontinuous Microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bates, Frank S.; Maurer, Wayne W.; Lipic, Paul M.; Hillmyer, Marc A.; Almdal, Kristoffer; Mortensen, Kell; Fredrickson, Glenn H.; Lodge, Timothy P.

    1997-08-01

    High molecular weight block copolymers can be viewed as macromolecular surfactants when blended with thermodynamically incompatible homopolymers. This Letter describes the formation of polymeric bicontinuous microemulsions in mixtures containing a model diblock copolymer and two homopolymers. Although we attribute development of this equilibrium morphology to the effects of fluctuations, mean-field theory provides a quantitative strategy for preparing the bicontinuous state at blend compositions near an isotropic Lifshitz point.

  16. Microstructure of microemulsion modified with ionic liquids in microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography and analysis of seven corticosteroids.

    PubMed

    Ni, Xinjiong; Yu, Meijuan; Cao, Yuhua; Cao, Guangqun

    2013-09-01

    In this work, the influences of ionic liquid (IL) as a modifier on microemulsion microstructure and separation performance in MEEKC were investigated. Experimental results showed that synergetic effect between IL 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoro-borate (BmimBF4 ) and surfactant SDS gave a decreased CMC. With increment of IL in microemulsion, negative ζ potential of the microdroplets reduced gradually. The influence of IL on the dimensions of microdroplet was complicated. At BmimBF4 less than 8 mM, IL made microemulsion droplet smaller in size. While at BmimBF4 more than 10 mM, the size increased and reached to a maximum value at 12 mM, where the microdroplets were larger than that without IL. After that, the micreodroplet size decreased again. Relative fluorescence intensity of the first vibration band of pyrene to the third one (I1 /I3 ) enhanced as IL was added to microemulsion, which indicated that this addition increased environmental polarity in the inner core of microdroplets. Prednisone, hydrocortisone, prednisolone, hydrocortisone acetate, cortisone acetate, prednisolone acetate, and triamcinolone acetonide were analyzed with MEEKC modified with IL to evaluate the separation performance. Cortisone acetate and prednisolone acetate could not be separated at all in typical microemulsion. The seven analytes could be separated by the addition of 10 mM BmimBF4 into the microemulsion system. The method has been used for analysis of corticosteroids in cosmetic samples with simple extraction; the recoveries for seven analytes were between 86 and 114%. This method provides accuracy, reproducibility, pretreatment simplicity, and could be applied to the quality control of cosmetics. PMID:23801369

  17. Supramolecular assemblies obtained by mixing different cyclodextrins and AOT or BHDC reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Silva, O Fernando; Correa, N Mariano; Silber, Juana J; de Rossi, Rita H; Fernández, Mariana A

    2014-04-01

    In this contribution we show the effect of the surfactant polar head and the external solvent on the incorporation of different cyclodextrins (CDs) {α-CD, β-CD, γ-CD, decenylsuccinyl-β-CD (Mod-β-CD), and hydroxypropyl-β-CD (hp-β-CD)} in different reverse micelles (RMs) {benzene/sodium 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate(AOT)/water, and benzene/benzyl-n-hexadecyldimethylammonium chloride (BHDC)/water} and compare them with previous results obtained in n-heptane/AOT/water RMs. To investigate the different systems, we have used UV-vis spectrophotometry, induced circular dichroism spectroscopy (ICD), and the achiral molecular probe methyl orange (MO). The results show dramatic differences changing the external solvent and the surfactant, which are explained by considering the differences in the RMs interface composition, the water-surfactant interaction, and the CDs' location in the different media investigated. None of the CDs were incorporated into the benzene/AOT/water RMs at any [H2O]/[surfactant] ratio studied (W0) whereas it was previously shown that Mod-β-CD and hp-β-CD could be included in n-heptane/AOT/water RMs. However, all of the CDs are incorporated in benzene/BHDC/water RMs at W0 > 10 and hp-β-CD is dissolved even at W0 = 0. Different from what was found in n-heptane/AOT RMs, in BHDC RMs MO showed ICD signals with two different CDs: Mod-β-CD and hp-β-CD. The results are explained by considering the known difference in the interfacial water structure for AOT and BHDC RMs and the electron-rich region on the secondary hydroxyl (wider side of the CDs), which helps to solubilize all CDs in BHDC. This study shows that chiral cyclodextrin could be available for a guest in an organic medium such as the RMs. Therefore we have created a potentially powerful nanoreactor with two different confined regions in the same aggregate: the polar core of the RMs and the chiral hydrophobic cavity of cyclodextrin. PMID:24597759

  18. Microemulsion liquid membranes. I. Application to acetic acid removal from water

    SciTech Connect

    Wiencek, J.M.; Qutubuddin, S. )

    1992-08-01

    A separation technique utilizing nonionic microemulsions as emulsion liquid membranes has been successfully applied to the removal of acetic acid from an aqueous feed phase. The surfactant systems were carefully characterized in order to assure that they were truly microemulsions. The effects of mixing intensity, feed concentration, treat ratio, and microemulsion viscosity on the separation kinetics were investigated. The microemulsions did not typically display leakage and had negligible swell over 5-minute duration. The reversible phase behavior of the microemulsion was utilized to demulsify the liquid membrane phase and recover the acetate ion via a temperature change of approximately 40 C. Material balances closed to within 10% and rates of separation were faster than the sampling rates when the microemulsion was fully dispersed in the aqueous feed phase.

  19. Lecithin-Linker Microemulsion Gelatin Gels for Extended Drug Delivery

    PubMed Central

    Xuan, Xiao-Yue; Cheng, Yu-Ling; Acosta, Edgar

    2012-01-01

    This article introduces the formulation of alcohol-free, lecithin microemulsion-based gels (MBGs) prepared with gelatin as gelling agent. The influence of oil, water, lecithin and hydrophilic and lipophilic additives (linkers) on the rheological properties and appearance of these gels was systematically explored using ternary phase diagrams. Clear MBGs were obtained in regions of single phase microemulsions (μEs) at room temperature. Increasing the water content in the formulation increased the elastic modulus of the gels, while increasing the oil content had the opposite effect. The hydrophilic additive (PEG-6-caprylic/capric glycerides) was shown to reduce the elastic modulus of gelatin gels, particularly at high temperatures. In contrast to anionic (AOT) μEs, the results suggest that in lecithin (nonionic) μEs, the introduction of gelatin “dehydrates” the μE. Finally, when the transdermal transport of lidocaine formulated in the parent μE and the resulting MBG were compared, only a minor retardation in the loading and release of lidocaine was observed. PMID:24300183

  20. Effects of water content and chain length of n-alkane on the interaction enthalpy between the droplets in water/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)-sulfosuccinate/n-alkane microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Fan, Dashuang; Zheng, Peizhu; Ma, Yuanming; Yin, Tianxiang; Zhao, Jihua; Shen, Weiguo

    2015-04-14

    The concentration-dependent enthalpies of mixing for water/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)-sulfosuccinate (AOT)/n-alkane microemulsions with different water contents ω0 and chain lengths n of n-alkane were determined by isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC) and flow-mixing microcalorimetry at 298.15 K and used to calculate the interaction enthalpies (-ΔH(C)) between the droplets. It was found that -ΔH(C) increased with ω0, and changed from negative to positive at about ω0 = 10. The investigation of the dependence of -ΔH(C) on n revealed that the values of -ΔH(C) were negative and had a minimum for ω0 = 5; while they were positive and had a maximum for ω0 = 15. These phenomena were discussed based on the competition of the overlapping contribution of the surfactant tails between two neighbouring droplets and the penetration contribution of the solvent molecules into the surfactant tails. These results indicated the important role of entropy in the stability of the microemulsion systems. PMID:25727484

  1. Structure and Solvent Properties of Microemulsions

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Katz, Civia A.; Calzola, Zachary J.; Mbindyo, Jeremiah K. N.

    2008-01-01

    A microscale laboratory experiment to investigate the formation and utility of microemulsions is described. Microemulsions are technologically important fluids that can reduce the use of toxic organic solvents. In the experiment, students prepare a microemulsion and compare the solubility of sudan III dye in the microemulsion and in dodecane. They…

  2. In situ microemulsion synthesis of hydroxyapatite-MgFe2O4 nanocomposite as a magnetic drug delivery system.

    PubMed

    Foroughi, Firoozeh; Hassanzadeh-Tabrizi, S A; Bigham, Ashkan

    2016-11-01

    In this study, an innovative synthesis process has been developed to produce hydroxyapatite-magnesium ferrite (HA-MgFe2O4) nanocomposite. In addition, the effect of calcination temperature on drug delivery behavior of produced samples was investigated. HA-MgFe2O4 nanocomposite was prepared via one-step modified reverse microemulsion synthesis route. The resulting products were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area analysis (BET). The calcined samples at 500 and 700°C demonstrated mesoporous characteristics and large specific surface areas of 88 and 32m(2)/g, respectively. TEM and VSM results showed that the nanocomposite calcined at 700°C has core-shell morphology and a maximum saturation magnetization of 9.47emug(-1). PMID:27524079

  3. Nucleation and growth mechanism of Pd/Pt bimetallic clusters in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles as studied by in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Chen, Ching-Hsiang; Hwang, Bing-Joe; Wang, Guo-Rung; Sarma, Loka Subramanyam; Tang, Mau-Tsu; Liu, Din-Goa; Lee, Jyh-Fu

    2005-11-24

    We report in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) investigations on the formation of palladium-platinum (Pd/Pt) bimetallic clusters at the early stage within the water-in-oil microemulsion system of water/AOT/n-heptane. The reduction of palladium and platinum ions and the formation of corresponding clusters are monitored as a function of dosage of reducing agent, hydrazine (N(2)H(5)OH). Upon successive addition of the reducing agent, hydrazine (N(2)H(5)OH), five distinguishable steps are observed in the formation process of Pd/Pt clusters at the early stage. Both in situ X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis for both the Pd K-edge and Pt L(III)-edge revealed the formation of Pd/Pt bimetallic clusters. A corresponding structural model is proposed for each step to provide a detailed insight into the nucleation and growth mechanism of Pd/Pt bimetallic clusters. We also discussed the atomic distribution of Pd and Pt atoms in Pd/Pt bimetallic clusters based on the calculated XAS structural parameters. PMID:16853800

  4. Tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene chemiluminescence (TDE CL) characterization of the CMC and the viscosity of reversed microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Huang, Chien-Chang; Hohn, Keith L

    2010-03-01

    A new technique for the characterization of reversed microemulsions based on tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene (TDE) chemiluminescence (CL) has been explored. This method is based on the transport of quenching species from the continuous nonpolar phase to the interior of micelles. The emission intensity of TDE chemiluminescence was measured as a function of time for different concentrations of surfactant. These data were fit as an exponential decay, and the decay constant, k, was found. When k was plotted as a function of surfactant concentration, there was a clear change in the trend with surfactant concentration at a certain concentration; the concentration where this change occurred was concluded to be the critical micelle concentration (CMC). Using this method, the CMC of doctyl sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT) was evaluated in short-chain alkanes (including n-dodecane, n-decane, n-octane, n-heptane, and isooctane), cyclohexane, and mineral oil (light), while the CMCs of sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate (NaDDBs) and Triton X-100 (X-100) were detected in cyclohexane. The CMC values were found to range from 0.61 to 2.10 mM, and they decreased with the carbon chain length of the alkane solvent. In addition, it was found that the emission intensity of TDE chemiluminescence is sensitive to variations in solvent viscosity. TDE CL is suggested as a fluorescent molecular rotor for measuring the viscosity of the system which is nanosized. PMID:20136086

  5. Preparation, characterization, and preliminary antibrowning evaluations of norartocarpetin microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Zheng, Zong-Ping; Dong, Xue; Yuan, Kun; Lan, Shan; Zhu, Qin; Wang, Mingfu; Chen, Jie

    2015-02-11

    Norartocarpetin is a flavone widely distributed in Moraceae plants with strong tyrosinase inhibitory activity. However, its poor solubility in aqueous systems and in food grade solvents (oils) limits its extensive applications. The aim of this study was to improve the solubility of norartocarpetin by developing an oil-in-water (o/w) microemulsion with food grade components. A microemulsion was developed and characterized, and its chemical and physical stabilities were also evaluated within 8 weeks. Using the construction of pseudoternary phase diagrams, the optimized formulation of 2% w/w of ethyl oleate, 12% w/w of Tween 80, 6% w/w of polyethylene glycol 400, and 80% w/w of water was obtained, with a maximum solubility of norartocarpetin up to 1.73 ± 0.21 mg/mL, at least a 1000-fold increase in solubility. The microemulsion base and norartocarpetin-loaded microemulsion were demonstrated to be stable after accelerated and long-term conditions (8 weeks). The norartocarpetin microemulsion still showed strong tyrosinase inhibitory activity and antibrowning effect on fresh-cut apple slices. These combined results indicated that norartocarpetin microemulsion may be suitable as an antibrowning agent for fresh-cut fruits. PMID:25603116

  6. Analytical applications of emulsions and microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Burguera, José Luis; Burguera, Marcela

    2012-07-15

    Dispersion systems like emulsions and microemulsions are able to solubilize both polar and non-polar substances due to the special arrangement of the oil and aqueous phases. The main advantages of using emulsions or microemulsions in analytical chemistry are that they do not require the previous destruction of the sample matrix or the use of organic solvents as diluents, and behave similarly to aqueous solutions, frequently allowing the use of aqueous standard solutions for calibration. However, it appears that there are many contradictory concepts and misunderstandings often related to terms definition when referring to such systems. The main aim of this review is to outline the differences between these two aggregates and to give an overview of the most recent advances on their analytical applications with emphasis on the potentiality of the on-line emulsification processes. PMID:22817921

  7. Solid lipid nanoparticle preparation by a warm microemulsion based process: influence of microemulsion microstructure.

    PubMed

    Fadda, P; Monduzzi, M; Caboi, F; Piras, S; Lazzari, P

    2013-03-25

    Warm microemulsions (WME) containing lipids are used as starting systems to obtain solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) in alternative processes to those based on high pressure homogenization technique. SLN characteristics can be influenced by the microemulsion composition and the specific conditions adopted in the quenching process related to the transformation of WME into nanoparticles. To establish optimized conditions for the production of SLN starting from WME, in a first step of this work we have defined the microstructure of warm microemulsions highlighted in the lecithin (LCT)/water (W)/tripalmitin (TP)/1-butanol (B)/taurocholate sodium salt (ST) phase behavior at 70°C. Moreover, we have further studied the LCT/W/TP/B system by evaluating the effect on the microemulsion area due to the LCT/B weight ratio, the replacement of 1-butanol with different alcohols (ROH), and the addition of taurocholate sodium salt (ST) at different LCT/ST weight ratios. The microstructure of the isotropic phase region obtained in the presence of ST has been characterized by both (1)H NMR PGSE measurements and electrical conductivity. The characteristics of final nanoparticles are discussed taking into account both the microstructure of the parent WME and the conditions of the quenching process leading to SLN. The present results highlight the relevance of the microstructural characteristic of WME to assure the obtainment of SLN with average diameter in the order of 100-2000 nm and narrow size distribution. PMID:23422277

  8. Producing oil-in-water microemulsions from a microemulsion concentrate

    SciTech Connect

    Osterloh, W.T.

    1990-08-07

    This patent describes a method of recovering oil and hydrocarbons with a microemulsion from an underground hydrocarbon formation penetrated by at least one injection well and at least one production well. It comprises: injecting into a hydrocarbon formation through an injection well a homogeneous oil-in-water microemulsion comprised of oil, brine and surfactant; injecting a drive fluid into the formation through the injection well to push the microemulsion towards a production well; and recovering oil, hydrocarbon and other fluids from the production well.

  9. Hierarchically structured bicontinuous polymeric microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Fleury, Guillaume; Bates, Frank S.

    2012-07-24

    We recently described the synthesis and phase behavior of a new type of CECEC-P multiblock copolymer composed of glassy poly(cyclohexylethylene) (C), semicrystalline poly(ethylene) (E), and elastomeric poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) (P) with symmetric (equal volume) CECEC and P sequences (G. Fleury and F. S. Bates, Macromolecules, 2009, 42, 3598-3610). Here we report the formation and characterization of a multicontinuous structure based on the blending of CEC triblock copolymer and P homopolymer with such a hexablock copolymer along the 50:50 (CEC/P) isopleth. These materials produce a sequence of phases that are correlated with the volume fraction of CECEC-P as evidenced by SAXS and TEM measurements. A percolating bicontinuous mesostructure was identified at volume fractions of hexablock copolymer, f{sub CECEC-P} = 0.10 and 0.125, within the composition range known to result in a bicontinuous morphology in A-B/A/B systems. A solid product was formed by cooling the initially homogeneous ternary mixture from above the melting temperature of the E blocks to room temperature. Crystallization of E leads to microphase separation of C and E and simultaneous ejection of P from CEC (and CECEC) at a larger length scale. The mechanical properties of these materials are inferior to what is anticipated based on pure CEC triblock copolymer, attributable to the low molecular weight and irregular structure of the C/E region sequences. Nevertheless, this study establishes a procedure for producing bicontinuous yet structurally asymmetric materials based on the microemulsion process and extends the concept of a microemulsion to multiblock copolymers.

  10. Surface-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy of adsorbates on microemulsion synthesized gold nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    Fasasi, Ayuba; Griffiths, Peter R; Pan, Horng-Bin; Wai, Chien M

    2011-07-01

    Very small (<10 nm) monodisperse gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) coated with a monolayer of decanethiol were prepared and their surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA) spectra were measured in the transmission mode. The AuNPs were prepared by the borohydride reduction of HAuCl(4) inside reverse micelles that were made by adding water to a hexane solution of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT). The gold nanoparticles were then stabilized by the addition of decanethiol. Subsequent addition of p-nitrothiophenol both facilitated the removal of excess AOT and showed that the gold surface was completely covered by the decanethiol. SEIRA spectra of decanethiol on gold particles prepared in AOT microemulsions were about twelve times more intense than corresponding layers on gold produced by electroless deposition and gave a significantly less noisy spectrum compared to the corresponding surface-enhanced Raman spectrum. The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of the same samples showed that the most intense spectrum was obtained from gold nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 2.5 nm. This result is in contrast to previous statements that SERS spectra could only be obtained from particles larger than 10 nm. PMID:21740634

  11. Effect of water-in-oil microemulsions and lamellar liquid crystalline systems on the precorneal tear film of albino New Zealand rabbits

    PubMed Central

    Chan, Judy; Maghraby, Gamal M El; Craig, Jennifer P; Alany, Raid G

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of phase transition water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions (ME) and liquid crystalline systems (LC) on the precorneal tear film (PCTF). The study used six albino NZ rabbits and monitored the integrity and stability of the PCTF before and after instillation of test formulations. The effects were evaluated by assessment of the PCTF lipid layer using interferometry, tear evaporation rate measurements, and indirect estimation of tear volume. Ocular application of test formulations changed the appearance of the PCTF lipid layer, indicating lipid layer disruption. The recovery time was longer in case of ME compared with an aqueous solution (SOL). The tear evaporation rate was increased after application of both ME and LC systems compared with the SOL, with the LC system showing the greatest effect. Tear volume measurement results revealed minimal changes associated with the instillation of both ME systems. Whilst phase transition w/o ME systems can interact with the PCTF lipid layer in albino New Zealand rabbits, their effect on the volume of resident tears was found to be minimal. PMID:19668396

  12. Formation of celecoxib nanoparticles from volatile microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Margulis-Goshen, Katrin; Kesselman, Ellina; Danino, Dganit; Magdassi, Shlomo

    2010-06-30

    A new composition of a fully water-dilutable microemulsion system stabilized by natural surfactants is presented as a template for preparation of celecoxib nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are obtained as a dry powder upon rapid conversion of microemulsion droplets with dissolved celecoxib into nanoparticles, followed by evaporation of all the liquid in a spray dryer. The resultant powder is easily re-dispersible in water to form a clear, transparent dispersion. The celecoxib nanoparticles are amorphous and their average size in the dispersion is 17 nm, in agreement with cryo-TEM results and concentration measurements after filtration. As a result of the nanometric size and amorphous state, about 10-fold increase in dissolution of the powder was obtained, compared to that for particulate celecoxib in the presence of surfactants. PMID:20403417

  13. Sustainable polymerizations in recoverable microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Chen, Zhenzhen; Yan, Feng; Qiu, Lihua; Lu, Jianmei; Zhou, Yinxia; Chen, Jiaxin; Tang, Yishan; Texter, John

    2010-03-16

    Free radical and atom-transfer radical polymerizations were conducted in monomer/ionic liquid microemulsions. After the polymerization and isolation of the resultant polymers, the mixture of the catalyst and ionic liquids (surfactant and continuous phase) can be recovered and reused, thereby dramatically improving the environmental sustainability of such chemical processing. The addition of monomer to recovered ionic liquid mixtures regenerates transparent, stable microemulsions that are ready for the next polymerization cycle upon addition of initiator. The method combines the advantages of IL recycling and microemulsion polymerization and minimizes environmental disposable effects from surfactants and heavy metal ions. PMID:20170175

  14. Electron spin echo modulation study of AOT reverse micelles

    SciTech Connect

    Baglioni, P. ); Nakamura, Hiroshi ); Kevan, L. )

    1991-05-02

    Electron spin echo deuterium modulation studies have been carried out for x-doxylstearic acid spin probes in frozen reversed micellar solutions of sodium bis(2-ethyl-1-hexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT)/isooctane as a function of the water pool size with deuterium located in the isooctane or in the water. The results determine the probe location and conformation in the reverse micelle and the amount of water and isooctane penetration into the AOT interface. Modulation effects due to the interaction of the unpaired electron with deuterated isooctane or deuterated water show that the probes are in an extended conformation and are located at the interface of the reverse micelle. The results obtained are in good agreement with the current view of the structure of AOT reversed micelles in liquids and demonstrate at a molecular level that the micellar structure is retained upon fast freezing.

  15. Evaluation of allowed outage times (AOTs) from a risk and reliability standpoint

    SciTech Connect

    Vesely, W.E. )

    1989-08-01

    This report describes the basic risks which are associated with allowed outage times (AOTs), defines strategies for selecting the risks to be quantified, and describes how the risks can be quantified. The report furthermore describes criteria considerations in determining the acceptability of calculated AOT risks, and discusses the merits of relative risk criteria versus absolute risk criteria. The detailed evaluations which are involved in calculating AOT risks, including uncertainty considerations are also discussed. The report also describes the proper ways that risks from multiple AOTs should be considered so that risks are properly accumulated from proposed multiple AOT changes, but are not double-counted. Generally, average AOT risks which include the frequency of occurrence of the AOT need to be accumulated but single downtime risks don't since they apply to individual AOTs. 8 refs., 22 tabs.

  16. An empirical model for microemulsion phase behavior

    SciTech Connect

    Robertson, S.D.

    1988-08-01

    An empirical model for microemulsion phase behavior has been developed that is based on proper choice of pseudocomponents. Previous attempts to represent phase behavior of surfactant/oil/brine system with three pseudocomponents have been unsuccessful. One of the problems has been salt fractionation between the microemulsion and excess water phases. It was found that through the use of a sulfonate/water pseudocomponenet, this effect could be handled, and the system then exhibited true ternary behavior. When this pseudocomponent was used, a single set of V/sub o//V/sub s/ and V/sub w//V/sub s/-vs.-salinity curves was found to be valid for a wide range of overall compositions. These solubilization-parameter curves were fit with empirical equations, and it is these that comprise the model. The basis for a sulfonate/water pseudocomponent is discussed using electrical double-layer theory. In addition, solubilization-parameter curves generated from spherical microemulsion models are compared with the experimental curves.

  17. Structural effects of the β-vinyl linker in pyridinium porphyrins: spectroscopic studies in organic solvents and AOT reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Vaz Serra, Vanda; Andrade, Suzana M; Silva, Eduarda M P; Silva, Artur M S; Neves, Maria G P M S; Costa, Sílvia M B

    2013-12-01

    Two isomeric β-vinylpyridinium porphyrins, 2-[2-(2-methylpyridinium)vinyl]-5,10,15,20-tetraphenylporphyrin (1, ortho isomer) and 2-[2-(4-methylpyridinium)vinyl]-5,10,15,20-tetraphenylporphyrin (2, para isomer), which have shown different photodynamic behavior were investigated in organic solvents and sodium 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles. In organic systems, the absorption spectra present a red-shifted band that is more intense in the para isomer, in addition to the usual Soret band. This new band presents interesting solvatochromic effects which obey the multiparametric Kamlet-Taft equation. In AOT reverse micelles, the ortho isomer exhibits a strong dependence with the parameter ω0 = [H2O]/[AOT] which indicates that the molecule resides at the interface toward the organic phase. By contrast, no evidence was detected for the encapsulation of para isomer 2 in AOT reverse micelles. The hypothesis of two ground state isomers with different contributions of trans and quinoid structures is advanced on the basis of the overall data collected from electronic absorption, steady-state, and transient-state fluorescence emission. A charge transfer state in which an electron is fully transferred from the porphyrin to the pyridinium moiety is associated to a quinoid structure in isomer 2. The trans/quinoid relative proportions may be accounted for by the orientation of the ortho-/para-pyridinium isomers relatively to the porphyrin core. PMID:24175940

  18. Structural studies of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate/TX-100/ p-xylene ionic liquid microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Gao, Yan'an; Zhang, Jin; Xu, Hongyan; Zhao, Xueyan; Zheng, Liqiang; Li, Xinwei; Yu, Li

    2006-07-17

    The ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF4) forms nonaqueous microemulsions with p-xylene, with the aid of the nonionic surfactant TX-100. The phase behavior of the ternary system is investigated, and three microregions of the microemulsions-ionic liquid-in-oil (IL/O), bicontinuous, and oil-in-ionic liquid (O/IL)-are identified by conductivity measurements, according to percolation theory. On the basis of a phase diagram, a series of IL/O microemulsions are chosen and characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS). The size of aggregates increases on increasing the amount of added polar component (bmimBF(4)), which is a similar phenomenon to that observed for typical water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions, suggesting the formation of IL/O microemulsions. The microstructural characteristics of the microemulsions are investigated by FTIR and 1H NMR spectroscopy. The results indicate that the interaction between the electronegative oxygen atoms of the oxyethylene (OE) units in TX-100 and the electropositive imidazolium ring may be the driving force for the solubilization of bmimBF4 into the core of the TX-100 aggregates. In addition, the micropolarity of the microemulsions is investigated by using methyl orange (MO) as a UV/Vis spectroscopic probe. A relatively constant polarity of the microemulsion droplets is obtained in the IL microemulsion. Finally, a plausible structure for the IL/O microemulsion is presented. PMID:16789041

  19. Oil-in-water microemulsion globules as carriers of lipophilic substances across liquid membranes

    SciTech Connect

    Xenakis, A.; Tondre, C.

    1983-11-10

    The carrier properties of microemulsion droplets were investigated by using biphasic systems of the Winsor I type (constituted of an oil-phase floating on the top of an oil-in-water microemulsion phase). The systems investigated were constituted of sodium dodecyl sulfate/1-pentanol/n-dodecane/ (or brine). The microemulsion was used as a liquid membrane between 2 oil phases (a source phase and a receiving phase) and the rate of transfer of neutral arenes (pyrene, perylene, and anthracene), practically insoluble in the water continuous phase of the microemulsion, was determined from ultraviolet spectrophotometric measurements. The influence of different parameters on the transported solutes was studied: initial concentration of solute in the source phase, composition of the microemulsion, salt concentration. The results are shown to be consistent with a model in which the diffusion of droplets is coupled with a fast solubilization-desolubilization process and other possible mechanisms are critically examined. 32 references.

  20. Terpene microemulsions for transdermal curcumin delivery: effects of terpenes and cosurfactants.

    PubMed

    Liu, Chi-Hsien; Chang, Fu-Yen; Hung, De-Kai

    2011-01-01

    Microemulsion systems composed of terpenes, polysorbate 80, cosurfactants, and water were investigated as transdermal delivery vehicles for curcumin. Pseudoternary phase diagrams of three terpenes (limonene, 1,8-cineole, and α-terpineol) at a constant surfactant/cosurfactant ratio (1:1) were constructed to illustrate their phase behaviors. Limonene combined with cosurfactants like ethanol, isopropanol, and propylene glycol were employed as microemulsion ingredients to study their potential for transdermal curcumin delivery. The transdermal delivery efficacy and skin retention of curcumin were evaluated using neonate pig skin mounted on a Franz diffusion cell. The curcumin permeation rates in the limonene microemulsion studied were 30- and 44-fold higher than those of 1,8-cineole and α-terpineol microemulsions, respectively. Significant effects on the skin permeation rates were observed from microemulsions containing different limonene/water contents. Histological examination of treated skin was performed to investigate the change of skin morphologies. Characteristics such as droplet size, conductivity, interfacial tension, and viscosity were analyzed to understand the physicochemical properties of the transdermal microemulsions. In conclusion, microemulsions loaded with curcumin were successfully optimized for transdermal delivery after screening various terpenes, cosurfactants, and limonene/water ratios. These results indicate that the limonene microemulsion system is a promising tool for the percutaneous delivery of curcumin. PMID:20828994

  1. A novel topical targeting system of caffeine microemulsion for inhibiting UVB-induced skin tumor: characterization, optimization, and evaluation.

    PubMed

    Ma, Huixian; Yu, Meng; Lei, Mingzhu; Tan, Fengping; Li, Nan

    2015-08-01

    The purpose of the present study was to develop an optimal microemulsion (ME) formulation as topical nanocarrier of caffeine (CAF) to enhance CAF skin retention and subsequently improve its therapeutic effect on UVB-induced skin carcinogenesis. The pseudo-ternary phase diagram was developed composing of Labrafil M 1944 CS as oil phase, Cremophor EL as surfactant, tetraglycol as cosurfactant, and water. Four ME formulations at water content of 50, 60, 70, and 80% were prepared along the water dilution line of oil to surfactant ratio of 1:3 and characterized in terms of morphology, droplet size, and electric conductivity. A gel at the same drug loads (1%, w/w) was used as control. Ex vivo skin permeation studies were conducted for ME optimization. The optimized formulation (ME4) was composed of 5% (w/w) Labrafil M 1944 CS, 15% (w/w) Smix (2/1, Cremophor EL and tetraglycol), and 80% (w/w) aqueous phase. The skin location amount of CAF from ME4 was nearly 3-fold higher than control (P < 0.05) with improved permeated amount through the skin. The skin targeting localization of hydrophilic substance from ME4 was further visualized through fluorescent-labeled ME by a confocal laser scanning microscope. In pharmacodynamics studies, CAF-loaded ME4 was superior in terms of increasing apoptotic sunburn cells (P < 0.05) as compared with control. Overall results suggested that the ME4 might be a promising vehicle for the topical delivery of CAF. PMID:25591953

  2. Bicontinuous Polymeric Microemulsions from Polydisperse Diblock Copolymers

    SciTech Connect

    Ellison, Christopher J.; Meuler, Adam J.; Qin, Jian; Evans, Christopher M.; Wolf, Lynn M.; Bates, Frank S.

    2009-06-12

    Polymeric bicontinuous microemulsions are thermodynamically stable structures typically formed by ternary blends of immiscible A and B homopolymers and a macromolecular surfactant such as an AB diblock copolymer. Investigations of these bicontinuous morphologies have largely focused on model systems in which all components have narrow molecular weight distributions. Here we probe the effects of AB diblock polydispersity in ternary blends of polystyrene (PS), polyisoprene (PI), and poly(styrene-b-isoprene) (PS-PI). Three series of blends were prepared using the same PS and PI homopolymers; two of them contain nearly monodisperse components while the third includes a polydisperse PS-PI diblock. The PS and PI homopolymers and two of the PS-PI diblocks were prepared by anionic polymerization using sec-butyllithium and have narrow molecular weight distributions. The polydisperse PS-PI diblock was prepared by anionic polymerization using the functional organolithium 3-tert-butyldimethylsilyloxy-1-propyllithium; this diblock has a polydisperse PS block (M{sub w}/M{sub n} = 1.57) and a nearly monodisperse PI block (Mw/Mn < 1.1). The phase behavior of the three series of blends was probed using a combination of dynamic mechanical spectroscopy, small-angle X-ray scattering, and cloud point measurements, and a bicontinuous microemulsion channel was identified in each system. These results prove that monodisperse components are not required to form bicontinuous microemulsions and highlight the utility of polydispersity as a tool to tune polymer blend phase behavior. The random-phase approximation, originally advanced by de Gennes, and self-consistent field theory are used to provide a theoretical supplement to the experimental work. These theories are able to predict the directions of the polydispersity-driven shifts in domain spacing, order-disorder transition temperatures, and the location of the microemulsion channel. Self-consistent field theory is also used in conjunction

  3. Liquid Crystalline Microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Huang, Chien-Yueh; Petschek, Rolfe G.

    2000-03-01

    If an isotropic component of an emulsion is replaced by one having liquid crystalline (e.g. nematic) order the equilibrium behavior can change dramatically. There are long range enthalpic effects which can result in either repulsive or attractive interactions between the surfaces of an emulsion and entropic effects which generally result in an attractive interaction between these surfaces. We review briefly the possibility of stable blue-phase like microemulsions in mixtures of chiral nematics, appropriate surfactants and an incompatible isotropic solvent. We discuss the entropic effects in a lamellar phase, including the effects of changes in elastic constants and surface-nematic coupling. The effects of fluctuations on blue phases will be briefly discussed.

  4. Solubilisation of triolein by microemulsions containing C12E4/hexadecane/water: equilibrium and dynamics.

    PubMed

    Garrett, Peter R; Carr, Denise; Giles, Dennis; Pierre-Louis, Gina; Staples, Edward; Miller, Clarence A; Chen, Bing-Hung

    2008-09-15

    Increasing triolein content of oil-in-water microemulsions in the pure C(12)E(4)/water/n-hexadecane/triolein system while maintaining a fixed surfactant concentration and volume fraction of drops raises the temperature of the solubilisation boundary, where excess oil separates, but has only a slight effect on the (higher) cloud point temperature, where excess water appears. Thus, the temperature range of the single-phase microemulsion shrinks and ultimately disappears. When such microemulsions are in equilibrium with excess oil, the hexadecane/triolein ratio is greater in the microemulsion, probably because the larger triolein molecules are unable to penetrate the hydrocarbon chain region of the surfactant films of the microemulsion droplets. Indeed, monolayer studies and calculations based on microemulsion and excess oil compositions indicate that the films have minimal triolein and similar ratios of hexadecane to surfactant. Triolein drops brought into contact with hexadecane-in-water microemulsions first swell as they incorporate hexadecane, then shrink owing to solubilisation. Interfacial tension decreases during this process until it becomes almost constant near 0.01 mN m(-1), suggesting that the drops in the final stages of solubilisation have high hexadecane contents. A microemulsion containing 10 wt% C(12)E(4) and 15 wt% hexadecane was able to remove over 50% of triolein from polyester fabric at 25 degrees C, more than twice that removed by an oil-free solution with the same surfactant concentration in similar experiments. PMID:18597762

  5. Preparation and evaluation of ibuprofen-loaded microemulsion for improvement of oral bioavailability.

    PubMed

    Hu, Liandong; Yang, Jianxue; Liu, Wei; Li, Li

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of the current study was to improve the solubility of ibuprofen, a poorly water-soluble drug, in a microemulsion system that is suitable for oral administration. Microemulsion was prepared using different sorts of oils, surfactants, and co-surfactants. Pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were used to evaluate the microemulsion domain. The formulations were characterized by solubility of the drug in the vehicle, droplet size, and drug release. The optimal formulation consists of 17% Labrafil M 1944CS, 28% Cremophor RH40/Transcutol P (3:1, w/w), and 55% water, with a maximum solubility of ibuprofen up to 60.3 mg/ml. The mean droplet size of microemulsion was 57 nm. The pharmacokinetic study of microemulsion was performed in rats and compared with granule formulation. The microemulsion has significantly increased the C(max) and area under the curve (AUC) compared to that of the granule (p < 0.05). The relative bioavailability of ibuprofen in microemulsions was 1.9-fold higher than that of the granule. These results indicated that this novel microemulsion is a useful formulation for enhancing the oral bioavailability of ibuprofen. PMID:20942639

  6. Unified classical and molecular thermodynamic theory of spherical water-in-oil microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Peck, D.G.; Schechter, R.S.; Johnston, K.P. )

    1991-11-14

    A unified classical and molecular thermodynamic model is developed in order to predict the phase behavior and interfacial properties of spherical water-in-oil microemulsions. A modified Flory-Krigbaum theory is used to describe the interactions between the surfactant tails and solvent, while the ionic head-group interactions are treated with the Poisson-Boltzman equation. The interfacial tension and the bending moment of the interface are calculated explicitly. These values are incorporated into a classical thermodynamic framework that is forced to satisfy the Gibbs adsorption equation on the interface, guaranteeing thermodynamic consistency. Given a surfactant molecular architecture, the model predicts the size of microemulsion droplets as a function of the chain length of the alkene solvent. For bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT) in the solvents propane through decane, the calculated trends agree with experiment and are explained mechanistically at the molecular level. The microemulsion radius increases for the solvents pentane through propane, an unusual behavior that is explained theoretically.

  7. Effect of temperature on the enthalpies of formation of water- o-xylene-Triton X-100 microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Batov, D. V.; Kartsev, V. N.; Shtykov, S. N.

    2013-03-01

    Enthalpies of solution for water- o-xylene-Triton X-100 (TX-100) microemulsions and their components in 2-propanol are determined thermochemically at 288.15, 298.15, and 313.15 K. Enthalpies of formation for the microemulsions are calculated using a thermochemical cycle. It is shown that the enthalpies of formation are negative and fall in moving from water/oil microemulsions to oil/water microemulsions. The obtained data show that strong molecular interactions between components in the investigated systems favor the formation of thermodynamically stable microemulsions. It is concluded that the spontaneous formation of the microemulsions can be due to both the entropy and enthalpy contributions to the change in free energy.

  8. Structure of reverse microemulsion-templated metal hexacyanoferrate nanoparticles

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    The droplet phase of a reverse microemulsion formed by the surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium ferrocyanide was used as a matrix to synthesize nanoparticles of nickel hexacyanoferrate by adding just a solution of NiCl2 to the microemulsion media. Dynamic light scattering and small-angle neutron scattering measurements show that the reverse microemulsion droplets employed have a globular structure, with sizes that depend on water content. Transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction are used to obtain information about the structure of the synthesized nanoparticles. The results show that the size and shape of the coordination compound nanoparticles correspond with the size and shape of the droplets, suggesting that the presented system constitutes an alternative method of the synthesis of metal hexacyanoferrate nanoparticles. PMID:22264404

  9. Microparticles with bimodal nanoporosity derived by microemulsion templating.

    PubMed

    Carroll, Nick J; Pylypenko, Svitlana; Atanassov, Plamen B; Petsev, Dimiter N

    2009-12-01

    Oil, water, and surfactant liquid mixtures exhibit very complex phase behavior. Depending on the conditions, such mixtures give rise to highly organized structures. A proper selection of the type and concentration of surfactants determines the structuring at the nanoscale level. In this Article, we show that hierarchically bimodal porous structures can be obtained by templating silica microparticles with a specially designed surfactant micelle/microemulsion mixture. Tuning the phase state by adjusting the surfactant composition and concentration allows for the controlled design of a system where microemulsion droplets coexist with smaller surfactant micellar structures. The microemulsion droplet and micellar dimensions determine the two types of pore sizes. We also demonstrate the fabrication of carbon and carbon/platinum replicas of the silica microspheres using a "lost-wax" approach. Such particles have great potential for the design of electrocatalysts for fuel cells, chromatography separations, and other applications. PMID:19928946

  10. Applications of NMR in the characterization of pharmaceutical microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Hathout, Rania M; Woodman, Timothy J

    2012-07-10

    Microemulsions have successfully proven themselves as useful vehicles for drugs through the different routes of administration because they can confer on drugs greater water solubility and bioavailability. The ability to understand the structural aspects of these important drug delivery systems is essential to the progress of this science. The use of NMR techniques in pharmaceutical and drug delivery science is increasing especially in the characterization field. This review demonstrates the major and novel NMR methods and techniques used in understanding and characterizing the different microemulsion components, types and structures. PMID:22579644

  11. Polymer-induced transient networks in water-in-oil microemulsions studied by small-angle x-ray and dynamic light scattering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Blochowicz, T.; Gögelein, C.; Spehr, T.; Müller, M.; Stühn, B.

    2007-10-01

    We study water-in-oil microemulsions, in particular dispersions of water droplets coated with a monolayer of the anionic surfactant AOT in a continuous phase of n -decane. Upon addition of the amphiphilic triblock copolymer PEO(polyethylenoxide)-PI(polyisoprene)-PEO, a transient network is formed. At constant droplet size we vary the polymer concentration and there is clear evidence for an increasing crosslinking of the droplets from structural investigations with small-angle x-ray scattering. The dynamics of concentration fluctuations consisting of the translational diffusion of the droplets and the relaxation of the network are monitored with photon correlation spectroscopy. We mainly focus on the variation of the dynamic behavior as a function of the number of polymer molecules per droplet and the droplet volume fraction, which may be taken as a measure for the interdroplet distance. With increasing polymer content the dynamics of the system slows down and three different relaxation processes may be distinguished. We discuss the origin of the different relaxation modes. In particular, it turns out that the intermediate relaxation mode may be suppressed by index matching the oil matrix and the PI block and that it is effectively slowed down by an additional loading of the emulsion droplets with polyethylene glycol of increasing molecular weight.

  12. Microemulsion-loaded hydrogel formulation of butenafine hydrochloride for improved topical delivery.

    PubMed

    Pillai, Anilkumar B; Nair, Jyothilaksmi V; Gupta, Nishant Kumar; Gupta, Swati

    2015-09-01

    Topical microemulsion systems for the antifungal drug, butenafine hydrochloride (BTF) were designed and developed to overcome the problems associated with the cutaneous delivery due to poor water solubility. The solubility of BTF in oils, surfactants and co-surfactants was evaluated to screen the components of the microemulsion. Isopropyl palmitate was used as the oil phase, aerosol OT as the surfactant and sorbitan monooleate as co-surfactant. The pseudoternary diagrams were constructed to identify the area of microemulsion existence and optimum systems were designed. The systems were assessed for drug-loading efficiency and characterized for pH, robustness to dilution, globule size, drug content and stability. Viscosity analysis, spreadability, drug content assay, ex vivo skin permeation study and antifungal activity assay were performed for the optimized microemulsion-loaded hydrogel. The optimized BTF microemulsion had a small and uniform globule size. The incorporation of microemulsion system into Carbopol 940 gel was found to be better as compared to sodium alginate or hydroxyl propyl methyl cellulose (HPMC K4 M) gel. The developed gel has shown better ex vivo skin permeation and antifungal activity when compared to marketed BTF cream. Thus, the results provide a basis for the successful delivery of BTF from microemulsion-loaded hydrogel formulation, which resulted in improved penetration of drug and antifungal activity in comparison with commercial formulation of BTF. PMID:26006164

  13. Measuring Size, Size Distribution, and Polydispersity of Water-in-Oil Microemulsion Droplets using Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy: Comparison to Dynamic Light Scattering.

    PubMed

    Khan, Mohammad Firoz; Singh, Moirangthem Kiran; Sen, Sobhan

    2016-02-11

    Water-in-oil microemulsion droplets (MEDs) are thermodynamically stable supramolecular structures formed in a mixture of water and oil, stabilized by surfactant layer. Here we use fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) to measure the diffusion, and the size, size distribution, and polydispersity of MEDs prepared in ternary mixtures of water/oil/sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in heptane, isooctane, and nonane at (near) single droplet level. We compare FCS data directly to dynamic light scattering (DLS) data, which shows that the optical matching point (OMP) conditions of MEDs in different oils (where excess optical polarizability of droplets vanish) severely influence DLS data, while FCS extracts the accurate size, size distribution, and polydispersity of AOT-MEDs in all three oils. This suggests that extreme precaution must be taken in acquiring and explaining DLS data of MEDs in solution. FCS data show nearly identical W0-dependent (peak) size variations of AOT-MEDs in all three oils, though a subtle increase in (average) polydispersity of droplets is observed with increase in carbon chain length of oils. Establishing the accuracy of FCS data for AOT-MEDs, we further apply FCS to measure the size parameters of MEDs prepared in a quaternary mixture of water/oil/cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/1-butanol in hexane, heptane, and isooctane. Unlike AOT-MEDs, FCS data show substantial effect of added cosurfactant (1-butanol) and external oil on size, size distribution and polydispersity of quaternary CTAB-MEDs. Analysis of size distributions reveals large variation of polydispersity which possibly indicates the existence of larger shape heterogeneity, together with size heterogeneity, of CTAB-MEDs compared to AOT-MEDs in solution. PMID:26784288

  14. Microemulsions for Colorectal Cancer Treatments. General Considerations and Formulation of Methotrexate.

    PubMed

    Flores, Sergio E; Rial-Hermida, M Isabel; Ramirez, Jorge C; Pazos, Alejandro; Concheiro, Angel; Alvarez-Lorenzo, Carmen; Peralta, René D

    2016-01-01

    Microemulsions combine the advantages of emulsions with those of nanocarriers, overcoming the stability problems of the former and providing facile scalable systems with compartments adequate for high drug loadings. Recently, microemulsions are gaining attention in the formulation of anticancer drugs not only for topical treatment, but also for systemic delivery as well as for the development of theranostic systems. The aim of this paper is two-fold. First, an updated review about general features, preparation, characterization and pharmaceutical applications, with a special focus on colorectal cancer, is provided. Second, a case study of formulation of methotrexate in microemulsions is presented. Various essential oils (menthol, trans-anethole, α-tocopherol) and surfactants (TPGS-1000, Maxemul 6112, Noigen RN-20) were investigated for the preparation of o/w microemulsions for the delivery of methotrexate, and the ability of methotrexate-loaded microemulsions to inhibit cancer cell growth was then evaluated. Disregarding the surfactants used, menthol and trans-anethole led to cytotoxic microemulsions, whereas α-tocopherol based-formulations induced cell proliferation. These findings highlight the role that the oily component may play in the efficacy and safety of the microemulsions. PMID:26349496

  15. Rheology and flow-induced structure in a polystyrene-polyisoprene biocontinuous microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Brinker, Kristin

    2005-03-01

    Polymer bicontinuous microemulsions are blends of immiscible polymers compatibilized with diblock copolymer in such a way as to produce an equilibrium interconnected morphology. Previous experiments on a microemulsion of poly(ethyl ethylene) (PEE) and poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) have revealed a fascinating array of rheological and flow-induced structural phenomena. We have prepared a new microemulsion sample from low molecular weight polystyrene (PS) and polyisoprene (PI) and their corresponding block copolymer. Despite the fact that the constituent homopolymers are strictly Newtonian, the microemulsion exhibits substantial viscoelasticity associated with flow-induced deformation of the supramolecular organization. The linear viscoelastic properties of the PS-PI microemulsion closely resemble those previously found in the PEE- PDMS system. Under even fairly weakly nonlinear flow conditions, the PS-PI microemulsion exhibits a flow-induced phase transition. In situ small-angle x-ray scattering is used to probe both the flow-induced deformation of the equilibrium microemulsion structure as well as the onset and development of a flow-induced bulk phase separation. The higher suscepibility of the PS-PI system to phase separation may be related to a higher viscosity contrast between its constituents and those in the previously studied PEE-PDMS system.

  16. In Situ Lipidization as a New Approach for the Design of a Self Microemulsifying Drug Delivery System (SMEDDS) of Doxorubicin Hydrochloride for Oral Administration.

    PubMed

    Derajram M Benival, M; Devarajan, Padma V

    2015-05-01

    The present paper reports in situ lipidization as a novel approach for the design of Dox-self microemulsifying drug delivery system (SMEDDS). Dox-aerosol OT (AOT) ion pair complex (lipidized Dox), exhibited high log P value of 1.74, indicating lipophilic nature. The lipidized Dox revealed good solubility but limited stability in various oils. Rapid complex formation of Dox with AOT dissolved in oils, and the high partitioning of lipidized Dox (-90%) into the oily phase presented in situ lipidization as a strategy to overcome the limited chemical stability of lipidized Dox. SMEDDS was prepared by mixing the lipidizing agent AOT, the surfactant α-Tocopheryl-Polyethyleneglycol-1 000-Succinate (TPGS) and Capmul as the oil. Dox was suspended in the SMEDDS to obtain Dox-SMEDDS. Dox-SMEDDS on aqueous dilution, resulted in a microemulsion with globule size 196 ± 16.56 nm, and revealed slow release of Dox. Oral bioavailability study in rats revealed a 420% enhancement from Dox-SMEDDS compared to Dox solution. Dox-SMEDDS and control group revealed comparable superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels in heart and kidneys suggesting safety of the Dox-SMEDDS. Efficacy study (tumor size reduction) in fibrosarcoma mouse model suggested Dox-SMEDDS as a promising oral delivery system for the treatment of cancer. In situ lipidization of Dox in SMEDDS presents a novel approach for the design of an orally bioavailable and promising formulation of Dox for oral administration. PMID:26390522

  17. Rate of Molecular Transfer of Allyl Alcohol across an AOT Surfactant Layer Using Muon Spin Spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Jayasooriya, Upali A; Clayden, Nigel J; Steytler, David C; Oganesyan, Vasily S; Peck, Jamie N T; Khasanov, Rustem; Scheuermann, Robert; Stoykov, Alexey

    2016-01-26

    The transfer rate of a probe molecule across the interfacial layer of a water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsion was investigated using a combination of transverse field muon spin rotation (TF-μSR), avoided level crossing muon spin resonance (ALC-μSR), and Monte Carlo simulations. Reverse microemulsions consist of nanometer-sized water droplets dispersed in an apolar solvent separated by a surfactant monolayer. Although the thermodynamic, static model of these systems has been well described, our understanding of their dynamics is currently incomplete. For example, what is the rate of solute transfer between the aqueous and apolar solvents, and how this is influenced by the structure of the interface? With an appropriate choice of system and probe molecule, μSR offers a unique opportunity to directly probe these interfacial transfer dynamics. Here, we have employed a well characterized w/o microemulsion stabilized by bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (Aerosol OT), with allyl alcohol (CH2═CH-CH2-OH, AA) as the probe. Resonances due to both muoniated radicals, CMuH2-C*H-CH2-OH and C*H2-CHMu-CH2-OH, were observed with the former being the dominant species. All resonances displayed solvent dependence, with those in the microemulsion observed as a single resonance located at intermediate magnetic fields to those present in either of the pure solvents. Observation of a single resonance is strong evidence for interfacial transfer being in the fast exchange limit. Monte Carlo calculations of the ΔM = 0 ALC resonances are consistent with the experimental data, indicating exchange rates greater than 10(9) s(-1), placing the rate of interfacial transfer at the diffusion limit. PMID:26716949

  18. Effect of a microemulsion system on hapten-peptide reactivity studies: examples of hydroxycitronellal and citral, fragrance skin sensitizers, with glutathione.

    PubMed

    Merckel, Fabien; Bernard, Guillaume; Mutschler, Julien; Giménez-Arnau, Elena; Gerberick, G Frank; Lepoittevin, Jean-Pierre

    2010-09-20

    In chemico methods, based on the assessment of hapten reactivity toward peptides, have been proposed as alternative methods for the assessment of the skin sensitizing potential of chemicals. However, even if these approaches seem very promising, a major drawback inherent to most in vitro methods is the poor water solubility of many organic molecules in aqueous media. Thus, semiorganic media based on buffer solutions and organic cosolvents such as ethanol or acetonitrile have been proposed, but a narrow equilibrium should be found between the peptide and chemical solubilities. Microemulsions have been shown to be very valuable when reacting a lipophilic organic compound soluble in hydrophobic media with a very hydrophilic organic substance insoluble in most organic solvents. However, the reaction rate between polar and apolar reactants can be influenced, in some cases, by the use of microemulsions. On the basis of NMR experiments, we have compared the reactivity of hydroxycitronellal 1 and citral 2, two weak fragrance sensitizers of major clinical relevance, toward glutathione used as a model nucleophile in a water/acetonitrile 2:1 mixture and in a microemulsion based on chloroform/water/tert-butanol/sodium dodecylsulphate. Hydroxycitronellal and citral were found to react with the thiol group of glutathione to form, in both media, identical adducts, but the observed reaction rates were found to be different. In the case of hydroxycitronellal, the observed reaction rate of glutathione addition on the aldehyde was found to be about three times higher in the microemulsion compared to the classical semiorganic mixture. In the case of citral, the situation was more complex as the Michael addition of glutathione on the conjugated double bond was found to be significantly faster in the classical semiorganic mixture, while the subsequent reaction of a second glutathione molecule on the aldehyde was found to be faster in the microemulsion. This chloroform

  19. Cremophor RH40-PEG 400 microemulsions as transdermal drug delivery carrier for ketoprofen.

    PubMed

    Ngawhirunpat, Tanasait; Worachun, Narumon; Opanasopit, Praneet; Rojanarata, Theerasak; Panomsuk, Suwannee

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to prepare novel microemulsion for transdermal drug delivery of ketoprofen (KP). The microemulsion composed of ketoprofen as model drug, isopropyl myristate (IPM) as oil phase, surfactant mixture consisting of polyoxyl 40 hydrogenated castor oil (Cremophor RH40) as surfactant and polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400) as co-surfactant at the ratio 1:1, and water were prepared. The viscosity, droplet size, pH, conductivity of microemulsions, and skin permeation of KP through shed snake skin were evaluated. The particle size, pH, viscosity and conductivity of microemulsions were in the range of 114-210 nm, 6.3-6.8, 124-799 cPs and 1-45 µS/cm, respectively. The ratio of IPM, and surfactant mixture played the important role in the skin permeation of KP microemulsions. As the amount of surfactant mixture and IPM increased, the skin permeation of KP decreased. The formulation composed of 30% IPM, 45% surfactant mixture and 25% water showed the highest skin permeation flux. The incorporation of terpenes in the 2.5% KP microemulsions resulted in significant enhancement in skin permeation of KP. The rank order of enhancement ratio for skin permeation enhancement of terpenes was α-pinene > limonene > menthone. The results suggested that the novel microemulsion system containing IPM, water, Cremophor RH40:PEG400 and terpenes can be applied for using as a transdermal drug delivery carrier. PMID:22023398

  20. Sensing behaviors of polypyrrole nanotubes prepared in reverse microemulsions: effects of transducer size and transduction mechanism.

    PubMed

    Yoon, Hyeonseok; Chang, Mincheol; Jang, Jyongsik

    2006-07-27

    Polypyrrole (PPy) nanotubes with different diameters were readily fabricated using cylindrical micelle templates in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse microemulsions. Interestingly, Raman spectroscopy and ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy revealed that the PPy nanotubes with smaller diameters had a more extended conjugation length as well as a higher oxidation level. The PPy nanotubes were deposited onto a microelectrode array and were exposed to chemical vapor and electromagnetic radiation: typically, NH(3) vapor and UV light were chosen. The electrical response of PPy nanotubes to two different kinds of analytes was strongly dependent on their diameters. Moreover, since the small dimensions of PPy nanotubes facilitated the interaction between nanotubes and analytes, the PPy nanotube sensors showed conspicuously enhanced responses compared with conventional PPy. PMID:16854102

  1. Antinociceptive activity of Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol non-ionic microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Lazzari, P; Fadda, P; Marchese, G; Casu, G L; Pani, L

    2010-06-30

    Delta(9)-Tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta(9)-THC), the major psychoactive constituent of Cannabis sativa L., has been widely studied for its potential pharmaceutical application in the treatment of various diseases and disturbs. This sparingly soluble terpeno-phenolic compound is not easy to handle and to be formulated in pharmaceutical preparations. The aim of this work was to develop a stable aqueous Delta(9)-THC formulation acceptable for different ways of administration, and to evaluate the therapeutic properties of the new Delta(9)-THC based preparation for pain treatment. Due to the thermodynamic stability and advantages of microemulsion based systems, the study was focused on the identification of aqueous microemulsion based systems containing Delta(9)-THC. Oil in water Delta(9)-THC microemulsions were individuated through phase diagrams construction, using the non-ionic surfactant Solutol HS15, being this surfactant acceptable for parenteral administration in human. A selected microemulsion samples containing 0.2 wt% of Delta(9)-THC, stable up to 52 degrees C, was successfully assayed on animal models of pain. Significant antinociceptive activity has been detected by both intraperitoneal and intragastric administration of the new Delta(9)-THC pharmaceutical preparation. The effect has been highlighted in shorter time if compared to a preparation of the same active principle based on previously reported conventional preparation. PMID:20399844

  2. Interesterification and synthesis by Candida cylindracea lipase in microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Bello, M; Thomas, D; Legoy, M D

    1987-07-15

    Unusual reactions of interesterification and synthesis catalyzed by Candida cylindracea lipase have been tested in reverse microemulsions. The microemulsions used are made of fatty acids or triglycerides, the enzyme dissolved in a very low water quantity, Brij 35 used as surfactant and an alcoholic cosurfactant. In such a system, fats and alcohols are both the substrates of the enzyme and the microemulsion components. Incidentally, non specific Candida cylindracea lipase does not catalyze interesterification of short chain triglycerides, revealing a specificity for the chain length. Interesterification reactions tested in the presence of a given water quantity but with varying water activities show that it is the water activity and not the water quantity which is a fundamental parameter of the system. The effect of the surfactant (Brij 35) on the interesterification reaction is studied. Heptyl-oleate synthesis catalyzed by non-specific lipase is obtained in microemulsions at a 98% yield. Synthesis of glycerol esters is also tested in monophasic medium and mono and diglycerides are obtained. PMID:3606623

  3. Studies on the kinetics of killing and the proposed mechanism of action of microemulsions against fungi.

    PubMed

    Al-Adham, Ibrahim S I; Ashour, Hana; Al-Kaissi, Elham; Khalil, Enam; Kierans, Martin; Collier, Phillip J

    2013-09-15

    Microemulsions are physically stable oil/water clear dispersions, spontaneously formed and thermodynamically stable. They are composed in most cases of water, oil, surfactant and cosurfactant. Microemulsions are stable, self-preserving antimicrobial agents in their own right. The observed levels of antimicrobial activity associated with microemulsions may be due to the direct effect of the microemulsions themselves on the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane. The aim of this work is to study the growth behaviour of different microbes in presence of certain prepared physically stable microemulsion formulae over extended periods of time. An experiment was designed to study the kinetics of killing of a microemulsion preparation (17.3% Tween-80, 8.5% n-pentanol, 5% isopropyl myristate and 69.2% sterile distilled water) against selected test microorganisms (Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Rhodotorula spp.). Secondly, an experiment was designed to study the effects of the microemulsion preparation on the cytoplasmic membrane structure and function of selected fungal species by observation of 260 nm component leakage. Finally, the effects of the microemulsion on the fungal membrane structure and function using S. pombe were studied using transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that the prepared microemulsions are stable, effective antimicrobial systems with effective killing rates against C. albicans, A. niger, S. pombe and Rhodotorula spp. The results indicate a proposed mechanism of action of significant anti-membrane activity, resulting in the gross disturbance and dysfunction of the cytoplasmic membrane structure which is followed by cell wall modifications, cytoplasmic coagulation, disruption of intracellular metabolism and cell death. PMID:23830945

  4. Emerging role of microemulsions in cosmetics.

    PubMed

    Azeem, Adnan; Rizwan, Mohammad; Ahmad, Farhan J; Khan, Zeenat I; Khar, Roop K; Aqil, Mohammed; Talegaonkar, Sushama

    2008-01-01

    Microemulsions represent a promising carrier system for cosmetic active ingredients due to their numerous advantages over the existing conventional formulations. They are capable of solubilizing both hydrophilic and lipophilic ingredients with relatively higher encapsulation. There is growing recognition of their potential benefits in the field of cosmetic science in addition to the drug delivery. They are now being widely investigated for preparing personal care products with superior features such as having improved product efficiency, stability or appearance. They are well suited for the preparation of various cosmetic products for use as moisturizing and soothing agents, as sunscreens, as antiperspirants and as body cleansing agents. They are also valuable for use in hair care compositions which ensure a good conditioning of the hair as well as good hair feel and hair gloss. They have also found application in after shave formulations which upon application to the skin provide reduced stinging and irritation and a comforting effect without tackiness. These newer formulations elicit very good cosmetic attributes and high hydration properties with rapid cutaneous penetration which may accentuate their role in topical products. These smart systems are also suitable for perfuming purposes where minimum amount of organic solvents is required, such as for perfuming skin or hair. This article highlights the recent innovations in the field of microemulsion technology as claimed by different patents which can bring unique products with great commercial prospects in a very competitive and lucrative global cosmetic market. PMID:19075913

  5. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy: an efficient tool for measuring size, size-distribution and polydispersity of microemulsion droplets in solution.

    PubMed

    Pal, Nibedita; Dev Verma, Sachin; Singh, Moirangthem Kiran; Sen, Sobhan

    2011-10-15

    Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) is an ideal tool for measuring molecular diffusion and size under extremely dilute conditions. However, the power of FCS has not been utilized to its best to measure diffusion and size parameters of complex chemical systems. Here, we apply FCS to measure the size, and, most importantly, the size distribution and polydispersity of a supramolecular nanostructure (i.e., microemulsion droplets, MEDs) in dilute solution. It is shown how the refractive index mismatch of a solution can be corrected in FCS to obtain accurate size parameters of particles, bypassing the optical matching problem of light scattering techniques that are used often for particle-size measurements. We studied the MEDs of 13 different W(0) values from 2 to 50 prepared in a ternary mixture of water, sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT), and isooctane, with sulforhodamine-B as a fluorescent marker. We find that, near the optical matching point of MEDs, the dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements underestimate the droplet sizes while FCS estimates the accurate ones. A Gaussian distribution model (GDM) and a maximum-entropy-based FCS data fitting model (MEMFCS) are used to analyze the fluorescence correlation curves that unfold Gaussian-type size distributions of MEDs in solution. We find the droplet size varies linearly with W(0) up to ~20, but beyond this W(0) value, the size variation deviates from this linearity. To explain nonlinear variation of droplet size for W(0) values beyond ~20, we invoke a model (the coated-droplet model) that incorporates the size polydispersity of the droplets. PMID:21899251

  6. Toward surfactant-free and water-free microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Fischer, Veronika; Marcus, Julien; Touraud, Didier; Diat, Olivier; Kunz, Werner

    2015-09-01

    It was recently demonstrated that a nano-clustering was present in the monophasic "pre-Ouzo" region of ternary liquid mixtures without surfactants. The goal of this work is to check if this nano-clustering is also present in the surfactant-free and water-free "green" microemulsions glycerol/ethanol/1-octanol and deep eutectic solvent/tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol/diethyl adipate. The deep eutectic solvents used instead of water were ethylene glycol-choline chloride (molar ratio 4-1) and urea-choline chloride (molar ratio 2-1). To our knowledge this is the first time that deep eutectic solvents were used to formulate microemulsions. The surfactant-free and water-free microemulsions were studied using phase diagrams, dynamic light scattering, and small-angle X-ray scattering. The presence of aggregate fluctuations was demonstrated and they were found to be independent of molecular critical fluctuations, except when approaching the critical point where the critical phenomenon is superimposed to the signal. These structures have similarities to classical microemulsions but, in contrast to them, without having a sharp interface between the non-miscible phases, much as it was the case for systems previously investigated like water/ethanol/oil, where the oil was 1-octanol, fragrance molecules, or mosquito repellents. PMID:25985422

  7. Microemulsion: new insights into the ocular drug delivery.

    PubMed

    Hegde, Rahul Rama; Verma, Anurag; Ghosh, Amitava

    2013-01-01

    Delivery of drugs into eyes using conventional drug delivery systems, such as solutions, is a considerable challenge to the treatment of ocular diseases. Drug loss from the ocular surface by lachrymal fluid secretion, lachrymal fluid-eye barriers, and blood-ocular barriers are main obstacles. A number of ophthalmic drug delivery carriers have been made to improve the bioavailability and to prolong the residence time of drugs applied topically onto the eye. The potential use of microemulsions as an ocular drug delivery carrier offers several favorable pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical properties such as their excellent thermodynamic stability, phase transition to liquid-crystal state, very low surface tension, and small droplet size, which may result in improved ocular drug retention, extended duration of action, high ocular absorption, and permeation of loaded drugs. Further, both lipophilic and hydrophilic characteristics are present in microemulsions, so that the loaded drugs can diffuse passively as well get significantly partitioned in the variable lipophilic-hydrophilic corneal barrier. This review will provide an insight into previous studies on microemulsions for ocular delivery of drugs using various nonionic surfactants, cosurfactants, and associated irritation potential on the ocular surface. The reported in vivo experiments have shown a delayed effect of drug incorporated in microemulsion and an increase in the corneal permeation of the drug. PMID:23936681

  8. Microemulsion-enhanced remediation of soils contaminated with organochlorine pesticides.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Yanlin; Wong, Jonathan W C; Zhao, Zhenyong; Selvam, Ammaiyappan

    2011-12-01

    Soil contaminated by organic pollutants, especially chlorinated aromatic compounds such as DDT (1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)ethane), is an environmental concern because of the strong sorption of organochlorine pesticide onto the soil matrix and persistence in the environment. The remediation of organochlorine pesticide contaminated soils through microemulsion is an innovative technology to expedite this process. The remediation efficiency was evaluated by batch experiments through studying the desorption of DDT and hexachlorocyclohexane (y-HCH) and sorption of microemulsion composed of Triton X-100, 1-pentanol and linseed oil in the soil-surfactant-water suspension system. The reduction of desorption efficiency caused by the sorption loss of microemulsion components onto the soil could be corrected by the appropriate adjustment of C/S (Cosurfactant/Surfactant) and O/S (Oil/Surfactant) ratio. The C/S and O/S ratios of 1:2 and 3:20 were suitable to desorb DDT and gamma-HCH from the studied soils because of the lower sorption of Triton X-100 onto the soil. Inorganic salts added in microemulsion increased the pesticides desorption efficiency of pesticides and calcium chloride has a stronger ability to enhance the desorption of DDT than sodium chloride. From the remediation perspective, the balance of surfactant or cosurfactant sorbed to soil and desorption efficiency should be taken into consideration to enhance the remediation of soils contaminated by organochlorine pesticides. PMID:22439580

  9. Formation of flavor oil microemulsions, nanoemulsions and emulsions: influence of composition and preparation method.

    PubMed

    Rao, Jiajia; McClements, David Julian

    2011-05-11

    This study aimed to establish conditions where stable microemulsions, nanoemulsions or emulsions could be fabricated from a nonionic surfactant (Tween 80) and flavor oil (lemon oil). Different colloidal dispersions could be formed by simple heat treatment (90 °C, 30 min) depending on the surfactant-to-oil ratio (SOR): emulsions (r > 100 nm) at SOR < 1; nanoemulsions (r < 100 nm) at 1 < SOR < 2; microemulsions (r < 10 nm) at SOR > 2. Turbidity, electrical conductivity, shear rheology, and DSC measurements suggested there was a kinetic energy barrier in the oil-water-surfactant systems at ambient temperature that prevented them from forming metastable emulsion/nanoemulsion or thermodynamically stable microemulsion systems. High energy homogenization (high pressure or ultrasonic homogenizer) or low energy homogenization (heating) could be used to form emulsions or nanoemulsions at low or intermediate SOR values; whereas only heating was necessary to form stable microemulsions at high SOR values. PMID:21410259

  10. Theory of microemulsions in a gravitational field

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Jeng, J. F.; Miller, Clarence A.

    1989-01-01

    A theory of microemulsions developed previously is extended to include the effect of a gravitational field. It predicts variation with position of drop size, drop volume fraction, and area per molecule in the surfactant films within a microemulsion phase. Variation in volume fraction is greatest and occurs in such a way that oil content increases with increasing elevation, as has been found experimentally. Large composition variations are predicted within a middle phase microemulsion near optimal conditions because inversion from the water-continuous to the oil-continuous arrangement occurs with increasing elevation. Generally speaking, gravity reduces solubilization within microemulsions and promotes separation of excess phases.

  11. Novel nanodispersed coal liquefaction catalysts: Molecular design via microemulsion-based synthesis. Technical progress report, October--December 1993

    SciTech Connect

    Boakye, E.; Radovic, L.R.; Osseo-Asare, K.

    1994-09-01

    Three different synthesis protocols were used to synthesize nanosize molybdenum sulfide particles in the microemulsion system polyoxyethylene(5)nonylphenyl ether (NP-5)/cyclohexane/water: (a) acid-solubilized microemulsion plus tetrathiomolybdate (ASMPT), (b) tetrathiomolybdate-solubilized microemulsion plus acid (TSMPA) and (c) microemulsion plus microemulsion (MPM), i.e., acid-solubilized microemulsion plus tetrathiomolybdate-solubilized microemulsion. The particle size was found to depend on the synthesis method, especially at water-to-surfactant molar ratios (R) greater than 2.5. At R=3.5-4.5, the average particle size increased according to the synthesis method in the order: ASMPT < MPM < TSMPA. Furthermore, for each synthesis protocol, the average particle diameter increased with the water-to-surfactant molar ratio (R). These trends are rationalized by considering: (a) the increase in the rate of exchange of materials between the inverse micelles as R is increased, and (b) the different effects of the electrolytes (i.e., sulfuric acid and ammonium tetrathiomolybdate plus sodium hydroxide) on microemulsion stability.

  12. Transdermal delivery of diclofenac using water-in-oil microemulsion: formulation and mechanistic approach of drug skin permeation.

    PubMed

    Thakkar, Priyanka J; Madan, Parshotam; Lin, Senshang

    2014-05-01

    The objective of the present investigation was to enhance skin permeation of diclofenac using water-in-oil microemulsion and to elucidate its skin permeation mechanism. The w/o microemulsion formulations were selected based on constructed pseudoternary phase diagrams depending on water solubilization capacity and thermodynamic stability. These formulations were also subjected to physical characterization based on droplet size, viscosity, pH and conductivity. Permeation of diclofenac across rat skin using side-by-side permeation cells from selected w/o microemulsion formulations were evaluated and compared with control formulations. The selected w/o microemulsion formulations were thermodynamically stable, and incorporation of diclofenac sodium into microemulsion did not affect the phase behavior of system. All microemulsion formulations had very low viscosity (11-17 cps) and droplet size range of 30-160 nm. Microemulsion formulations exhibited statistically significant increase in diclofenac permeation compared to oily solution, aqueous solution and oil-Smix solution. Higher skin permeation of diclofenac was observed with low Smix concentration and smaller droplet size. Increase in diclofenac loading in aqueous phase decreased the partition of diclofenac. Diclofenac from the oil phase of microemulsion could directly partition into skin, while diclofenac from the aqueous droplets was carried through skin by carrier effect. PMID:23634780

  13. An enzyme containing microemulsion based on skin friendly oil and surfactant as decontamination medium for organo phosphates: phase behavior, structure, and enzyme activity.

    PubMed

    Stehle, Ralf; Schulreich, Christoph; Wellert, Stefan; Gäb, Jürgen; Blum, Marc-Michael; Kehe, Kai; Richardt, Andras; Lapp, Alain; Hellweg, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    The present contribution presents a microemulsion system containing cosmetic oil and sugar surfactant and the enzyme diisopropyl fluorophosphatase (DFPase) as active agent for the decontamination of human skin. The bicontinuous structure and the physical properties of the microemulsion are characterized by dynamic light scattering and small angle neutron scattering. The DFPase from the squid Loligo vulgaris is catalyzing the hydrolysis of highly toxic organophosphates. The effect of the enzyme on the structure of the microemulsion is investigated. Moreover, the enzyme/microemulsion system is also studied with respect to its activity using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy leading to promising results. A fast decomposition of the nerve agent sarin is achieved. PMID:24183440

  14. The preparation of MnZn-ferrite nanoparticles in water CTAB hexanol microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Makovec, D.; Kosak, A.; Drofenik, M.

    2004-04-01

    Magnetic MnZn-ferrite nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution were prepared in water-CTAB-hexanol microemulsions. The region of microemulsion stability in the system was determined, using the titration method, as a function of the temperature and of the type and concentration of solutes in the aqueous phase. The nanoparticles were prepared in a two-step process: the precipitation of the corresponding hydroxides, followed by oxidation of the Fe2+. The particle size was controlled by the composition of the microemulsion and the concentration of the reactants (the corresponding sulfates and a precipitation agent, tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide) in the aqueous solution of the microemulsion. The specific magnetization of the nanoparticles (measured at 13 kOe) was found to depend mainly on particle size: ranging from 1.3 emu g-1 for particles of approximately 2 nm in size to 7.3 emu g-1 for particles of approximately 5 nm in size.

  15. Physical and chemical studies of chlorophyll in microemulsions. Progress report

    SciTech Connect

    1980-01-01

    Studies designed to provide fundamental information on both the nature of photoreactions in microemulsions and the utility of these media as solvents for absorbers of solar energy were conducted. As a test system, the photoreduction of absorbed dye (principally methyl red) sensitized by chlorophyll a in an anionic mineral oil in water microemulsion was investiged. Using ascorbate as the water soluble reducing agent and pigment concentrations of up to eight per drop (10mM), the reaction exhibits a pseudo zero order dependence on methyl red. The effect of sensitizer, ascorbate concentration and light intensity on the quantum yield was examined, as well as the effect of varying the microemulsion charge type, product catalysis, and the use of synthetic porphyrin sensitizers. In microemulsions containing up to eight chlorophyll molecules per microdroplet, the quantum yield remains constant over five orders of magnitude concentration. The intrinsic quantum yield is independent of droplet surface charge, but is dependent on pH. One of the products of the chemical reduction of methyl red, N, N-dimethyl-p-phenylenediamine (DMPD), increases the limiting quantum yield two to three fold. Synthetic porphyrins have been found to act as sensitizers, and a number of tetrapyridyl porphyrin derivatives containing one to four carbon chains of varying length have been made and examined. The results show that the quantum yield increases with increasing chain length for the monoalkyl compounds, and also indicate the possible involvement of a sensitizer orientation effect. The transport of oil soluble electroactive species in nonionic microemulsions has been found to exhibit percolation behavior, which has potential photogalvanic applications.

  16. Preparation of lorazepam-loaded microemulsions for intranasal delivery and its pharmacokinetics.

    PubMed

    Yao, J; Hou, L; Zhou, J P; Zhang, Z Q; Sun, L

    2009-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop a microemulsion system for intranasal delivery of lorazepam. The phase behavior and properties of microemulsions were characterized in a pseudo-ternary system composed of Cremophor EL 35/Transcutol P/Lauroglycol FCC or Labrafil M 1944CS/water, and intranasal absorption of lorazepam from microemulsions was investigated in rabbit. The microemulsions, comprising of FCC, Cremophor EL 35/Transcutol P (1.5:1) and water, were optimal for intranasal delivery of lorazepam. These systems had a higher solubilization capacity with the particle size of <150 nm, and were stable at ambient conditions for at least six months. In vivo absorption studies showed that intranasal absorption of lorazepam from microemulsions at 0.38 mg/kg had the larger AUC(0-t), the longer half-life and the prolonged circulation time with the mean bioavailability of 80.84% for ME2 and 63.48% for ME8 as compared to the intramuscular injection at 0.16 mg/kg. These results indicate that microemulsions may bea promising approach for the intranasal delivery of lorazepam. PMID:19947165

  17. Phase transition water-in-oil microemulsions as ocular drug delivery systems: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

    PubMed

    Chan, Judy; Maghraby, Gamal M M El; Craig, Jennifer P; Alany, Raid G

    2007-01-01

    Microemuslion (ME)-based phase transition systems were evaluated for ocular delivery of pilocarpine hydrochloride (model hydrophilic drug). These used two non-ionic surfactants, sorbitan mono laurate and polyoxyethylene sorbitan mono-oleate with ethyl oleate (oil component) and water. These systems undergo phase change from ME to liquid crystalline (LC) and to coarse emulsion (EM) with a change in viscosity depending on water content. This study selected five formulations containing aqueous phase at 5% (w/w) (ME 5%), 10% (w/w) (ME 10%), 26% (w/w) (LC), 85% (w/w) (O/W EM) and 100% (solution) with the model drug at 1% (w/w). Incorporation of pilocarpine hydrochloride did not affect the phase behaviour. The viscosity was increased initially with dilution from ME 5% to ME 10% then LC, indicating structuring of the system, before being reduced in the EM formulation. Drug release depended on the viscosity with lower release rates obtained from formulations with high viscosity. The miotic response and duration of action were greatest in case of ME and LC formulations indicating high ocular bioavailability. Thus, phase transition ME is promising for ocular drug delivery as it provides the fluidity with its viscosity being increased after application increasing ocular retention while retaining the therapeutic efficiency. PMID:17092668

  18. Trend estimates of AERONET-observed and model-simulated AOT percentiles between 1993 and 2013

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yoon, Jongmin; Pozzer, Andrea; Chang, Dong Yeong; Lelieveld, Jos

    2016-04-01

    Recent Aerosol Optical thickness (AOT) trend studies used monthly or annual arithmetic means that discard details of the generally right-skewed AOT distributions. Potentially, such results can be biased by extreme values (including outliers). This study additionally uses percentiles (i.e., the lowest 5%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 95% of the monthly cumulative distributions fitted to Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET)-observed and ECHAM/MESSy Atmospheric Chemistry (EMAC)-model simulated AOTs) that are less affected by outliers caused by measurement error, cloud contamination and occasional extreme aerosol events. Since the limited statistical representativeness of monthly percentiles and means can lead to bias, this study adopts the number of observations as a weighting factor, which improves the statistical robustness of trend estimates. By analyzing the aerosol composition of AERONET-observed and EMAC-simulated AOTs in selected regions of interest, we distinguish the dominant aerosol types and investigate the causes of regional AOT trends. The simulated and observed trends are generally consistent with a high correlation coefficient (R = 0.89) and small bias (slope±2σ = 0.75 ± 0.19). A significant decrease in EMAC-decomposed AOTs by water-soluble compounds and black carbon is found over the USA and the EU due to environmental regulation. In particular, a clear reversal in the AERONET AOT trend percentiles is found over the USA, probably related to the AOT diurnal cycle and the frequency of wildfires.

  19. Structure and phase behavior of polymer loaded non-ionic and anionic microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Weber, Andreas; Stühn, Bernd

    2016-04-14

    We investigate the structure and phase behavior of C12E4 based reverse water in octane microemulsions with small angle x-ray scattering and small angle neutron scattering experiments to explore the phase diagram of the droplet structure. In the regime of stable droplets, these droplets are loaded with the hydrophilic polymer polyethyleneoxide (MW = 1500 g/mol) and compared with microemulsions based on the anionic surfactant AOT. In the small angle neutron scattering experiments, we use shell contrast to focus on the surfactant shell and its variation with addition of polymer. We observe, as predicted by indirect measurements such as dielectric spectroscopy, that the polymer interacts differently with a nonionic or an anionic surfactant shell: In the former case the addition of polymer does not seem to affect the surfactant shell. In the latter case, the obtained scattering data show that the anionic surfactant layer is strongly influenced leading to a higher polydispersity which may be attributed to a floppier surfactant shell. PMID:27083748

  20. Structure and phase behavior of polymer loaded non-ionic and anionic microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Weber, Andreas; Stühn, Bernd

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the structure and phase behavior of C12E4 based reverse water in octane microemulsions with small angle x-ray scattering and small angle neutron scattering experiments to explore the phase diagram of the droplet structure. In the regime of stable droplets, these droplets are loaded with the hydrophilic polymer polyethyleneoxide (MW = 1500 g/mol) and compared with microemulsions based on the anionic surfactant AOT. In the small angle neutron scattering experiments, we use shell contrast to focus on the surfactant shell and its variation with addition of polymer. We observe, as predicted by indirect measurements such as dielectric spectroscopy, that the polymer interacts differently with a nonionic or an anionic surfactant shell: In the former case the addition of polymer does not seem to affect the surfactant shell. In the latter case, the obtained scattering data show that the anionic surfactant layer is strongly influenced leading to a higher polydispersity which may be attributed to a floppier surfactant shell.

  1. Development of the simple and sensitive method for lipoxygenase assay in AOT/isooctane reversed micelles.

    PubMed

    Park, Kyung Min; Kim, Yu Na; Choi, Seung Jun; Chang, Pahn-Shick

    2013-06-01

    In this study, we investigated the possibility of reversed micelles, widely used as an enzyme reactor for lipases, for the determination of lipoxygenase activity. Although it is rapid and simple, reversed micelles have some limitations, such as interference by UV-absorbing materials and surfactant. Lipoxygenase activity in the reversed micelles was determined by reading the absorbance of the lipid hydroperoxidation product (conjugated diene) at 234 nm. Among surfactants and organic media, AOT and isooctane were most effective for the dioxygenation of linoleic acid in reversed micelles. The strong absorbance of AOT in the UV region is a major obstacle for the direct application of the AOT/isooctane reversed micelles to lipoxygenase activity determination. To prevent interference by AOT, we added an AOT removal step in the procedure for lipoxygenase activity determination in reversed micelles. The lipoxygenase activity was dependent on water content, and maximum activity was obtained at an R-value of 10. PMID:23411168

  2. Preparation and enhancement of oral bioavailability of curcumin using microemulsions vehicle.

    PubMed

    Hu, Liandong; Jia, Yanhong; Niu, Feng; Jia, Zheng; Yang, Xun; Jiao, Kuiliang

    2012-07-25

    A new microemulsions system of curcumin (CUR-MEs) was successfully developed to improve the solubility and bioavailability of curcumin. Several formulations of the microemulsions system were prepared and evaluated using different ratios of oils, surfactants, and co-surfactants (S&CoS). The optimal formulation, which consists of Capryol 90 (oil), Cremophor RH40 (surfactant), and Transcutol P aqueous solution (co-surfactant), could enhance the solubility of curcumin up to 32.5 mg/mL. The pharmacokinetic study of microemulsions was performed in rats compared to the corresponding suspension. The stability of microemulsions after dilution was excellence. Microemulsions have significantly increased the C(max) and area under the curve (AUC) in comparison to that in suspension (p < 0.05). The relative bioavailability of curcumin in microemulsions was 22.6-fold higher than that in suspension. The results indicated that the CUR-MEs could be used as an effective formulation for enhancing the oral bioavailability of curcumin. PMID:22587560

  3. Investigation of microemulsion microstructure and its impact on skin delivery of flufenamic acid.

    PubMed

    Mahrhauser, Denise-Silvia; Kählig, Hanspeter; Partyka-Jankowska, Ewa; Peterlik, Herwig; Binder, Lisa; Kwizda, Kristina; Valenta, Claudia

    2015-07-25

    Microemulsions are well known penetration enhancing delivery systems. Several properties are described that influence the transdermal delivery of active components. Therefore, this study aimed to characterize fluorosurfactant-based microemulsions and to assess the impact of formulation variables on the transdermal delivery of incorporated flufenamic acid. The microemulsion systems prepared in this study consisted of bistilled water, oleic acid, isopropanol as co-solvent, flufenamic acid as active ingredient and either Hexafor(TM)670 (Hex) or Chemguard S-550-100 (Sin) as fluorosurfactant. Characterization was performed by a combination of techniques including electrical conductivity measurements, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) self-diffusion experiments. In vitro skin permeation experiments were performed with each prepared microemulsion using Franz type diffusion cells to correlate their present microstructure with their drug delivery to skin. Electrical conductivity increased with added water content. Consequently, the absence of a conductivity maximum as well as the NMR and SAXS data rather suggest O/W type microemulsions with spherical or rod-like microstructures. Skin permeation data revealed enhanced diffusion for Hex- and Sin-microemulsions if the shape of the structures was rather elongated than spherical implying that the shape of droplets had an essential impact on the skin permeation of flufenamic acid. PMID:26022888

  4. Evidence of water-in-ionic liquid microemulsion formation by nonionic surfactant Brij-35.

    PubMed

    Rai, Rewa; Pandey, Siddharth

    2014-09-01

    Brij-35, a common and popular nonionic surfactant, is shown to form water-in-ionic liquid (w/IL) microemulsions with IL 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]) as the bulk phase. The presence of w/[bmim][PF6] microemulsions is hinted by the significantly increased solubility of water in Brij-35 solution of [bmim][PF6]. The formation of w/[bmim][PF6] microemulsions by Brij-35 is confirmed using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements. Brij-35 forms reverse micelle-type aggregates within [bmim][PF6] in the absence of added-water. These reverse micelles become w/[bmim][PF6] microemulsions as the water is added to the system. As the water loading (w0) is increased, the average diameter of the aggregates increases. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorbance data reveal the presence of both "bound" and "free" water within the system. The "bound" water is associated with the water pools of the w/[bmim][PF6] microemulsions. Excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) involving probe pyranine shows deprotonation of pyranine within the water pools of the w/[bmim][PF6] microemulsions. PMID:25121578

  5. Hamiltonian and phenomenological models of microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Widom, B.; Dawson, K. A.; Lipkin, M. D.

    1986-12-01

    We review briefly a phenomenological microemulsion model, its phase diagram, and its interfacial tensions. We then describe a lattice model of a microemulsion, based on a prescribed Hamiltonian equivalent to that of an Ising model with competing nearest- and further-neighbor interactions. Its phase diagram and interfacial tensions are compared with those in the phenomenological model.

  6. Development and Evaluation of Artemether Parenteral Microemulsion

    PubMed Central

    Tayade, N. G.; Nagarsenker, Mangal S.

    2010-01-01

    The objective of the present investigation was to develop a parenteral microemulsion delivering artemether, a hydrophobic antimalarial drug and to evaluate antimalarial activity of the microemulsion in comparison to the marketed oily injection of artemether (Larither®). The microemulsion was evaluated for various parameters such as globule size, ability to withstand centrifugation and freeze-thaw cycling and effect of sterilization method on the drug content and globule size. The in vivo antimalarial activity of the microemulsion was evaluated in P. berghei infected mice in comparison to the Larither;. The stability of the microemulsion was evaluated at 5º for 1 month. The microemulsion exhibited globule size of 113 nm and it could successfully withstand centrifugation and freeze-thaw cycling. The method of sterilization did not have any significant effect on the artemether content and globule size of the microemulsion. The microemulsion showed around 1.5-fold higher antimalarial activity and higher survival as compared to that of marketed artemether injection Larither® and it showed a good stability at the end of 1 month. PMID:21694999

  7. Formulation and evaluation of flurbiprofen microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Ambade, K W; Jadhav, S L; Gambhire, M N; Kurmi, S D; Kadam, V J; Jadhav, K R

    2008-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to investigate the microemulsion formulations for topical delivery of Flurbiprofen (FP) in order to by pass its gastrointestinal adverse effects. The pseudoternary phase diagrams were developed and various microemulsion formulations were prepared using Isopropyl Myristate (IPM), Ethyl Oleate (EO) as oils, Aerosol OT as surfactant and Sorbitan Monooleate as cosurfactant. The transdermal permeability of flurbiprofen from microemulsions containing IPM and EO as two different oil phases was analyzed using Keshary-Chien diffusion cell through excised rat skin. Flurbiprofen showed higher in vitro permeation from IPM as compared to that of from EO microemulsion. Thus microemulsion containing IPM as oil phase were selected for optimization. The optimization was carried out using 2(3) factorial design. The optimized formula was then subjected to in vivo anti-inflammatory study and the performance of flurbiprofen from optimized formulation was compared with that of gel cream. Flurbiprofen from optimized microemulsion formulation was found to be more effective as compared to gel cream in inhibiting the carrageenan induced rat paw edema at all time intervals. Histopathological investigation of rat skin revealed the safety of microemulsion formulation for topical use. Thus the present study indicates that, microemulsion can be a promising vehicle for the topical delivery of flurbiprofen. PMID:18220549

  8. Carbon dioxide in ionic liquid microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Jianling; Han, Buxing; Li, Jianshen; Zhao, Yueju; Yang, Guanying

    2011-10-10

    Tailor-made emulsion: a CO(2) -in-ionic-liquid microemulsion was produced for the first time. The CO(2)-swollen micelles are "tunable" because the micellar size can be easily adjusted by changing the pressure of CO(2). The microemulsion has potential applications in materials synthesis, chemical reactions, and extraction. PMID:21898733

  9. Preparation and evaluation of microemulsion formulations of naproxen for dermal delivery.

    PubMed

    Ustündağ Okur, Neslihan; Yavaşoğlu, Altuğ; Karasulu, Hatice Yeşim

    2014-01-01

    Naproxen (Np) is an example of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly used for the reduction of pain and inflammation. In order to develop an alternative formulation for the topical administration of Np, microemulsions were evaluated as delivery vehicles. Four formulations were prepared using isopropyl myristate (IPM) as oil phase, Span 80, Labrafil M, Labrasol, Cremophor EL as surfactants, ethanol as co-surfactant and distilled water or 0.5 N NaOH solution as aqueous phase. The final concentration of Np in the microemulsion system was 100 mg/g (w/w). The physicochemical properties such as electrical conductivity, droplet size, viscosity, pH and phase inversion temperature of microemulsions were measured. Stability tests of the formulations were also performed at 5±2, 25±2 and 40±2°C. The abilities of various microemulsions and selected commercial (C) formulation to deliver Np through the skin were evaluated in vitro using diffusion cells fitted with rat skins. The in vitro permeation data showed that microemulsions increased the permeation rate of Np between 4.335-9.040 times over the C formulation. Furthermore Np successfully permeated across the skin from the microemulsion with the highest flux rate (1.347±0.005 mg·cm(-2)·h(-1)) from a formulation (M4Np) consisting of IPM (2.36 g), Labrosol (0.13 g), Span 80 (0.62 g), ethanol (5.23 g), 0.5 N NaOH solution (0.66 g) and Np (1 g). According to the histological investigations, no obvious skin irritation was observed for the studied microemulsions. These results indicate that the microemulsion formulation may be appropriate vehicles for the topical delivery of Np. PMID:24492583

  10. [Structure and dynamics of microemulsions in bulk, at interfaces, and in confined geometries]. Progress report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1993-12-31

    The authors have been constructing a special purpose small angle neutron scattering spectrometer (SAND) in collaboration with IPNS of Argonne National Laboratory and Texaco Research Laboratories in Beacon, New York. The spectrometer, having a moderate neutron flux, will be uniquely suited for detailed studies of complex fluids in their various phases. This spectrometer will be fully available to general users of the small angle scattering community after a year of testing and upon installation of the auxiliary equipment. The general research objective of the MIT group is to continue studies of the microstructural relationship to phase-behavior in three-component microemulsion systems. Specifically, they shall study the (1) variation of bulk structures when a microemulsion undergoes a non-wetting to wetting transition, (2) correlating interfacial reflectivity measurements of these wetting transitions to the SANS results, (3) use the contrast variation technique they recently developed for measuring the mean and Gaussian curvatures of the surfactant sheet to study the structural inversion of water-in-oil to oil-in-water microemulsions and the transition of disordered bicontinuous microemulsion to ordered lamellar phases, (4) investigation of the effects of spatial confinement on the phase behavior and structure of bicontinuous microemulsions, and finally (5) they shall continue the study of the recently discovered non-exponential relaxation of droplet density fluctuations near the critical and percolation points in water-in-oil droplet microemulsions.

  11. Application of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy: A phase behavior study of babassu biodiesel-based microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Pereira, Thulio C; Conceição, Carlos A F; Khan, Alamgir; Fernandes, Raquel M T; Ferreira, Maira S; Marques, Edmar P; Marques, Aldaléa L B

    2016-11-01

    Microemulsions are thermodynamically stable systems of two immiscible liquids, one aqueous and the other of organic nature, with a surfactant and/or co-surfactant adsorbed in the interface between the two phases. Biodiesel-based microemulsions, consisting of alkyl esters of fatty acids, open a new means of analysis for the application of electroanalytical techniques, and is advantageous as it eliminates the required pre-treatment of a sample. In this work, the phase behaviours of biodiesel-based microemulsions were investigated through the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) technique. We observed thatan increase in the amount of biodiesel in the microemulsion formulation increases the resistance to charge transfer at the interface. Also, the electrical conductivity measurements revealed that a decrease or increase in electrical properties depends on the amount of biodiesel. EIS studies of the biodiesel-based microemulsion samples showed the presence of two capacitive arcs: one high-frequency and the other low-frequency. Thus, the formulation of microemulsions plays an important role in estimating the electrical properties through the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique. PMID:27276278

  12. Formulation and Characterization of Clotrimazole Microemulsions and Microemulsion-Based Gels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kaewbanjong, Jarika; Amnuaikit, Thanaporn; Boonme, Prapaporn

    2014-11-01

    This study aimed to formulate and physically characterized clotrimazole microemulsions and microemulsion based-gels compared with their blank counterparts. Microemulsions were prepared by simple mixing of isopropyl palmitate, 2:1 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol and 1:1 mixture of polyethylene 20 sorbitan monooleate and sorbitan monooleate. To develop microemulsion-based gels, fumed silica was use as a thickening agent at 2.5, 5 or 7.5% w/w. All studied formulations, i.e., 2 microemulsions and 6 microemulsion based-gels were investigated for physical properties such as appearance, conductivity, pH, rheological behavior and spreadability. Afterwards, 2 microemulsions (ME1 and ME2) and 2 microemulsion based-gels (MBG1-3 and MBG2-2) were selected to incorporate with clotrimazole and then investigated for physical properties. All formulations showed good appearance and physical properties. Clotrimazole did not affect most characteristics of their blank counterparts, except conductivity. Therefore, the investigated microemulsions and microemulsion based gels could be used as the vehicles of clotrimazole for skin drug delivery.

  13. Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence studies of bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium succinate (AOT) reverse micelles in supercritical ethane

    SciTech Connect

    Jing Zhang; Bright, F.V.

    1992-06-25

    The properties of bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles in supercritical ethane (T{sub c} = 32.3 {degrees}C, P{sub c} = 48.8 bar) have been investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy. Two different fluorophores (1-anilino-8-naphthalenesulfonic acid (1,8-ANS) and 6-propionyl-2-(dimethylamino)naphthalene (PRODAN)) were used to probe the microenvironment of this system. Probe and surfactant concentrations, temperature, and fluid density were found to have significant in fluence on the reverse micelle dynamics. The change in fluorescence intensity with density is rationalized by changes in the partition coefficient between the probe and the AOT micelle. This is also consistent with density-dependent changes of the emission spectral contours. The 1,8-ANS decay kinetics were fit best by two discrete components, indicating that the probe is located simultaneously in two different AOT domains. The PRODAN decay too is best fit with a two-component model; however, one of the decay terms is Lorentzian distributed and the other is discrete. The distributed component represents PRODAN located simultaneously in an ensemble of AOT domains. The shorter-lived, discrete component correlates well with PRODAN free in the ethane continuous phase. By using the lifetime information we determined the density dependent {Delta}H{degrees} and {Delta}S{degrees} for the probe-AOT-ethane equilibrium. In turn, we find that the equilibrium constant (K{sub eq}) decreases with increased continuous phase density. However, the {Delta}H{degrees} for this process becomes more favorable with increasing density. The reason for the decrease in K{sub eq} lies in the {Delta}S{degrees} term. Initially, {Delta}S{degrees} is positive (favorable), but eventually it becomes quite negative at elevated densities. Thus, entropy governs (mostly) this particular equilibrium process. 87 refs., 13 figs., 4 tabs.

  14. Studies on the micropolarities of bmimBF4/TX-100/toluene ionic liquid microemulsions and their behaviors characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Li, Na; Gao, Yan'an; Zheng, Liqiang; Zhang, Jin; Yu, Li; Li, Xinwei

    2007-01-30

    Ionic liquids (ILs), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF4), were substituted for polar water and formed nonaqueous microemulsions with toluene by the aid of nonionic surfactant TX-100. The phase behavior of the ternary system was investigated, and microregions of bmimBF4-in-toluene (IL/O), bicontinuous, and toluene-in-bmimBF4 (O/IL) were identified by traditional electrical conductivity measurements. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) revealed the formation of the IL microemulsions. The micropolarities of the IL/O microemulsions were investigated by the UV-vis spectroscopy using the methyl orange (MO) and methylene blue (MB) as absorption probes. The results indicated that the polarity of the IL/O microemulsion increased only before the IL pools were formed, whereas a relatively fixed polar microenvironment was obtained in the IL pools of the microemulsions. Moreover, UV-vis spectroscopy has also shown that ionic salt compounds such as Ni(NO3)2, CoCl2, CuCl2, and biochemical reagent riboflavin could be solubilized into the IL/O microemulsion droplets, indicating that the IL/O microemulsions have potential application in the production of metallic or semiconductor nanomaterials, and in biological extractions or as solvents for enzymatic reactions. The IL/O microemulsions may have some expected effects due to the unique features of ILs and microemulsions. PMID:17241018

  15. Trend estimates of AERONET-observed and model-simulated AOTs between 1993 and 2013

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yoon, J.; Pozzer, A.; Chang, D. Y.; Lelieveld, J.; Kim, J.; Kim, M.; Lee, Y. G.; Koo, J.-H.; Lee, J.; Moon, K. J.

    2016-01-01

    Recently, temporal changes in Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) have been investigated based on model simulations, satellite and ground-based observations. Most AOT trend studies used monthly or annual arithmetic means that discard details of the generally right-skewed AOT distributions. Potentially, such results can be biased by extreme values (including outliers). This study additionally uses percentiles (i.e., the lowest 5%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 95% of the monthly cumulative distributions fitted to Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET)-observed and ECHAM/MESSy Atmospheric Chemistry (EMAC)-model simulated AOTs) that are less affected by outliers caused by measurement error, cloud contamination and occasional extreme aerosol events. Since the limited statistical representativeness of monthly percentiles and means can lead to bias, this study adopts the number of observations as a weighting factor, which improves the statistical robustness of trend estimates. By analyzing the aerosol composition of AERONET-observed and EMAC-simulated AOTs in selected regions of interest, we distinguish the dominant aerosol types and investigate the causes of regional AOT trends. The simulated and observed trends are generally consistent with a high correlation coefficient (R = 0.89) and small bias (slope±2σ = 0.75 ± 0.19). A significant decrease in EMAC-decomposed AOTs by water-soluble compounds and black carbon is found over the USA and the EU due to environmental regulation. In particular, a clear reversal in the AERONET AOT trend percentiles is found over the USA, probably related to the AOT diurnal cycle and the frequency of wildfires. In most of the selected regions of interest, EMAC-simulated trends are mainly attributed to the significant changes of the dominant aerosols; e.g., significant decrease in sea salt and water soluble compounds over Central America, increase in dust over Northern Africa and Middle East, and decrease in black carbon and organic carbon over Australia.

  16. Trend Estimates of AERONET-Observed and Model-Simulated AOTs Between 1993 and 2013

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Yoon, J.; Pozzer, A.; Chang, D. Y.; Lelieveld, J.; Kim, J.; Kim, M.; Lee, Y. G.; Koo, J.-H.; Lee, J.; Moon, K. J.

    2015-01-01

    Recently, temporal changes in Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) have been investigated based on model simulations, satellite and ground-based observations. Most AOT trend studies used monthly or annual arithmetic means that discard details of the generally right-skewed AOT distributions. Potentially, such results can be biased by extreme values (including outliers). This study additionally uses percentiles (i.e., the lowest 5%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 95% of the monthly cumulative distributions fitted to Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET)-observed and ECHAM/MESSy Atmospheric Chemistry (EMAC)-model simulated AOTs) that are less affected by outliers caused by measurement error, cloud contamination and occasional extreme aerosol events. Since the limited statistical representativeness of monthly percentiles and means can lead to bias, this study adopts the number of observations as a weighting factor, which improves the statistical robustness of trend estimates. By analyzing the aerosol composition of AERONET-observed and EMAC-simulated AOTs in selected regions of interest, we distinguish the dominant aerosol types and investigate the causes of regional AOT trends. The simulated and observed trends are generally consistent with a high correlation coefficient (R = 0.89) and small bias (slope+/-2(sigma) = 0.75 +/- 0.19). A significant decrease in EMAC-decomposed AOTs by water-soluble compounds and black carbon is found over the USA and the EU due to environmental regulation. In particular, a clear reversal in the AERONET AOT trend percentiles is found over the USA, probably related to the AOT diurnal cycle and the frequency of wildfires. In most of the selected regions of interest, EMAC-simulated trends are mainly attributed to the significant changes of the dominant aerosols; e.g., significant decrease in sea salt and water soluble compounds over Central America, increase in dust over Northern Africa and Middle East, and decrease in black carbon and organic carbon over

  17. EPR study of polyaniline synthesized enzymatically in the presence of submicrometer-sized AOT vesicles.

    PubMed

    Rakvin, Boris; Carić, Dejana; Andreis, Mladen; Junker, Katja; Walde, Peter

    2014-02-27

    EPR spectroscopy was used to examine the magnetic properties of two enzymatically synthesized polyaniline (PANI) samples obtained in the presence of submicrometer-sized vesicles formed from sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) as templates. PANI-HRPC-AOT was synthesized with horseradish peroxidase isoenzyme C (HRPC) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as oxidant while PANI-TvL-AOT was prepared with Trametes versicolor laccase (TvL) and dioxygen (O2) as oxidant. A commercial conductive sample of the emeraldine salt form of polyaniline (PANI-ES) was also used for comparison in order to correlate the experimental data obtained for PANI-HRPC-AOT and PANI-TvL-AOT with the properties of the well-characterized PANI-ES. It was shown that a model based on the concept of correlated polaronic bands could be applied for the interpretation of the EPR spectra of all three examined samples, although PANI-HRPC-AOT and PANI-TvL-AOT were significantly less conductive than PANI-ES. The magnetic properties of the PANI samples could be related to their conductivities, whereby a low conductivity was ascribed to decreased interchain spin interactions which were detectable from a splitting of the triplet spectrum at low temperatures (5-10 K). The obtained effective distance between the polyaniline chains is larger for enzymatically synthesized PANI than for PANI-ES, most likely mainly due to the presence of AOT which could not be removed completely during the work-up. AOT influences the chain conformation and the average chain-chain distance. PMID:24484357

  18. Toxicity Evaluation of Microemulsion (Nano Size) of Sour Cherry Kernel Extract for the Oral Bioavailability Enhancement

    PubMed Central

    Salimi, Anayatollah; Motaharitabar, Eisa; Goudarzi, Mehdi; Rezaie, Annahita; Kalantari, Heibatullah

    2014-01-01

    Background: In the recent years nanostructured materials have been the focus of researches due to their wide-spread possibilities to provide new shapes and structures for some materials. Microemulsions can provide uniform nano-sized droplets for templating. Microemulsions are isotropic, thermodynamically-stable systems of oil, water and surfactant with a 20-200 nm droplet size. They can be prepared as oil-in-water (o/w), water-in-oil (w/o) or bicontinuous systems, depending on the equilibrium spontaneous curvature of the surfactant layer at the oil-water interface. Objectives: The aim of this study was to introduce a system designed to improve and enhance the bioavailability of bioflavonoids in the Prunus cerasus (sour cherry) seed kernel extract by developing a novel delivery system, i.e. microemulsion (nanosized particles). Materials and Methods: Microemulsion formulations were prepared by mixing appropriate amounts of surfactants (Tween 80 and Span 20), cosurfactant (propylene glycol) (3:1 ratio), and oil phase (olive oil). The prepared microemulsions were evaluated regarding their mean droplet size, transparency, viscosity, and pH. Sour cherry kernel extract microemulsion was orally administered to mice at doses of 2.5%, 5%, and 10% for 10 days. On the last day, their blood as well as their liver and kidney were used for biochemical and histopathological analyses, respectively. Results: Biochemical factors levels and the pathological study indicated that there were not significant differences in microemulsion extracts compared with the control group (P > 0.05). Conclusions: Not only no toxicity evidence of this product was observed in the dose range used in foods or healthcare, but also it improved the cardiac function recovery. PMID:24644434

  19. The effect of water on the microstructure of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate/TX-100/benzene ionic liquid microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Gao, Yan'an; Li, Na; Zheng, Liqiang; Zhao, Xueyan; Zhang, Jin; Cao, Quan; Zhao, Mingwei; Li, Zhen; Zhang, Gaoyong

    2007-01-01

    The ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF4]) forms nonaqueous microemulsions with benzene with the aid of nonionic surfactant TX-100. The phase diagram of the ternary system was prepared, and the microstructures of the microemulsion were recognized. On the basis of the phase diagram, a series of ionic liquid-in-oil (IL/O) microemulsions were chosen and characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), which shows a similar swelling behavior to typical water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions. The existence of IL pools in the IL/O microemulsion was confirmed by UV/Vis spectroscopic analysis with CoCl2 and methylene blue (MB) as the absorption probes. A constant polarity of the IL pool is observed, even if small amounts of water are added to the microemulsion, thus suggesting that the water molecules are solubilized in the polar outer shell of the microemulsion, as confirmed by FTIR spectra. 1H NMR spectroscopic analysis shows that these water molecules interact with the electronegative oxygen atoms of the oxyethylene (OE) units of TX-100 through hydrogen-bonding interactions, and the electronegative oxygen atoms of the water molecules attract the electropositive imidazolium rings of [bmim][BF4]. Hence, the water molecules are like a glue that stick the IL and OE units more tightly together and thus make the microemulsion system more stable. Considering the unique solubilization behavior of added water molecules, the IL/O microemulsion system may be used as a medium to prepare porous or hollow nanomaterials by hydrolysis reactions. PMID:17177215

  20. Microemulsions with surfactant TX100, cyclohexane, and an ionic liquid investigated by conductance, DLS, FTIR measurements, and study of solvent and rotational relaxation within this microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Pramanik, Rajib; Sarkar, Souravi; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Rao, Vishal Govind; Setua, Palash; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2010-06-10

    Room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs), N,N,N-trimethyl-N-propyl ammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl) imide ([N(3111)][Tf(2)N]), were substituted for polar water and formed nonaqueous microemulsions with cyclohexane by the aid of nonionic surfactant TX-100. The phase behavior of the ternary system was investigated, and microregions of [N(3111)][Tf(2)N]-in-cyclohexane (IL/O), bicontinuous, and cyclohexane-in-[N(3111)][Tf(2)N] (O/IL) were identified by traditional electrical conductivity measurements. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) revealed the formation of the IL microemulsions. The FTIR study of O-H stretching band of TX100 also supports this finding. The dynamics of solvent and rotational relaxation have been investigated in [N(3111)][Tf(2)N]/TX100/cyclohexane microemulsions using steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy as a tool and coumarin 480 (C-480) as a fluorescence probe. The size of the microemulsions increases with gradual addition of [N(3111)][Tf(2)N], which revealed from DLS measurement. This leads to the faster collective motions of cation and anions of [N(3111)][Tf(2)N], which contributes to faster solvent relaxation in microemulsions. PMID:20469906

  1. Diffusion of interacting particles: light scattering study of microemulsions

    SciTech Connect

    Cazabat, A.M.; Langevin, D.

    1981-03-15

    The diffusion coefficient data obtained from light scattering experiments on water-in-oil microemulsions have been compared with existing theoretical treatments involving the interaction potential. The observed behavior deviates largely from hard sphere systems and independent information was obtained about the interaction potential to check the theories. This was achieved by measuring simultaneously the intensity and the correlation function of the scattered light. The intensity has been analyzed with a very simple model for interaction forces involving only 2 parameters: a hard sphere radius and the amplitude of a small perturbation added to hard sphere potential. This model allows for the variation of the diffusion coefficient at small volume fractions. Light scattering techniques are a very useful method for obtaining information about sizes and interactions in microemulsions. Some general conclusions have been made: droplet sizes depend mostly on the ratio of water to soap, and interactions on continuous phase polarity and alcohol chain length.

  2. Gas phase charged aggregates of bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) and divalent metal ions: first evidence of AOT solvated aggregates.

    PubMed

    Giorgi, Gianluca; Pini, Ivana; Ceraulo, Leopoldo; Liveri, Vincenzo Turco

    2011-09-01

    Assembling and chelating properties of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOTNa) towards divalent metal ions have been investigated in the gas phase by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. A variety of positively charged monometallated and mixed metal aggregates are formed. Interestingly, several ions contain solvent (MeOH, H(2)O) molecules and constitute the most abundant AOT cationic aggregates not containing sodium. These species are the first example of solvated AOT-metal ion aggregates in the gas phase. By increasing the surfactant aggregation number, the abundance of solvated species becomes lower than that of unsolvated ones. Decompositions of ionic species have been studied by tandem mass spectrometry, and their stability has been determined through energy resolved mass spectrometry. In contrast with positively charged AOT-alkaline metal ion aggregates, whose decompositions are dominated by the loss of individual surfactant molecules, AOTNa-divalent ion aggregates mainly dissociate through the cleavage of the AOT H(2)C-O bond followed by further intramolecular fragmentations. This finding, that is consistent with an enhanced chelation of divalent ions with AOT(-) head groups, has been taken as an indication that such aggregates are characterized by a reverse micelle-like organization with a ionic core formed by the metal cations interacting with the negatively charged surfactant polar heads, whereas the surfactant alkyl chains point outside. PMID:21915957

  3. Simultaneous microemulsion-aqueous phase flooding process

    SciTech Connect

    Reed, R. L.

    1980-12-23

    A method of enhanced oil recovery is disclosed wherein an upper-phase or a middle-phase microemulsion and an immiscible aqueous phase are simultaneously injected into a subterranean formation. The viscosities of the injected phases are adjusted so that the aqueous phase/microemulsion viscosity ratio approximates the reservoir brine/oil viscosity ratio. The injection rates of the injected phases are such that similar oil, microemulsion and aqueous phase velocities are achieved in the reservoir. Oil is displaced to a production well and recovered.

  4. Bulk and surface correlations in a microemulsion

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, D.D.; Chen, S.H.; Majkrzak, C.F.; Satija, S.K.

    1995-07-01

    Small angle neutron scattering and neutron reflectivity are used to study the bulk and surface structure of water--octane--tetraethylene glycol monodecyl ether (C{sub 10}E{sub 4}) bicontinuous microemulsions. When the hydrophilicity and hydrophobicity of the surfactant monolayers in the microemulsion are balanced, the surface correlation length is found to be significantly larger than its bulk analog. Varying the spontaneous curvature of the monolayers greatly influences the surface structure of the microemulsion while having a relatively slight effect on the bulk correlation function. These observations are explained using a Ginzburg-Landau theory.

  5. Oil recovery process using polymer microemulsion complexes

    SciTech Connect

    Baker, E.G.; Canter, N.H.; Robbins, M.L.

    1982-11-23

    A process for the enhanced recovery of oil from a subterranean formation using a polymer-microemulsion complex is disclosed. The polymer is polyethylene oxide or polyvinyl pyrrolidone which interacts with the surfactant of the microemulsion to form a physical association. The resulting complex is characterized by a complexation energy of at least 2 kcal/mole. Slugs containing the present polymer-microemulsion complexes are stable at high salinity, show reduced destabilization due to surfactant adsorption and retention by the formation, have low interfacial tensions and achieve an early banking, as well as increased displacement of crude oil.

  6. Effect of solvents on the pattern formation in a Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction embedded into a microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dähmlow, Patricia; Vanag, Vladimir K.; Müller, Stefan C.

    2014-01-01

    Using the ferroin- and the bathoferroin-catalyzed Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction embedded in the sodium-bis (2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) water-in-oil microemulsion, we observed different patterns occurring in two different solvents, hexane and octane. Turing patterns were found in both solvents with ferroin. They differ in their interaction with coexisting bulk oscillations, such that a new excitation front was formed around the evolving Turing patterns in hexane. However, in octane, the bulk oscillation merged with the evolving patterns, forming a new excitation front, which propagated into two directions: towards the existing patterns and away from them. For the bathoferroin-catalyzed BZ reaction, patterns like dash waves, jumping waves, and bubble waves were found in both solvents having different wavelengths. A curvature dependence of the splitting and merging of dashes was found.

  7. Effect of solvents on the pattern formation in a Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction embedded into a microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Dähmlow, Patricia; Vanag, Vladimir K; Müller, Stefan C

    2014-01-01

    Using the ferroin- and the bathoferroin-catalyzed Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction embedded in the sodium-bis (2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) water-in-oil microemulsion, we observed different patterns occurring in two different solvents, hexane and octane. Turing patterns were found in both solvents with ferroin. They differ in their interaction with coexisting bulk oscillations, such that a new excitation front was formed around the evolving Turing patterns in hexane. However, in octane, the bulk oscillation merged with the evolving patterns, forming a new excitation front, which propagated into two directions: towards the existing patterns and away from them. For the bathoferroin-catalyzed BZ reaction, patterns like dash waves, jumping waves, and bubble waves were found in both solvents having different wavelengths. A curvature dependence of the splitting and merging of dashes was found. PMID:24580160

  8. Preparation and physicochemical characterization of dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (aerosol OT) microemulsion for oral drug delivery.

    PubMed

    El-Laithy, Hanan M

    2003-01-01

    The performance of dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (aerosol OT) in the development of a pharmaceutically acceptable, stable, self-emulsifying water continuous microemulsion with high dilution efficiency was assessed. A pseudoternary microemulsion system was constructed using aerosol OT/medium-chain triglycerides with oleic acid/glycerol monooleate and water. The model microemulsion was characterized with regard to its electroconductive behavior, eosin sodium absorption, interfacial tension, and droplet size measurements after dilution with water. The percolation transition law, which makes it possible to determine the percolation threshold and to identify bicontinuous structures, was applied to the system. The interfacial tension changes associated with the microemulsion formation revealed ultralow values up to 30% oil at a surfactant/cosurfactant ratio of 3:1. Moreover, the investigated particle size and polydispersity using photon correlation spectroscopy after dilution with excess of the continuous phase proved the efficiency of the microemulsion system as a drug carrier that ensures an infinitely dilutable, homogeneous, and thermodynamically stable system. PMID:12916920

  9. Preparation methods for monodispersed garlic oil microspheres in water using the microemulsion technique and their potential as antimicrobials.

    PubMed

    Zheng, Hua Ming; Li, Hou Bin; Wang, Da Wei; Liu, Dun

    2013-08-01

    Garlic oil is considered as a natural broad-spectrum antibiotic because of its well-known antimicrobial activity. However, the characteristics of easy volatility and poor aqueous solubility limit the application of garlic oil in industry. The purpose of the present work is to develop and evaluate an oil-free microemulsion by loading garlic oil in microemulsion system. Microemulsions were prepared with ethoxylated hydrogenated castor (Cremophor RH40) as surfactant, n-butanol (or ethanol) as cosurfactant, oleic acid-containing garlic oil as oil phase, and ultrapure water as water phase. The effects of the ratio of surfactant to cosurfactant and different oil concentration on the area of oil-in-water (O/W) microemulsion region in pseudoternary phase diagrams were investigated. The particle size and garlic oil encapsulation efficiency of the formed microemulsions with different formulations were also investigated. In addition, the antimicrobial activity in vitro against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus was assessed. The experimental results show that a stable microemulsion region can be obtained when the mass ratio of surfactant to cosurfactant is, respectively, 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1. Especially, when the mixture surfactants of RH40/n-butanol 2/1 (w/w) is used in the microemulsion formulation, the area of O/W microemulsion region is 0.089 with the particle size 13.29 to 13.85 nm and garlic oil encapsulation efficiency 99.5%. The prepared microemulsion solution exhibits remarkable antibacterial activity against S. aureus. PMID:23957416

  10. Two- and three-dimensional standing waves in a reaction-diffusion system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bánsági, Tamás, Jr.; Vanag, Vladimir K.; Epstein, Irving R.

    2012-10-01

    We observe standing waves of chemical concentration in thin layers [quasi-two-dimensional (2D)] and capillaries [three-dimensional (3D)] containing the aqueous Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction in a reverse microemulsion stabilized by the ionic surfactant sodium bis-2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate (AOT) and with cyclo-octane as the continuous phase. The 3D structures are oscillatory lamellae or square-packed cylinders at high and low volume fractions, respectively, of aqueous droplets. These patterns correspond to oscillatory labyrinthine stripes and square-packed spots in the 2D configuration. Computer simulations, as well as observations in E. coli, give qualitative agreement with the observed patterns and suggest that, in contrast to Turing patterns, the structures are sensitive to the size and shape of the system.

  11. Two- and three-dimensional standing waves in a reaction-diffusion system.

    PubMed

    Bánsági, Tamás; Vanag, Vladimir K; Epstein, Irving R

    2012-10-01

    We observe standing waves of chemical concentration in thin layers [quasi-two-dimensional (2D)] and capillaries [three-dimensional (3D)] containing the aqueous Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction in a reverse microemulsion stabilized by the ionic surfactant sodium bis-2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate (AOT) and with cyclo-octane as the continuous phase. The 3D structures are oscillatory lamellae or square-packed cylinders at high and low volume fractions, respectively, of aqueous droplets. These patterns correspond to oscillatory labyrinthine stripes and square-packed spots in the 2D configuration. Computer simulations, as well as observations in E. coli, give qualitative agreement with the observed patterns and suggest that, in contrast to Turing patterns, the structures are sensitive to the size and shape of the system. PMID:23214640

  12. FTIR spectroscopic study of the acrylamide states in AOT reversed micelles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guo, Yilu; Wu, Peiyi

    2008-07-01

    The state of acrylamide (AM) confined within the hydrophilic core of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) reversed micelles has been investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy with an attenuated total reflection (ATR) accessory. 2D correlation spectroscopy and curve fitting revealed that the acrylamide molecule was carried into the micellar core by one of the two long tails of the AOT through H-bonding between the amide group and the carbonyl group of AOT. The acrylamide tended to stick at the interface of the inverse emulsion at lower acrylamide-to-AOT molar ratio value ( X); when X increased to some higher values, the acrylamide would tend to congregate in the micellar core. Therefore, it is important to choose the suitable initiator for the inverse emulsion polymerization under different experimental conditions.

  13. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization in microemulsion.

    PubMed

    O'Donnell, Jennifer M

    2012-04-21

    This tutorial review first details the uncontrolled microemulsion polymerization mechanism, and the RAFT polymerization mechanism to provide the necessary background for examining the RAFT microemulsion polymerization mechanism. The effect of the chain transfer agent per micelle ratio and the chain transfer agent aqueous solubility on the RAFT microemulsion polymerization kinetics, polymer molecular weight and polydispersity, and polymer nanoparticle size are discussed with a focus on oil-in-water microemulsions. Modeling of RAFT microemulsion polymerization kinetics and the resulting final polymer molecular weight are presented to assist with the analysis of observed experimental trends. Lastly, the current significance of RAFT microemulsion polymerization and the future directions are discussed. PMID:22246214

  14. A step toward the development of high-temperature stable ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsions containing double-chain anionic surface active ionic liquid.

    PubMed

    Rao, Vishal Govind; Banerjee, Chiranjib; Ghosh, Surajit; Mandal, Sarthak; Kuchlyan, Jagannath; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2013-06-20

    Owing to their fascinating properties and wide range of potential applications, interest in nonaqueous microemulsions has escalated in the past decade. In the recent past, nonaqueous microemulsions containing ionic liquids (ILs) have been utilized in performing chemical reactions, preparation of nanomaterials, synthesis of nanostructured polymers, and drug delivery systems. The most promising fact about IL-in-oil microemulsions is their high thermal stability compared to that of aqueous microemulsions. Recently, surfactant-like properties of surface active ionic liquids (SAILs) have been used for preparation of microemulsions with high-temperature stability and temperature insensitivity. However, previously described methods present a limited possibility of developing IL-in-oil microemulsions with a wide range of thermal stability. With our previous work, we introduced a novel method of creating a huge number of IL-in-oil microemulsions (Rao, V. G.; Ghosh, S.; Ghatak, C.; Mandal, S.; Brahmachari, U.; Sarkar, N. J. Phys. Chem. B2012, 116, 2850-2855), composed of a SAIL as a surfactant, room-temperature ionic liquids as a polar phase, and benzene as a nonpolar phase. The use of benzene as a nonpolar solvent limits the application of the microemulsions to temperatures below 353 K. To overcome this limitation, we have synthesized N,N-dimethylethanolammonium 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (DAAOT), which was used as a surfactant. DAAOT in combination with isopropyl myristate (IPM, as an oil phase) and ILs (as a polar phase) produces a huge number of high-temperature stable IL-in-oil microemulsions. By far, this is the first report of a huge number of high-temperature stable IL-in-oil microemulsions. In particular, we demonstrate the wide range of thermal stability of [C6mim][TF2N]/DAAOT/IPM microemulsions by performing a phase behavior study, dynamic light scattering measurements, and (1)H NMR measurements and by using coumarin-480 (C-480) as a fluorescent probe

  15. Formation of hollow silica nanospheres by reverse microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Lin, Cheng-Han; Chang, Jen-Hsuan; Yeh, Yi-Qi; Wu, Si-Han; Liu, Yi-Hsin; Mou, Chung-Yuan

    2015-06-01

    Uniform hollow silica nanospheres (HSNs) synthesized with reverse microemulsion have great application potential as nanoreactors because enzymes or nanocatalysts can be easily encapsulated de novo in synthesis. Water-in-oil (w/o) reverse microemulsions comprising the polymeric surfactant polyoxyethylene (5) isooctylphenyl ether (Igepal CA-520), ammonia and water in a continuous oil phase (alkanes) coalesce into size-tunable silica nanoparticles via diffusion aggregation after the introduction of silica precursors. Here, we elucidate in detail the growth mechanism for silica nanoparticles via nucleation of ammonium-catalyzed silica oligomers from tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and nanoporous aminopropyltrimethoxy silane (APTS) in the reverse microemulsion system. The formation pathway was studied in situ with small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). We find a four-stage process showing a sigmoidal growth behavior in time with a crossover from the induction period, early nucleation stage, coalescence growth and a final slowing down of growth. Various characterizations (TEM, N2 isotherm, dynamic light scattering, zeta potential, NMR, elemental analysis) reveal the diameters, scattering length density (SLD), mesoporosity, surface potentials and chemical compositions of the HSNs. Oil phases of alkanes with different alkyl chains are systematically employed to tune the sizes of HSNs by varying oil molar volumes, co-solvent amounts or surfactant mixture ratios. Silica condensation is incomplete in the core region, with the silica source of TEOS and APTS leading to the hollow silica nanosphere after etching with warm water. PMID:25952307

  16. Active curcumin nanoparticles formed from a volatile microemulsion template.

    PubMed

    Margulis, K; Srinivasan, S; Ware, M J; Summers, H D; Godin, B; Magdassi, S

    2014-01-01

    We report on biological performance of organic nanoparticles formed by a simple method based on rapid solvent removal from a volatile microemulsion. The particular focus of the study was on testing the suitability of the method for substances soluble in partially water-miscible organic solvents as well as on evaluating the therapeutic activity of the resultant nanoparticles. Curcumin was employed as a model for hydrophobic drug, and, as it is soluble in water-miscible organic solvents, it was successfully incorporated into a new cyclopentanone-water microemulsion system. During rapid solvent removal by spray-drying, the nanometric droplets of the microemulsion were converted into nanoparticles containing amorphous curcumin with the average size of 20.2±3.4 nm, having ζ potential of -36.2 ±1.8 mV. These nanoparticles were dispersible in water and retained the high loading of the active substance. The therapeutic activity of the resulting nanoparticles was demonstrated in a pancreatic cancer cell line Panc-1. The effective concentration for reducing the metabolic activity was found to be 11.5 μM for nanoparticles compared with 19.5 μM for free curcumin. PMID:25485110

  17. Fluorinated microemulsions: A study of the phase behavior and structure

    SciTech Connect

    LoNostro, P.; Choi, S.M.; Chen, S.H.; Ku, C.Y.

    1999-06-24

    Fluorinated surfactants have been studied for their peculiar property to form micellar aggregates in water and oils (hydrocarbons or fluorocarbons) and to produce stable microemulsions. Because of their capacity to dissolve large amounts of gases (such as oxygen and carbon dioxide) and for their characteristic physicochemical properties, fluorocarbons have been tested for specific medical purposes, and their microemulsions are among the most promising candidates for the production of suitable blood substitutes and other biocompatible fluids. The authors have synthesized a new partially fluorinated nonionic surfactant, namely, F(CF{sub 2}){sub 7}-CO-(OCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}){sub 7.2}OCH{sub 3} (I), that forms stable microemulsions with water and perfluorocarbons such as perfluorooctane (PFO). In this paper the authors describe for the first time the phase behaviors of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in water/PFH and in water/PFO, and that of ester I in water/PFO. Small-angle neutron-scattering (SANS) experiments provide a detailed description of the microstructure of the H{sub 2}O/PFO/PFOA ternary system.

  18. Microemulsion-based synthesis of nanocrystalline materials.

    PubMed

    Ganguli, Ashok K; Ganguly, Aparna; Vaidya, Sonalika

    2010-02-01

    Microemulsion-based synthesis is found to be a versatile route to synthesize a variety of nanomaterials. The manipulation of various components involved in the formation of a microemulsion enables one to synthesize nanomaterials with varied size and shape. In this tutorial review several aspects of microemulsion based synthesis of nanocrystalline materials have been discussed which would be of interest to a cross-section of researchers working on colloids, physical chemistry, nanoscience and materials chemistry. The review focuses on the recent developments in the above area with current understanding on the various factors that control the structure and dynamics of microemulsions which can be effectively used to manipulate the size and shape of nanocrystalline materials. PMID:20111772

  19. Spatial, temporal, and energetic disorder in microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    López-Quintela, M. A.; Losada, D.

    1988-08-01

    The relaxation of microemulsions has been studied by means of the pressure-jump relaxation technique with conductimetric detection. Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts stretched expontentials \\{φ(t)=Aexp[-(t/τ)b]\\} were obtained in which the parameter b increases with temperature from the percolation point of the microemulsions, attaining values greater than 1. These findings entail the existence of spatial, temporal, and energetic disorder associated with temperature-dependent (inhibited and enhanced) diffusion.

  20. Polymer-microemulsion interaction: the coacervation model

    SciTech Connect

    Siano, D.B.; Bock, J.

    1982-12-01

    The polymer-microemulsion mixtures studied show a number of qualitative features which can be correctly explained by assuming that microemulsion thermodynamics is similar to that for polymer solutions. The phase diagrams show the predicted asymmetry and the weight average molecular weight is the controlling variable. The coacervation occurs near the polymer threshold overlap concentration so that the cloud point exponent is the same as the Mark-Houwink exponent in the intrinsic viscosity-molecular weight relationship. 19 references.

  1. Pressure and temperature effects on the phase transition from a dense droplet to a lamellar structure in a ternary microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Seto, Hideki; Okuhara, Daisuke; Kawabata, Youhei; Takeda, Takayoshi; Nagao, Michihiro; Suzuki, Jiro; Kamikubo, Hironari; Amemiya, Yoshiyuki

    2000-06-01

    A small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) study of a ternary microemulsion composed of AOT [sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate], water and n-decane was undertaken in order to clarify the phase behavior and the feature of the corresponding structural transition from a dense droplet to a lamellar structure with increasing pressure and temperature. The volume fractions of water and decane were fixed to be equal and the volume fraction of AOT against the whole volume (φs) was selected to be 0.209 and 0.230 in order to compare results with those obtained by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The pressure was varied between 1 and 800 bar under controlled temperature at 20, 25, 29, or 33 °C. Under all conditions applied, the phase transition from the droplet structure to the lamellar structure was observed. The results of analysis of the SAXS profiles indicated that the short-range adhesive potential between droplets becomes more intense with increasing pressure.

  2. Effect of AOT-assisted multi-walled carbon nanotubes on antibacterial activity.

    PubMed

    Bai, Yu; Park, Il Song; Lee, Sook Jeong; Wen, Pu Shan; Bae, Tae Sung; Lee, Min Ho

    2012-01-01

    The dispersing power of surfactant-modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and their effect on the antibacterial activity were examined. The MWCNTs were modified using a dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT) surfactant. UV-vis spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to characterize the dispersion of MWCNTs in the aqueous phase. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the results of UV-vis spectroscopy and TEM, indicating that the AOT molecules had been adsorbed successfully onto the MWCNT surface. The highly dispersed AOT-modified MWCNTs showed strong antibacterial activity to Streptococcus mutans. The fluorescence images showed that the AOT-modified MWCNTs were capable of capturing bacteria and forming cell aggregates as well as killing them. The optical density growth curves and colony-forming units assays confirmed that the antibacterial activity of the AOT-modified MWCNTs was concentration-dependent and treatment time-dependent. This finding might be useful for applications of AOT-modified MWCNTs as an antibacterial agent to eliminate pathogens from a biocontaminated water phase. PMID:21958539

  3. Magnetic resonance studies of a redox probe in a reverse sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate/octane/water microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Binks, Daniel A; Spencer, Neil; Wilkie, John; Britton, Melanie M

    2010-10-01

    The location and dynamics of the [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) complex inside sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT)/octane/water microemulsions were studied, over a range of droplet sizes, using magnetic resonance spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and molecular modeling. The T(1) magnetic resonance relaxation times of water inside the AOT reverse micelles (RMs) were measured in both the presence and the absence of the [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) complex. Large size droplet RMs (ω(0) > 20) were found to be sensitive to the presence of the [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) complex, which was detected through a decrease in the T(1) relaxation time of the water inside the RM core, as compared to RMs containing no [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+). However, no difference in T(1) relaxation time was observed for water in small RMs (ω(0) < 20). Two-dimensional (1)H-(1)H NOESY spectroscopy was performed to probe the location of the [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) complex in both small (ω(0) = 9.2) and large droplets (ω(0) = 34.9). Cross-peaks between protons in the AOT tail groups and bipyridyl ligands were observed, showing that the [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) complex resided in the RM interface. Finally, molecular modeling simulations were performed to probe the location of the [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) complex and the structure of the RM. Molecular dynamics simulations confirmed the location of the [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) complex in the RM interface and detected differences in the surfactant layer and the amount of water penetration into this layer with changing droplet size. PMID:20831183

  4. Co-surfactant free microemulsions: Preparation, characterization and stability evaluation for food application.

    PubMed

    Xu, Zhenbo; Jin, Jun; Zheng, Minying; Zheng, Yan; Xu, Xuebing; Liu, Yuanfa; Wang, Xingguo

    2016-08-01

    The aim of the study is to prepare co-surfactant free microalgal oil microemulsions and investigate their properties as well as processing stability for food application. The physicochemical characteristics of the microemulsions were investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS), turbidity, conductivity, rheological measurements and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Within the microemulsion region, when the surfactant to oil ratio was 9:1, the hydrodynamic diameter (Dh) was 18nm; when the surfactant to oil ratio was 7.5:1, the hydrodynamic diameter (Dh) was 50nm. Rheological studies proved that the microemulsion system was a pseudoplastic fluid, which followed a shear thinning flow behavior. The loss rate of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was less than 5%wt after ultra high temperature (UHT) and high temperature short time (HTST) thermal treatments. A high content of CaCl2 (10.0%wt) could not destroy the microemulsion system, and it could be stored at 4°C for two years. PMID:26988493

  5. Investigation on the structure of water/AOT/IPM/alcohols reverse micelles by conductivity, dynamic light scattering, and small angle X-ray scattering.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Xiaoguang; Chen, Yingjun; Liu, Jiexiang; Zhao, Chuanzhuang; Zhang, Haijiao

    2012-03-29

    We have systematically investigated the effect of alcohols (ethanol, propanol, butanol, and pentanol) on the structure of the water/AOT/IPM system using conductivity, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques. The results show that no percolation phenomenon is observed in the water/AOT/IPM system, whereas the addition of ethanol (propanol and butanol) induces apparently percolation. The threshold water content (W(p)) depends closely on the alcohol type and concentration. The effect of alcohols on the conductance behavior is discussed from the physical properties of alcohols, the interfacial flexibility, and the attractive interactions between droplets. The hydrodynamic diameter of droplets (d(H)) obtained from DLS increases markedly with the increase in water content (W(0)); however, it decreases gradually with increasing alcohol chain length and concentration. SAXS measurements display distinctly the shoulder, the low hump peaks, and the heavy tail phenomenon in the pair distance distribution function p(r) profile, which rely strongly on the alcohol species and its concentration. The gyration radius (R(g)) increases with increasing W(0), and decreases with the increase of alcohol chain length and concentration. Schematic diagram of the conductance mechanism of water/AOT/IPM/alcohol systems is primarily depicted. Three different phases of the discrete droplets, the oligomers, and the isolated ellipsoidal droplets existed in the different W(0) ranges correspond to three different stages in the conductivity-W(0) curve. Coupling the structure characteristics of reverse micelles obtained from DLS and SAXS techniques with conductivity could be greatly helpful to deeply understand the percolation mechanism of water/AOT/IPM/alcohols systems. PMID:22380931

  6. Microemulsions for use as spaces in well cementation

    SciTech Connect

    Carriay, J.; De Lautrec, J.

    1980-09-23

    New application of microemulsions as buffers between the slurry and the cement in the cementation of oil wells. The microemulsions contain an amphoteric surfactant selected from the group of alkyl dimethyl betaines.

  7. Fluorescence dynamics of green fluorescent protein in AOT reversed micelles.

    PubMed

    Uskova, M A; Borst, J W; Hink, M A; van Hoek, A; Schots, A; Klyachko, N L; Visser, A J

    2000-09-15

    We have used the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) to investigate the properties of surfactant-entrapped water pools in organic solvents (reversed micelles) with steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence methods. The surfactant used was sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) and the organic solvents were isooctane and (the more viscous) dodecane, respectively. The water content of the water pools could be controlled through the parameter w0, which is the water-to-surfactant molar ratio. With steady-state fluorescence, it was observed that subtle fluorescence changes could be noted in reversed micelles of different water contents. EGFP can be used as a pH-indicator of the water droplets in reversed micelles. Time-resolved fluorescence methods also revealed subtle changes in fluorescence decay times when the results in bulk water were compared with those in reversed micelles. The average fluorescence lifetimes of EGFP scaled with the relative fluorescence intensities. Time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy of EGFP in aqueous solution and reversed micelles yielded single rotational correlation times. Geometrical considerations could assign the observed correlation times to dehydrated protein at low w0 and internal EGFP rotation within the droplet at the highest w0. PMID:11036971

  8. Coencapsulation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic antituberculosis drugs in synergistic Brij 96 microemulsions: a biophysical characterization.

    PubMed

    Kaur, Gurpreet; Mehta, S K; Kumar, Sandeep; Bhanjana, Gaurav; Dilbaghi, Neeraj

    2015-07-01

    A microemulsion has been formulated to coencapsulate antituberculosis drugs to solve the issue of stability of rifampicin (RIF) in the presence of isoniazid (INH) and pyrazinamide (PZA). The structural transition, solubilization locus, and quantitative release of drugs without interference have been estimated. Derivative absorbance spectroscopy, especially ratio derivative and double divisor ratio derivative methods, has been employed for estimating the release. The coencapsulation of the anti-tuberculosis drugs were carried out in single, binary, or ternary mixtures and occupy the same solubilization sites in multiple drugs microemulsion systems as in the case of single drug-loaded systems. INH and PZA obey the diffusional (Fickian) release mechanism, whereas RIF shows anomalous release. Resazurin assay and agar well diffusion method were adopted for cytotoxicity analysis and antimicrobial activity, respectively. Cytotoxicity was found to be dependent on concentration and on colloidal structure of microemulsion. PMID:25951802

  9. Role of non-ionic surfactants and plant oils on the solubilization of organochlorine pesticides by oil-in-water microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Zheng, Guanyu; Zhao, Zhenyong; Wong, Jonathan W C

    2011-01-01

    Screening low-cost, high efficacy and environmentally safe surface active agents is critical for achieving successful surfactant-enhanced remediation (SER) of soil contaminated with hydrophobic organic compounds. This study reports the solubilization of organochlorine pesticides (DDT or gamma-HCH) in oil-in-water (Winsor I) microemulsions (microE) composed of non-ionic surfactant (Tween 80 or Triton X-100), plant oil (linseed oil or soybean oil), and the cosurfactant (1-pentanol). Results show that the cosurfactant to surfactant ratio (C/S ratio, w/w) is the major factor influencing the microemulsion formation, and C/S ratios of 1:3 and 1:6 are superior to 1:1 for microemulsion formation. 66.9-95.6% and 51.9-80.9% of DDT solubilization enhancements were achieved by microemulsions based respectively on Tween 80 or Triton X-100 as compared to their respective surfactant solution alone, indicating the higher solubilizing capacities of microemulsion systems. The solubilization of gamma-HCH also increased by 40.6-57.5% in microemulsion formed with Tween 80 and 43.0-65.8% in microemulsion formed with Triton X-100, compared with that in corresponding surfactant solutions only. Further studies revealed that both cosurfactant content and oil content could influence the solubilizing capacity of microemulsions system, and higher solubilizing capacity could be obtained when more cosurfactant or oil were emulsified in microemulsion system. Between the two, oil content is more influential than cosurfactant content. The present results affirm the effective role of microemulsions formed with Tween 80 and Triton X-100 in enhancing the solubilization of DDT and gamma-HCH which would facilitate remediation of soils contaminated with these compounds. PMID:21780695

  10. Lignin supracolloids synthesized from (W/O) microemulsions: use in the interfacial stabilization of Pickering systems and organic carriers for silver metal.

    PubMed

    Nypelö, Tiina E; Carrillo, Carlos A; Rojas, Orlando J

    2015-03-14

    Taking advantage of the aromatic and cross-linking tendency of lignin macromolecules extracted from plants, we present a novel method for their assembly into supracolloidal structures. Specifically, spherical particles with controllable size (∼90 nm to 1 μm) were obtained from water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions formulated with a mixture of nonionic surfactants and a colloidal dispersion of a low molecular weight alkali lignin. After spontaneous emulsification, the internal lignin-rich phase was cross-linked to produce the solid particles that could be easily separated by removal of the organic, continuous phase. The efficiency of the fractionated lignin particles to stabilize hexadecane-in-water Pickering emulsions was demonstrated and their properties were compared against those obtained by using traditional inorganic particles. The effect of the particle size of lignin on the emulsion structure is discussed. As a proof of concept we further introduce the use of related emulsions to enable in situ reduction of silver and loading of silver nanoparticles in lignin carriers. PMID:25629687

  11. Influence of surfactant amphiphilicity on the phase behavior of IL-based microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Harrar, Agnes; Zech, Oliver; Klaus, Angelika; Bauduin, Pierre; Kunz, Werner

    2011-10-15

    In this work, we report on the phase behavior of 1-ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium-ethylsulfate ([emim][etSO(4)])/limonene/polyethylene glycol tert-octylphenyl ether (Triton X-114 or TX-114) microemulsions as a function of ionic liquid (IL) content and temperature. Phase diagrams, conductivity measurements, and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments will be presented. A hydrophilic IL, instead of water is used with the goal to enlarge the temperature range on which stable microemulsions can be formed. Indeed, the system shows remarkably large temperature stability, in particular down to -35 °C. We will emphasize on a comparison with a recently published work about microemulsions composed of [emim][etSO(4)], limonene, and Triton X-100 that to some extent are stable at temperatures well below the freezing point of water. The key parameter responsible for the difference in phase behavior, microstructure, and temperature stability is the average repeating number of ethylene oxide units in the surfactant head group, which is smaller for Triton X-114 compared to Triton X-100. Among the fundamental interest, how the amphiphilicity of the surfactant influences the phase diagram and phase behavior of IL-based microemulsions, the exchange of Triton X-100 by Triton X-114 results in one main advantage: along the experimental path the temperature where phase segregation occurs is significantly lowered leading to single phase microemulsions that exist at temperatures beneath 0 °C. PMID:21784427

  12. Antibacterial microemulsion prevents sepsis and triggers healing of wound in wistar rats.

    PubMed

    Ghosh, Vijayalakshmi; Saranya, S; Mukherjee, Amitava; Chandrasekaran, Natarajan

    2013-05-01

    Microemulsions are thermodynamically stable isotropic systems comprising of oil, surfactant and water. Cinnamon oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) microemulsion was formulated using non-ionic surfactant Tween 20 and water. With oil to surfactant (v/v) ratio of 1:4, cinnamon oil microemulsion (CMF4) was formulated having droplet diameter of 5.79 and kinetically stable for 240 days. TEM images confirmed the spherical morphology of emulsion droplets. Surfactant concentration demonstrated a negative correlation with droplet diameter and turbidity but positive correlation with stability and viscosity. Formulated microemulsion (CMF4) was evaluated for bactericidal activity against Staphylococcus aureus by dose and time dependent killing experiment. SEM analysis suggested that microemulsion treatment resulted in alteration of permeability and surface features of bacterial cell membrane which lead to lysis and cell death. CMF4 showed no erythema for skin irritation test in wistar rats and triggered wound-healing process in wistar rats. Control group without any treatment, cinnamon oil only and neomycin treated group healed in 20, 16 and 16 days, whereas cinnamon oil formulation (CMF4) treated group was healed in 14 days. PMID:23357738

  13. Distribution of nobiletin chitosan-based microemulsions in brain following i.v. injection in mice.

    PubMed

    Yao, Jing; Zhou, Jian Ping; Ping, Qi Neng; Lu, Yun; Chen, Liang

    2008-03-20

    The purpose of this study was to characterize the in vitro properties of a number of chitosan-based microemulsions containing nobiletin and determine its distribution in mice brain following i.v. administration. The phase behavior and properties of chitosan-based microemulsions were investigated in a pseudo-ternary system composed of polyoxyethylene 35 castor oil/benzyl alcohol/medium-chain triglyceride/tea oil/water with the chitosan. The droplet sizes were found to be smaller than 25 nm by photo correlation spectrometer. The nobiletin-loaded hyaluronic acid chitosan-based microemulsion (HAC-ME) carried negative charge and nobiletin-loaded hydrochlorate chitosan-based microemulsion (HCC-ME) carried positive charge. The concentrations of nobiletin in tissues were determined by HPLC after i.v. administration of HAC-ME, nobiletin-loaded microemulsion (ME), HCC-ME and nobiletin solution. Based on AUC(0-t), MRT and C(max), HAC-ME delivered more nobiletin to the brain compared to nobiletin solution, ME and HCC-ME. The long-circulation effect might contribute to the higher AUC(0-t) for HAC-ME in brain. On the other hand, the AUC(0-t) in plasma and brain after i.v. administration of HCC-ME were not significantly increased relative to ME. These results indicate that HAC-ME may be presented as potential candidates for delivering more drugs into the brain. PMID:18053660

  14. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of clove bud essential oil and eugenol nanoparticles in alcohol-free microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Hamed, Said Fatouh; Sadek, Zainab; Edris, Amr

    2012-01-01

    Clove bud essential oil (CEO) and its major individual phenolic constituent eugenol were formulated as nanoparticles in water-based microemulsion systems. The oil titration method was used to incorporate different amounts of the oil and eugenol in the micellar solution of Tween-20. The Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities were evaluated using the DPPH* free radical scavenging assay and the agar disc dilution method, respectively. Results showed that microemulsion improved the evaluated activities of CEO and eugenol compared with the crude counterparts. Individual eugenol microemulsion was more effective than CEO microemulsion which contained only 61.7% eugenol among its constituents. The results of this study could have potential applications in water-based disinfectants, preservation and flavoring of food and in personal hygiene products. It may also have promising applications in the nutraceutical and functional beverage field. PMID:23138253

  15. Laminated sponges as challenging solid hydrophilic matrices for the buccal delivery of carvedilol microemulsion systems: Development and proof of concept via mucoadhesion and pharmacokinetic assessments in healthy human volunteers.

    PubMed

    Abd-Elbary, Ahmed; Makky, Amna M A; Tadros, Mina Ibrahim; Alaa-Eldin, Ahmed Adel

    2016-01-20

    Carvedilol (CVD) suffers from low absolute bioavailability (25%) due to its limited aqueous solubility and hepatic first-pass metabolism. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) laminated buccal sponges loaded with CVD microemulsions (CVD-ME) were exploited to surmount such limitations. Six pseudoternary-phase diagrams were constructed using Capmul® MCM C8/Capmul® PG8, Tween® 80, propylene glycol and water. Six CVD-ME systems (0.625% w/v) were incorporated into HPMC core sponges backed with Ethocel® layers. The sponges were preliminary evaluated via FT-IR, DSC and XRD. The surface pH, morphology and in vitro drug release studies were evaluated. In vivo mucoadhesion and absorption studies of the best achieved laminated sponges (F4) were assessed in healthy volunteers. CVD-ME systems displayed nano-spherical clear droplets. The sponges showed interconnecting porous matrices through which CVD was dispersed in amorphous state. No intermolecular interaction was detected between CVD and HPMC. The surface pH values were almost neutral. The sponges loaded with CVD-ME systems showed more sustained-release profiles than those loaded with CVD-powder. Compared to Dilatrend® tablets, the significantly (P<0.05) higher bioavailability (1.5 folds), delayed Tmax and prolonged MRT(0-∞) unraveled the dual-potential of F4 sponges for water-insoluble drugs, like CVD, in improving drug oral bioavailability and in controlling drug release kinetics via buccal mucosa. PMID:26546947

  16. The preparation of neem oil microemulsion (Azadirachta indica) and the comparison of acaricidal time between neem oil microemulsion and other formulations in vitro.

    PubMed

    Xu, Jiao; Fan, Qiao-Jia; Yin, Zhong-Qiong; Li, Xu-Ting; Du, Yong-Hua; Jia, Ren-Yong; Wang, Kai-Yu; Lv, Cheng; Ye, Gang; Geng, Yi; Su, Gang; Zhao, Ling; Hu, Ting-Xiu; Shi, Fei; Zhang, Li; Wu, Chang-Long; Tao, Cui; Zhang, Ya-Xue; Shi, Dong-Xia

    2010-05-11

    The preparation of neem oil microemulsion and its acaricidal activity in vitro was developed in this study. In these systems, the mixture of Tween-80 and the sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) (4:1, by weight) was used as compound surfactant; the mixture of compound surfactant and hexyl alcohol (4:1, by weight) was used as emulsifier system; the mixture of neem oil, emulsifier system and water (1:3.5:5.5, by weight) was used as neem oil microemulsion. All the mixtures were stired in 800 rpm for 15 min at 40 degrees C. The acaricidal activity was measured by the speed of kill. The whole lethal time value of 10% neem oil microemulsion was 192.50 min against Sarcoptes scabiei var. cuniculi larvae in vitro. The median lethal time value was 81.7463 min with the toxicity regression equations of Y=-6.0269+3.1514X. These results demonstrated that neem oil microemulsion was effective against Sarcoptes scabie var. cuniculi larvae in vitro. PMID:20304561

  17. Microemulsions of N-alkylimidazolium ionic liquid and their performance as microreactors for the photocycloaddition of 9-substituted anthracenes.

    PubMed

    Li, Xin-Wei; Zhang, Jin; Zheng, Li-Qiang; Chen, Bin; Wu, Li-Zhu; Lv, Feng-Feng; Dong, Bin; Tung, Chen-Ho

    2009-05-19

    The phase behavior of the ternary system consisting of an ionic liquid (1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide [C14mim]Br), p-xylene, and water were investigated. Depending on the composition of the ternary system, formation of hexagonal and lamellar liquid crystals as well as microemulsions was observed. 1H NMR spectroscopy study, 2D ROESY spectroscopic analysis, and rheological measurements of the microemulsions indicated that p-xylene is preferably located in the hydrophobic core and the palisade shells of the microemulsions. The sizes of the microemulsion droplets for the samples with water/[C14mim]Br ratio of 78:22 are measured by both dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy with the freeze-fracture technique (FF-TEM). Upon change of the mole ratio of the solubilized xylene to [C14mim]Br from 0 to 2.4, the diameters of the microemulsion droplets increase from ca. 20 to 90 nm and size distribution gets broad. These microemulsions can solubilize and preorientate anthracene derivatives with a polar 9-substituent, and thus may enhance the head-to-head cyclomers in the photocyclization of these substrates. PMID:19432490

  18. Microstructural study and size control of iron oxide nanoparticles produced by microemulsion technique

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Koutzarova, T.; Kolev, S.; Ghelev, Ch.; Paneva, D.; Nedkov, I.

    2006-05-01

    In this paper we study the possibility to control the size of iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles by the microemulsion technique. We used a water-in-oil reverse microemulsion system with n-hexadecil trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a cationic surfactant, n-butanol as a co-surfactant, n-hexanol as a continuous oil phase, and aqueous phase. The magnetite nanopowders were synthesized by a single microemulsion technique in which the aqueous phase contains only metal ions (Fe2+ and Fe3+). The particle size of the powders varied in the range of 14-36 nm depending on the preparation conditions. We studied the influence of changing the water/surfactant ratio (W 0 = 5, 10, 15, 20) and the metallic ion (Fe2+ and Fe3+) concentration on the particle size distribution and crystallinity of Fe3O4.

  19. Micelle, microemulsions, and gels for the conservation of cultural heritage.

    PubMed

    Baglioni, Piero; Berti, Debora; Bonini, Massimo; Carretti, Emiliano; Dei, Luigi; Fratini, Emiliano; Giorgi, Rodorico

    2014-03-01

    Past restorations performed with acrylic and vinyl polymers showed detrimental effects to wall paintings that lead to the complete disfiguration of the painted surfaces. The removal of these materials performed with the traditional solvent-based methodology represents a real challenge to conservators and usually achieves very poor results. This review reports on the new palette, nowadays available to restorers, based on microemulsions, micellar systems, physical and chemical gels specifically formulated for the cleaning of cultural heritage artefacts. These systems have been developed in the last twenty years within the cultural framework of colloids and surface science. PMID:24200088

  20. Nanodroplet cluster formation in ionic liquid microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Gao, Yanan; Voigt, Andreas; Hilfert, Liane; Sundmacher, Kai

    2008-08-01

    A common ionic liquid (IL), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF(4)), is used as polar solvent to induce the formation of a reverse bmimBF(4)-in-toluene IL microemulsion with the aid of the nonionic surfactant Triton X-100. The swelling process of the microemulsion droplets by increasing bmimBF(4) content is detected by dynamic light scattering (DLS), conductivity, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy (FF-TEM). The results show that the microemulsion droplets initially formed are enlarged by the addition of bmimBF(4). However, successive addition of bmimBF(4) lead to the appearance of large-sized microemulsion droplet clusters (200-400 nm). NMR spectroscopic analysis reveal that the special structures and properties of bmimBF(4) and Triton X-100 together with the polar nature of toluene contribute to the formation of such self-assemblies. These unique self-assembled structures of IL-based microemulsion droplet clusters may have some unusual and unique properties with a number of interesting possibilities for potential applications. PMID:18576451

  1. Biochemical and structural characterisation of cutinase mutants in the presence of the anionic surfactant AOT.

    PubMed

    Brissos, V; Melo, E P; Martinho, J M G; Cabral, J M S

    2008-09-01

    The reactivity, stability and unfolding of wild-type (WT) Fusarium solani pisi cutinase and L153Q, S54D and T179C variants were studied in the absence and presence of the dioctyl sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT) surfactant. In the absence of surfactant the S54D variant catalytic activity is similar to that of the WT cutinase, whereas L153Q and T179C variants show a lower activity. AOT addition induces an activity reduction for WT cutinase and its variants, although for low AOT concentrations a small increase of activity was observed for S54D and T179C. The enzyme deactivation in the presence of 0.5 mM AOT is relatively slow for the S54D and T179C variants when compared to wild-type cutinase and L153Q variant. These results were correlated with secondary and tertiary structure changes assessed by the CD spectrum and fluorescence of the single tryptophan and the six tyrosine residues. The WT cutinase and S54D variant have similar secondary and tertiary structures that differ from those of T179C and L153Q variants. L153Q, S54D and T179C mutations prevent the formation of hydrophobic crevices responsible for the unfolding by anionic surfactants, with the consequent decrease of the AOT-cutinase interactions. PMID:18501723

  2. Assessment of the percutaneous penetration of indomethacin from soybean oil microemulsion: effects of the HLB value of mixed surfactants.

    PubMed

    Chen, Liangmei; Tan, Fengping; Wang, Jinfeng; Liu, Feng

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of the ratios or the hydrophile-lipophile balance (HLB) values of Cremophor EL and Span 80 on the phase behavior of the O/W microemulsions and the percutaneous absorption and penetration of indomethacin microemulsions. The existence of microemulsion regions is investigated in quaternary systems composed of soybean oil/Cremophor EL and Span 80 (mixed surfactants)/diethylene glycol monoethyl ether (cosurfactant)/water by constructing pseudo-ternary phase diagrams at various Cremophor EL/Span 80 ratios. In addition, five microemulsion formulations with various mixed surfactants HLB values were evaluated by in vitro penetration experiments using mouse skin and Franz diffusion cells. The flux and amount of indomethacin penetration from 5 microemulsion formulations were significantly different from the control, and the enhance ratios ranged from 2.38 to 4.68 and 2.11 to 4.23, respectively. The HLB value of mixed surfactants in the formulations was a principal factor in determining the percutaneous penetration of the drug. The flux and amount of drug penetration increased gradually with increasing content of the lipophilic surfactant Span 80 and skin retention was highest for mixed surfactants with a HLB value of 7.6. Therefore, it is suggested that the presence of mixed surfactants was beneficial in the formation of O/W microemulsions and enhanced percutaneous penetration of indomethacin. PMID:22393828

  3. Microemulsions of triglyceride-based oils: The effect of co-oil and salinity on phase diagrams.

    PubMed

    Komesvarakul, Napaporn; Sanders, Monica D; Szekeres, Erika; Acosta, Edgar J; Faller, James F; Mentlik, Tony; Fisher, Louis B; Nicoll, Gregg; Sabatini, David A; Scamehorn, John F

    2006-01-01

    Microemulsification of triglyceride-based oil is challenging due to the formation of undesirable phases such as macroemulsions, liquid crystals, or sponge phases. This research evaluates the formation of artificial sebum microemulsions using linker molecules, with the addition of co-oil to help enhance sebum solubilization. The microemulsion consists of a lipophilic linker (sorbitan monooleate), a hydrophilic linker (hexylglucocide), a main surfactant (sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate), a co-oil, and artificial sebum. The effect of adding co-oil to the phase behavior and the microstructure of the resulting microemulsion is described. The effect of several types of co-oil is also studied; the co-oils evaluated here are squalene, squalane, isopropyl myristate, and ethyl laurate. The effect of salinity on the microemulsion phase behavior is also presented. Fish diagrams are obtained by plotting total surfactant/linker concentration as a function of sebum fraction in the oil mixture (co-oil + sebum). Different microemulsion types (Winsor Types I, II, III, and IV) are formed, depending on the total surfactant/linker concentration and the fraction of co-oil in the oil mixture. Winsor Type IV (single-phase) microemulsions are observed at high surfactant/linker concentrations. These single-phase, isotropic, and low-viscous fluids are particularly useful for cleansing and delivery of functional ingredients in skin care products. Salt addition shifts the fish diagram towards more hydrophobic oil systems and higher surfactant/linker concentrations. PMID:16957810

  4. Phosphatidylcholine embedded microemulsions: physical properties and improved Caco-2 cell permeability.

    PubMed

    Spernath, Aviram; Aserin, Abraham; Ziserman, Lior; Danino, Dganit; Garti, Nissim

    2007-06-22

    The present study evaluates the effect of a solubilized model drug, diclofenac sodium salt (diclofenac), in our unique new U-type microemulsion system embedded with phosphatidylcholine (PC) in terms of microstructure transformations, physical properties of the system (viscosity, electrical conductivity), droplet sizes and shapes, and nucleation and growth of the droplets. The physical properties are correlated to the permeability of diclofenac through Caco-2 monolayer cells. The major findings reported are: (1) systems that are rich in surfactant and contain minimal oil phase form a microemulsion that enables high solubilization of diclofenac (20 wt.% diclofenac in the oil and surfactant concentrate can be fully diluted with water); (2) PC presence at the interface does not affect the size of the O/W droplets, while the presence of diclofenac at the interface decreases the O/W droplet size by an average of 50%; (3) diclofenac seems to increase incorporation of PC into the W/O interface; (4) diclofenac affects the physical properties of the microemulsion increasing the viscosity of the W/O microemulsion system and completely changing the conductivity profile of the system upon water dilution; (5) cryo-TEM images indicate that above 70 wt.% water the droplets are spherical; (6) diclofenac permeability through Caco-2 monolayer cells increases when PC is embedded into the interface. PMID:17475359

  5. Unexpected increasing AOT trends over northwest Bay of Bengal in the early postmonsoon season

    SciTech Connect

    Kishcha, P.; Starobinets, B.; Long, Charles N.; Alpert, P.

    2012-12-13

    The main point of our study is that aerosol trends can be created by changes in meteorology without changes in aerosol source strength. Over the 10 year period 2000–2009, in October, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) showed strong increasing aerosol optical thickness (AOT) trends of approximately 14% yr-1 over northwest Bay of Bengal (BoB) in the absence of AOT trends over the east of the Indian subcontinent. This was unexpected because sources of anthropogenic pollution were located over the Indian subcontinent and aerosol transport from the Indian subcontinent to northwest BoB was carried out by prevailing winds. In October, winds over the east of the Indian subcontinent were stronger than winds over northwest BoB, which resulted in wind convergence and accumulation of aerosol particles over northwest BoB. Moreover, there was an increasing trend in wind convergence over northwest BoB. This led to increasing trends in the accumulation of aerosol particles over northwest BoB and, consequently, to strong AOT trends over this area. In contrast to October, November showed no increasing AOT trends over northwest BoB or the nearby Indian subcontinent. The lack of AOT trends over northwest BoB corresponds to a lack of trends in wind convergence in that region. Finally, December domestic heating by the growing population resulted in positive AOT trends of similar magnitude over land and sea. Our findings illustrate that in order to explain and predict trends in regional aerosol loading, meteorological trends should be taken into consideration together with changes in aerosol source strength.

  6. Formation of hollow silica nanospheres by reverse microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lin, Cheng-Han; Chang, Jen-Hsuan; Yeh, Yi-Qi; Wu, Si-Han; Liu, Yi-Hsin; Mou, Chung-Yuan

    2015-05-01

    Uniform hollow silica nanospheres (HSNs) synthesized with reverse microemulsion have great application potential as nanoreactors because enzymes or nanocatalysts can be easily encapsulated de novo in synthesis. Water-in-oil (w/o) reverse microemulsions comprising the polymeric surfactant polyoxyethylene (5) isooctylphenyl ether (Igepal CA-520), ammonia and water in a continuous oil phase (alkanes) coalesce into size-tunable silica nanoparticles via diffusion aggregation after the introduction of silica precursors. Here, we elucidate in detail the growth mechanism for silica nanoparticles via nucleation of ammonium-catalyzed silica oligomers from tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and nanoporous aminopropyltrimethoxy silane (APTS) in the reverse microemulsion system. The formation pathway was studied in situ with small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). We find a four-stage process showing a sigmoidal growth behavior in time with a crossover from the induction period, early nucleation stage, coalescence growth and a final slowing down of growth. Various characterizations (TEM, N2 isotherm, dynamic light scattering, zeta potential, NMR, elemental analysis) reveal the diameters, scattering length density (SLD), mesoporosity, surface potentials and chemical compositions of the HSNs. Oil phases of alkanes with different alkyl chains are systematically employed to tune the sizes of HSNs by varying oil molar volumes, co-solvent amounts or surfactant mixture ratios. Silica condensation is incomplete in the core region, with the silica source of TEOS and APTS leading to the hollow silica nanosphere after etching with warm water.Uniform hollow silica nanospheres (HSNs) synthesized with reverse microemulsion have great application potential as nanoreactors because enzymes or nanocatalysts can be easily encapsulated de novo in synthesis. Water-in-oil (w/o) reverse microemulsions comprising the polymeric surfactant polyoxyethylene (5) isooctylphenyl ether (Igepal CA-520), ammonia and

  7. Novel dithranol phospholipid microemulsion for topical application: development, characterization and percutaneous absorption studies.

    PubMed

    Raza, Kaisar; Negi, Poonam; Takyar, Shweta; Shukla, Anshuman; Amarji, Basant; Katare, O P

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to develop and characterize a novel dithranol-containing phospholipid microemulsion systems for enhanced skin permeation and retention. Based on the solubility of dithranol, the selected oils were isopropyl myristate (IPM) and tocopherol acetate (TA), and the surfactants were Tween 80 (T80) and Tween 20 (T20). The ratios of cosurfactants comprising of phospholipids and ethanol (1 : 10) and surfactant to co-surfactant (1 : 1 and 2.75 : 1) were fixed for the phase diagram construction. Selected microemulsions were evaluated for globule size, zeta potential, viscosity, refractive index, per cent transmittance, stability (freeze thaw and centrifugation), ex vivo skin permeation and retention. The microemulsion systems composed of IPM and T80 with mean particle diameter of 72.8 nm showed maximum skin permeation (82.23%), skin permeation flux (0.281 mg/cm²/h) along with skin retention (8.31%) vis-à-vis systems containing TA and T20. The results suggest that the developed novel lecithinized microemulsion systems have a promising potential for the improved topical delivery of dithranol. PMID:21395406

  8. Influence of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) on zinc electrodeposition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lehr, I. L.; Saidman, S. B.

    2012-03-01

    This work is a study of the electrodeposition of zinc onto SAE 4140 steel electrodes using solutions containing zinc sulfate and bis(2-ethylhexyl) sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT). The influence of different parameters such as electrolyte concentration, electrodeposition time and temperature on the morphology of the electrodeposits was analyzed. The deposits were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and X-ray diffraction. The variation of open circuit potential over time in chloride solutions was also evaluated. The nucleation-growth process and consequently the morphology of the electrodeposits are modified in the presence of AOT. The surfactant induces the formation of a porous deposit.

  9. Eco-solvents--cluster-formation, surfactantless microemulsions and facilitated hydrotropy.

    PubMed

    Klossek, Michael L; Touraud, Didier; Kunz, Werner

    2013-07-14

    In this paper we consider clusters in the ternary systems water-benzyl alcohol and ethanol, ethyl lactate or γ-valerolactone as found with the help of dynamic and static light scattering experiments. These ternary mixtures are powerful solvent media and consist only of low-toxic solvents of natural origin. In a recent work we have shown that surfactantless microemulsions are formed in the water-ethanol-n-octanol system. By contrast, in the systems studied here the sizes of the aggregates are too small to be considered as micelles. It can be postulated that the presence of clusters or larger structures as in surfactantless microemulsions is strongly influenced by the most hydrophobic compound. The phenomenon of facilitated hydrotropy is also investigated in the above-mentioned systems. In this context, ethanol is considered as the primary hydrotrope and the more hydrophobic benzyl alcohol as the facilitating secondary hydrotrope. The hydrophobic dye Disperse Red 13 is used as a marker of facilitated hydrotropy. The results suggest that the degree of self-association of eco-solvent has a significant influence on the hydrotropic efficiency of benzyl alcohol. PMID:23708062

  10. Preparation of nanoparticles in reverse microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tovstun, Sergey A.; Razumov, Vladimir F.

    2011-10-01

    Experimental data and results of theoretical studies dealing with the synthesis of nanoparticles by the condensation of products of chemical reactions in reverse microemulsions are generalized. Attention is focused on the analysis of mechanisms of nanoparticle nucleation and growth. The bibliography includes 252 references.

  11. Ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Eastoe, Julian; Gold, Sarah; Rogers, Sarah E; Paul, Alison; Welton, Tom; Heenan, Richard K; Grillo, Isabelle

    2005-05-25

    Phase stability and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data show that surfactant-stabilized nanodomains of a typical ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate [bmim][BF4]) may be dispersed by the nonionic surfactant Triton-X100 in cyclohexane. Analyses of these SANS data are consistent with the formation of ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsion droplets. PMID:15898765

  12. Microemulsion formation and phase behavior of anionic and cationic surfactants with sodium dodecyl sulfate and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide

    SciTech Connect

    Li, X.; Lin, E.; Zhao, G.; Xiao, T.

    1996-12-01

    The phase behavior and solubilization of multiphase microemulsions in mixed anionic-cationic surfactant systems were studied for fixed ratio of water-to-oil and surfactant-to-alcohol. In the mixed surfactants (sodium dodecyl sulfate + cetyltrimethylammonium bromide)/heptane/alcohol/water systems, microemulsions and birefringement phases are formed by adjusting the surfactant ratio {epsilon} and the cationic weight fraction {delta}. The bicontinuous (or w/o microemulsion) {yields} birefringement o/w microemulsion transition takes place and microemulsion domain enlarges with increasing {epsilon}. The optimum surfactant concentration {gamma} increases and the corresponding optimum {delta} decreases with increasing {epsilon} and both of them decrease with increasing the alcohol chain length butanol to hexanol. The birefringent region shrinks rapidly with increasing alcohol and/or CTAB weight fractions in total surfactant concentration. Conductivity measurements have been performed in the single-phase region of the system containing mixed surfactants and alcohols at 25 C. The conductivity results indicate where a transition takes place and which of these different types of phase structures may be in the single-phase of the system containing anionic-cationic mixed surfactants.

  13. Phase behavior and microstructure of microemulsions with a room-temperature ionic liquid as the polar phase.

    PubMed

    Atkin, Rob; Warr, Gregory G

    2007-08-01

    Microemulsions of nonionic alkyl oligoethyleneoxide (CiEj) surfactants, alkanes, and ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), a room-temperature ionic liquid, have been prepared and characterized. Studies of phase behavior reveal that EAN microemulsions have many features in common with corresponding aqueous systems, the primary difference being that higher surfactant concentrations and longer surfactant tailgroups are required to offset the decreased solvophobicity the surfactant molecules in EAN compared with water. The response of the EAN microemulsions to variation in the length of the alkane, surfactant headgroup, and surfactant tailgroup has been found to parallel that observed in aqueous systems in most instances. EAN microemulsions exhibit a single broad small-angle X-ray scattering peak, like aqueous systems. These are well described by the Teubner-Strey model. A lamellar phase was also observed for surfactants with longer tails at lower temperatures. The scattering peaks of both microemulsion and lamellar phases move to lower wave vector on increasing temperature. This is ascribed to a decrease in the interfacial area of the surfactant layer. Phase behavior, small-angle X-ray scattering, and conductivity experiments have allowed the weakly to strongly structured transition to be identified for EAN systems. PMID:17636975

  14. Silver nanoparticles in hydrogels and microemulsions—a comparative account of their properties and bio-activity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ray, Debajyoti; Chatterjee, Saptarshi; Sarkar, Keka; De, Swati

    2014-09-01

    Stable silver nanoparticles were prepared in sodium Aerosol OT (AOT) based microemulsions and hydrogels. The various gel and microemulsion compositions used for nanoparticle synthesis were obtained from the phase diagram of the AOT/n-heptane/H2O system. It was found that only in gels can AOT play a dual role of stabilizer as well as reducing agent. In microemulsions, AOT acts as a stabilizer only. In gels, the commonly used NaBH4 reduction results in spherical silver nanoparticles while the AOT based reduction yields highly facetted particles. In microemulsion however, larger particles of undefined shapes are formed in low yield while for the gels, a large number of particles are formed. The synthesized silver nanoparticles show strong antibacterial activity.

  15. Influence of high intensity sweeteners and sugar alcohols on a beverage microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Marcus, Julien; Wolfrum, Stefan; Touraud, Didier; Kunz, Werner

    2015-12-15

    The present paper shows the effects of added sugars and sweeteners on the clearing temperature of a highly water dilutable fatty acid salt microemulsion used as a model of a beverage concentrate. There is a twofold interest in this work. The first one is practical and relates to the fact that many fatty acid salt surfactants can be used in food without major regulatory restrictions. As is shown here, they allow making highly stable microemulsions even at neutral and acidic pH. The second one is more of scientific interest. The model system can be used to study the effect of sugars and sweeteners on the formulation stability depending on their charges, amphiphilic properties, and localization in the microemulsion interfacial film. An important practical result is the discovery of the possibility to formulate highly dilutable microemulsions at neutral or slightly acid pH with a good taste in presence of sucralose. Further, a significant decrease of the pKA of the fatty acid is observed in presence of stevia, thus allowing transparent, fairly stable systems at neutral pH. PMID:26319326

  16. Microstructure near the oil corner of a ternary microemulsion

    SciTech Connect

    Skurtveit, R.; Olsson, U. |

    1992-10-15

    The microstructure in the oil-rich part of the microemulsion phase in the DDAB-water-dodecane system was investigated at 20 {degrees}C. Surfactant {sup 14}N NMR relaxation and water self-diffusion experiments were performed as a function of oil dilution for three different surfactant-to-water ratios, s/w. At high volume fractions, {Phi}{sup *}, of surfactant and water, the microstructure is biocontinuous. Upon dilution with oil, there is a gradual transition to a discrete particle structure. The average size of the particles decreases with dilution, to become spherical, with a radius dictated by s/w, at infinite dilution. At constant {Phi}, the particle size increases with increasing s/w. The volume fraction, {Phi}{sup *}, which marks the onset for the formation of a connected microstructure, decreases with increasing s/w. Outside the phase boundary at high water content, there is a concentrated and dilute microemulsion coexistence, with a critical point. This system does not have an oil dilution line of invariant spherical reverse micelles. 49 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  17. Trend estimates of AERONET-observed and model-simulated AOTs between 1993 and 2013

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yoon, Jongmin; Pozzer, Andrea; Chang, Dong Yeong

    2015-04-01

    Recently, several researches have been actively conducted on the temporal changes in global aerosol by model simulations and satellite/ground observations. However, most studies of the trend estimates were based on monthly arithmetic means that are not good enough to present measures of central tendency in generally right-skewed AOT distributions. Therefore their results can be biased by the extreme values (i.e. outliers). This study uses several percentiles (i.e. the lowest 5%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 95% in monthly cumulative distributions of the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) all-points L2.0 data) that are less sensitive to the outliers, and provides the trend estimates to be more statistically robust. By applying various aerosol type classifications based on Ångström exponent, Single scattering albedo, and fine-mode fraction, we investigate the causes leading to the AOT trends over different regions. Furthermore, we minimize the possible uncertainty in the trend estimates regarding the underrepresented aerosols below clouds by integrating the model-simulated AOT from EMAC (ECHAM5/MESSy for Atmospheric Chemistry). In addition, the trend estimates of EMAC-simulated AOTs decomposed into several aerosol components (i.e., black carbon, organic carbon, dust, aerosol water, sea salt, and water soluble compounds) are potentially useful to identify the leading causes.

  18. In-vitro and in-vivo comparison of T-OA microemulsions and solid dispersions based on EPDC.

    PubMed

    Hou, Peng; Cao, Sali; Ni, Jian; Zhang, Tao; Cai, Zhengjun; Liu, Juanjuan; Wang, Ye; Wang, Penglong; Lei, Haimin; Liu, Yong

    2015-02-01

    The goal of this study was to enhance the absorption of a new water-insoluble antitumor lead compound, T-OA (3β-hydroxyolea-12-en-28-oic acid-3, 5, 6-trimethylpyrazin-2-methyl ester). Early-stage preparation discovery concept (EPDC) was employed in this study. Based on this concept, a microemulsion system was chosen as the method of improving bioavailability. The solubility of T-OA was checked in different oils, surfactants and cosurfactants. Ternary phase diagrams were constructed to evaluate the microemulsion domain. Developed high-performance liquid chromatography method was used to determine drug content. The transparent o/w microemulsion formulation composed of oleic acid (oil), Tween 80 (surfactant), ethanol (co-surfactant) and water enhanced the solubility of T-OA up to 20 mg/mL. It was characterized in terms of appearance, content, viscosity, zeta potential, conductivity, morphology and particle size. The particle size distribution, viscosity, conductivity and zeta potential were found to be 70 nm, 15.57 MPa s, 44.1 μS cm(-1) and -0.174, respectively. Oral bioavailability of T-OA microemulsion and oleic acid solution were checked by using rat model. Contrast to the solid dispersion and proto drug, the area-under-the-curve (AUC) of T-OA microemulsion and oleic acid solution were significantly enhanced. The relative bioavailability of T-OA microemulsion was found to be 5654.7%, which is 57-fold higher than the pure drug. Improved T-OA solubility in microemulsion was found sustained 48 h in dilution study. While the solid dispersion may precipitate under the gastrointestinal circumstance based on dilution results. The in-vivo and in-vitro results indicated that, compare to improve the solubility, it is more important to maintain and prolong the T-OA dissolved status, for improvement of the in-vivo absorption. PMID:24256156

  19. Mechanisms of microemulsion enhancing the oral bioavailability of puerarin: comparison between oil-in-water and water-in-oil microemulsions using the single-pass intestinal perfusion method and a chylomicron flow blocking approach

    PubMed Central

    Tang, Tian-Tian; Hu, Xiong-Bin; Liao, De-Hua; Liu, Xin-Yi; Xiang, Da-Xiong

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the present work was to determine the mechanisms by which microemulsions (MEs) enhance the oral bioavailability of puerarin. The in situ perfusion method was used in rats to study the absorption mechanisms of an oil-in-water (O/W) microemulsion (O/W-ME) and a water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion (W/O-ME). The possibility of lymphatic transport of the MEs was investigated using a chylomicron flow blocking approach. The results for the absorption mechanisms in the stomach and intestines indicated that the absorption characteristics of the O/W-ME and W/O-ME depend on the segment. The W/O-ME had higher internal membrane permeability than the O/W-ME. The results of the lymphatic transport analyses showed that both the O/W-ME and W/O-ME underwent lymphatic transport and that this pathway was a major contributor to the oral bioavailability of MEs. Furthermore, the type of ME can significantly affect the absorption of puerarin through the lymphatic system due to the oil content and the form of the microemulsion after oral administration. In conclusion, these data indicate that microemulsions are an effective and promising delivery system to enhance the oral bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs. PMID:24277986

  20. Docetaxel microemulsion for enhanced oral bioavailability: preparation and in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

    PubMed

    Yin, Yong-Mei; Cui, Fu-De; Mu, Chao-Feng; Choi, Min-Koo; Kim, Jung Sun; Chung, Suk-Jae; Shim, Chang-Koo; Kim, Dae-Duk

    2009-12-01

    A microemulsion system of docetaxel was prepared and evaluated for its solubilization capacity and oral bioavailability improvement. Based on a solubility study and pseudo ternary phase diagrams, microemulsions of about 30 nm in mean diameter were formulated with improved solubilization capacity towards the hydrophobic drug, docetaxel. The o/w microemulsion formulation (M-3) composed of Capryol 90 (oil), Cremophor EL (surfactant) and Transcutol (co-surfactant) enhanced the solubility of docetaxel up to 30 mg/mL, which maintained solubilization capacity for 24 h even after it was diluted 20 times with normal saline. The three formulations did not show significant difference in the in vitro lipid digestion study. Both the ultrafiltration and dialysis studies revealed that the release of 80% of docetaxel was released from the microemulsions within 12 h in vitro. Compared to the commercial product Taxotere (0.025 microg/cm(2)), the apical to basolateral transport of docetaxel across the Caco-2 cell monolayer from the M-3 formulation (Capryol 90/Cremophor EL/Transcutol=29.4:24.9:12.4, w/w) was significantly improved (0.624 microg/cm(2), p < 0.01). Moreover, the oral bioavailability of the M-3 formulation in rats (34.42%) rose dramatically compared to that of the orally administered Taxotere (6.63%). This increase in bioavailability was probably due to the combined effect of the enhancement in solubility, the inhibition of P-gp efflux system and the increase in permeability. These results encourage further development of docetaxel microemulsions as an oral drug delivery system. PMID:19709639

  1. Biocatalytic synthesis of flavor ester "pentyl valerate" using Candida rugosa lipase immobilized in microemulsion based organogels: effect of parameters and reusability.

    PubMed

    Raghavendra, Tripti; Panchal, Nilam; Divecha, Jyoti; Shah, Amita; Madamwar, Datta

    2014-01-01

    Pentyl valerate was synthesized biocatalytically using Candida rugosa lipase (CRL) immobilized in microemulsion based organogels (MBGs). The optimum conditions were found to be pH 7.0, temperature of 37 °C, ratio of concentration of water to surfactant (Wo) of 60, and the surfactant sodium bis-2-(ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) for MBG preparation. Although kinetic studies revealed that the enzyme in free form had high affinity towards substrates (K(m) = 23.2 mM for pentanol and 76.92 mM for valeric acid) whereas, after immobilization, the K(m) values increased considerably (74.07 mM for pentanol and 83.3 mM for valeric acid) resulting in a slower reaction rate, the maximum conversion was much higher in case of immobilized enzyme (~99%) as compared to free enzyme (~19%). Simultaneous effects of important parameters were studied using response surface methodology (RSM) conjugated with Box-Behnken design (BBD) with five variables (process parameters), namely, enzyme concentration, initial water content (Wo), solvent used for MBG preparation, substrate ratio and time, and response as the final product formation, that is, pentyl valerate (%). The MBGs were reused for 10 consecutive cycles for ester synthesis. Efficacy of AOT/isooctane as dehydrating agent for extracting excess water from MBGs was found to exert a positive effect on the esterification reaction. PMID:25093166

  2. Biocatalytic Synthesis of Flavor Ester “Pentyl Valerate” Using Candida rugosa Lipase Immobilized in Microemulsion Based Organogels: Effect of Parameters and Reusability

    PubMed Central

    Raghavendra, Tripti; Panchal, Nilam; Divecha, Jyoti; Shah, Amita; Madamwar, Datta

    2014-01-01

    Pentyl valerate was synthesized biocatalytically using Candida rugosa lipase (CRL) immobilized in microemulsion based organogels (MBGs). The optimum conditions were found to be pH 7.0, temperature of 37°C, ratio of concentration of water to surfactant (Wo) of 60, and the surfactant sodium bis-2-(ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) for MBG preparation. Although kinetic studies revealed that the enzyme in free form had high affinity towards substrates (Km = 23.2 mM for pentanol and 76.92 mM for valeric acid) whereas, after immobilization, the Km values increased considerably (74.07 mM for pentanol and 83.3 mM for valeric acid) resulting in a slower reaction rate, the maximum conversion was much higher in case of immobilized enzyme (~99%) as compared to free enzyme (~19%). Simultaneous effects of important parameters were studied using response surface methodology (RSM) conjugated with Box-Behnken design (BBD) with five variables (process parameters), namely, enzyme concentration, initial water content (Wo), solvent used for MBG preparation, substrate ratio and time, and response as the final product formation, that is, pentyl valerate (%). The MBGs were reused for 10 consecutive cycles for ester synthesis. Efficacy of AOT/isooctane as dehydrating agent for extracting excess water from MBGs was found to exert a positive effect on the esterification reaction. PMID:25093166

  3. In Vivo Evaluation of Transdermal Iodide Microemulsion for Treating Iodine Deficiency Using Sprague Dawley Rats.

    PubMed

    Alayoubi, Alaadin; Sullivan, Ryan D; Lou, Hao; Patel, Hemlata; Mandrell, Timothy; Helms, Richard; Almoazen, Hassan

    2016-06-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the transdermal efficiency of iodide microemulsion in treating iodine deficiency using rats as an animal model. Animals were fed either iodine-deficient diet (20 μg/kg iodide) or control diet (200 μg/kg iodide) over a 17-month period. At month 14, iodide microemulsion was applied topically in iodine-deficient group and physiological evaluations of thyroid gland functions were characterized by monitoring the thyroid hormones (T3, T4), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), iodide ion excretion in urine, and the overall rat body weights in both groups. Moreover, morphological evaluations of thyroid gland before and after treatment were performed by ultrasound imaging and through histological assessment. Prior to microemulsion treatment, the levels of T3, T4, and TSH in iodine-deficient group were statistically significant as compared to that in the control group. The levels of T3 and T4 increased while TSH level decreased significantly in iodine-deficient group within the first 4 weeks of treatment. After treatment, iodide concentration in urine increased significantly. There was no statistical difference in weight between the two groups. Ultrasound imaging and histological evaluations showed evidence of hyperplasia in iodine-deficient group. Topical iodide microemulsion has shown a promising potential as a novel delivery system to treat iodine deficiency. PMID:26288943

  4. Role of mucoadhesive polymers in enhancing delivery of nimodipine microemulsion to brain via intranasal route

    PubMed Central

    Pathak, Rudree; Prasad Dash, Ranjeet; Misra, Manju; Nivsarkar, Manish

    2014-01-01

    Intranasal drug administration is receiving increased attention as a delivery method for bypassing the blood–brain barrier and rapidly targeting therapeutics to the CNS. However, rapid mucociliary clearance in the nasal cavity is a major hurdle. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of mucoadhesive polymers in enhancing the delivery of nimodipine microemulsion to the brain via the intranasal route. The optimized mucoadhesive microemulsion was characterized, and the in vitro drug release and in vivo nasal absorption of drug from the new formulation were evaluated in rats. The optimized formulation consisted of Capmul MCM as oil, Labrasol as surfactant, and Transcutol P as co-surfactant, with a particle size of 250 nm and zeta potential value of −15 mV. In vitro and ex vivo permeation studies showed an initial burst of drug release at 30 min and sustained release up to 6 h, attributable to the presence of free drug entrapped in the mucoadhesive layer. In vivo pharmacokinetic studies in rats showed that the use of the mucoadhesive microemulsion enhanced brain and plasma concentrations of nimodipine. These results suggest that incorporation of a mucoadhesive agent in a microemulsion intranasal delivery system can increase the retention time of the formulation and enhance brain delivery of drugs. PMID:26579378

  5. Delivery of gatifloxacin using microemulsion as vehicle: formulation, evaluation, transcorneal permeation and aqueous humor drug determination.

    PubMed

    Kalam, Mohd Abul; Alshamsan, Aws; Aljuffali, Ibrahim A; Mishra, Anil K; Sultana, Yasmin

    2016-01-01

    The successful ophthalmic delivery system is reliant on the diminution in the precorneal loss of drugs by increasing the corneal contact time and increasing the transcorneal permeability, which may enhance the bioavailability of drug to the eyes. The objective of this investigation was to develop and evaluate the potential of microemulsions of gatifloxacin with respect to the conventional eye drops of gatifloxacin. Oil-in-water microemulsions were prepared with different concentrations of oil, surfactant and co-surfactant using aqueous titration method. All formulations showed circular shape droplets, displayed an average droplet size ranged between 51 and 74 nm and absolute zeta potential values ranged from 15 to 24 mV, with optimum physicochemical characteristics suitable for eye. The optimized microemulsion possessed good stability, showed greater adherence to corneal surface and good permeation of gatifloxacin in the anterior chamber of the eye, resulting in a twofold increase in gatifloxacin concentration than the conventional dosage form. Hence, the optimized microemulsions showed increased intraocular penetration and enhance ocular bioavailability of gatifloxacin. PMID:24865289

  6. Utilization of Microemulsions from Rhinacanthus nasutus (L.) Kurz to Improve Carotenoid Bioavailability.

    PubMed

    Ho, Nai-Hsing; Inbaraj, Baskaran Stephen; Chen, Bing-Huei

    2016-01-01

    Carotenoids have been known to reduce the risk of several diseases including cancer and cardiovascular. However, carotenoids are unstable and susceptible to degradation. Rhinacanthus nasutus (L.) Kurz (R. nasutus), a Chinese medicinal herb rich in carotenoids, was reported to possess vital biological activities such as anti-cancer. This study intends to isolate carotenoids from R. nasutus by column chromatography, identify and quantify by HPLC-MS, and prepare carotenoid microemulsions for determination of absolute bioavailability in rats. Initially, carotenoid fraction was isolated using 250 mL ethyl acetate poured into an open-column packed with magnesium oxide-diatomaceous earth (1:3, w/w). Fourteen carotenoids including internal standard β-apo-8'-carotenal were resolved within 62 min by a YMC C30 column and gradient mobile phase of methanol-acetonitrile-water (82:14:4, v/v/v) and methylene chloride. Highly stable carotenoid microemulsions were prepared using a mixture of Capryol(TM)90, Transcutol®HP, Tween 80 and deionized water, with the mean particle being 10.4 nm for oral administration and 10.7 nm for intravenous injection. Pharmacokinetic study revealed that the absolute bioavailability of carotenoids in microemulsions and dispersion was 0.45% and 0.11%, respectively, while a much higher value of 6.25% and 1.57% were shown for lutein, demonstrating 4-fold enhancement in bioavailability upon incorporation of R. nasutus carotenoids into a microemulsion system. PMID:27150134

  7. IPM/DOSS/water microemulsions as reactors for silver sulfadiazine nanocrystal synthesis.

    PubMed

    Nesamony, Jerry; Kolling, William M

    2005-06-01

    The first goal of this work was the preparation of a water-in-oil microemulsion from components generally regarded as safe for use in humans. Stable formulations without need of a co-surfactant were prepared from isopropyl myristate (IPM), dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DOSS), and water. A ternary phase diagram was prepared for the IPM/DOSS/water system. The IPM/DOSS/water microemulsions were characterized by conductivity and dynamic laser light scattering (DLS). The results obtained from conductivity experiments indicate conductivity values of less than 1 muS/cm and were consistent with the formation of w/o microemulsions. The DLS results showed that the emulsified water droplets had an average diameter range of 9.2 to 19.7 nm, depending on composition. Modulation of the droplet size is possible by varying the water to DOSS molar ratio and DOSS to IPM ratio. The second goal of this work was the preparation of silver sulfadiazine (AgSD) nanoparticles. It was hypothesized that two separate microemulsions containing dispersed aqueous droplets of either sodium sulfadiazine or silver nitrate would react when mixed. The DLS results are consistent with the successful formation of submicron AgSD crystals. PMID:15858855

  8. Electron beam induced and microemulsion templated synthesis of CdSe quantum dots: tunable broadband emission and charge carrier recombination dynamics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guleria, Apurav; Singh, Ajay K.; Rath, Madhab C.; Adhikari, Soumyakanti

    2015-04-01

    CdSe quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized by a rapid and one step templated approach inside the water pool of AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate) based water-in-oil microemulsions (MEs) via electron beam (EB) irradiation technique with high dose rate, which favours high nucleation rate. The interplay of different experimental parameters such as precursor concentration, absorbed dose and {{W}0} values (aqueous phase to surfactant molar ratio) of MEs were found to have interesting consequences on the morphology, photoluminescence (PL), surface composition and carrier recombination dynamics of as-grown QDs. For instance, highly stable ultrasmall (∼1.7 nm) bluish-white light emitting QDs were obtained with quantum efficiency (η) of ∼9%. Furthermore, QDs were found to exhibit tunable broadband light emission extending from 450 to 750 nm (maximum FWHM ∼180 nm). This could be realized from the CIE (Commission Internationale d’Eclairage) chromaticity co-ordinates, which varied across the blue region to the orange region thereby, conferring their potential application in white light emitting diodes. Additionally, the average PL lifetime ≤ft( ≤ft< τ \\right> \\right) values could be varied from 18 ns to as high as 74 ns, which reflect the role of surface states in terms of their density and distribution. Another interesting revelation was the self-assembling of the initially formed QDs into nanorods with high aspect ratios ranging from 7 to 20, in correspondence with the {{W}0} values. Besides, the fundamental roles of the chemical nature of water pool and the interfacial fluidity of AOT MEs in influencing the photophysical properties of QDs were investigated by carrying out a similar study in CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide; cationic surfactant) based MEs. Surprisingly, very profound and contrasting results were observed wherein ≤ft< τ \\right> and η of the QDs in case of CTAB MEs were found to be at least three times lower as compared to

  9. Antifungal activity of topical microemulsion containing a thiophene derivative

    PubMed Central

    Guimarães, Geovani Pereira; de Freitas Araújo Reis, Mysrayn Yargo; da Silva, Dayanne Tomaz Casimiro; Junior, Francisco Jaime Bezerra Mendonça; Converti, Attílio; Pessoa, Adalberto; de Lima Damasceno, Bolívar Ponciano Goulart; da Silva, José Alexsandro

    2014-01-01

    Fungal infections have become a major problem of worldwide concern. Yeasts belonging to the Candida genus and the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans are responsible for different clinical manifestations, especially in immunocompromised patients. Antifungal therapies are currently based on a few chemotherapeutic agents that have problems related to effectiveness and resistance profiles. Microemulsions are isotropic, thermodynamically stable transparent systems of oil, water and surfactant that can improve the solubilization of lipophilic drugs. Taking into account the need for more effective and less toxic drugs along with the potential of thiophene derivatives as inhibitors of pathogenic fungi growth, this study aimed to evaluate the antifungal activity of a thiophene derivative (5CN05) embedded in a microemulsion (ME). The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was determined using the microdilution method using amphotericin B as a control. The formulations tested (ME- blank and ME-5CN05) showed physico-chemical properties that would allow their use by the topical route. 5CN05 as such exhibited moderate or weak antifungal activity against Candida species (MIC = 270–540 μg.mL−1) and good activity against C. neoformans (MIC = 17 μg.mL−1). Candida species were susceptible to ME-5CN05 (70–140 μg.mL−1), but C. neoformans was much more, presenting a MIC value of 2.2 μg.mL−1. The results of this work proved promising for the pharmaceutical industry, because they suggest an alternative therapy against C. neoformans. PMID:25242940

  10. Environmentally friendly ionic liquid-in-water microemulsions for extraction of hydrophilic and lipophilic components from Flos Chrysanthemi.

    PubMed

    Chen, Jue; Cao, Jun; Gao, Wen; Qi, Lian-Wen; Li, Ping

    2013-10-21

    Ionic liquids (ILs) have numerous chemical applications as environmentally green solvents that are extending into microemulsion applications. In this work, a novel benign IL-in-water microemulsion system modified by an IL surfactant has been proposed for simultaneous extraction of hydrophilic and lipophilic constituents from Flos Chrysanthemi (Chrysanthemum morifolium). Constituents were analyzed by rapid-resolution liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. A mixture-design approach was used to optimize the IL surfactant and the IL oil phase in the microemulsion system. Microemulsions consisting of 6.0% 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium hydrogen sulfate, 0.1% 1-vinyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate and 93.9% water offered the acceptable extract efficiency that are comparable to or even better than conventional volatile organic solvents. This assay was fully validated with respect to the linearity of response (r(2) > 0.999 over two orders of magnitude), precision (intra-RSD < 0.49 and inter-day RSD < 2.21), and accuracy (recoveries ranging from 93.73% to 101.84%). The proposed IL-in-water microemulsion method provided an environmentally friendly alternative for efficient extraction of compounds from Flos Chrysanthemi and could be extended to complex environmental and pharmaceutical samples. PMID:23928686

  11. Propylammonium nitrate as a solvent for amphiphile self-assembly into micelles, lyotropic liquid crystals, and microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Atkin, Rob; Bobillier, Sophie M C; Warr, Gregory G

    2010-01-28

    The phase behavior and self-assembled microstructures of a range of oligo(oxyethylene)-n-alkyl ether (C(i)E(j)) surfactants has been investigated in propylammonium nitrate (PAN), a room temperature ionic liquid. Micelles and single-phase microemulsions were all found to form at alkyl chain lengths from dodecyl to octadecyl, and lyotropic liquid crystals formed with hexadecyl chains or longer. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) shows that self-assembly occurs by solvophobic interactions driving the aggregation of the alkyl chains, but several results indicate that these are weaker in PAN than in water or ethylammonium nitrate, due chiefly to the hydrophobicity of PAN. Longer alkyl chains are needed for lyotropic liquid crystals to form, and higher surfactant concentrations are needed to form a single phase microemulsion. Conductivity shows these microemulsions to be weakly structured, and relatively insensitive to oil or surfactant molecular structure, unlike water-based systems. However, SANS contrast variation reveals a nanosegregation of oil from the alkyl tails of surfactants within the microemulsion, and may suggest a cosurfactant-like role for the propylammonium cation. Molecular areas within microemulsions and lamellar phases are larger than corresponding water- or ethylammonium nitrate-based systems due to the large molecular volume of the solvating PANs. PMID:20039680

  12. Cryogenic electron microscopy study of nanoemulsion formation from microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Lee, Han Seung; Morrison, Eric D; Frethem, Chris D; Zasadzinski, Joseph A; McCormick, Alon V

    2014-09-16

    We examine a process of preparing oil-in-water nanoemulsions by quenching (diluting and cooling) precursor microemulsions made with nonionic surfactants and a cosurfactant. The precursor microemulsion structure is varied by changing the concentration of the cosurfactant. Water-continuous microemulsions produce initial nanoemulsion structures that are small and simple, mostly unilamellar vesicles, but microemulsions that are not water-continuous produce initial nanoemulsion structures that are larger and multilamellar. Examination of these structures by cryo-electron microscopy supports the hypothesis that they are initially vesicular structures formed via lamellar intermediate structures, and that if the lamellar structures are too well ordered they fail to produce small simple structures. PMID:25141294

  13. A novel solubilization of phenanthrene using Winsor I microemulsion-based sodium castor oil sulfate.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Baowei; Zhu, Lizhong; Gao, Yanzheng

    2005-03-17

    Problems associated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) contaminated site in environmental media have received increasing attention. Ex situ soil washing is commonly used for treating contaminated soils by separating the most contaminated fraction of the soil for disposal. Surfactant-enhanced soil washing is being considered with increasing frequency to actually achieve soil-contaminant separation. In this research, a novel solubilization of phenanthrene and extraction of phenanthrene from spiked soil by sodium castor oil sulfate (SCOS) microemulsion was presented and compared with the conventional surfactants, Triton X-100 (TX100), Tween 80 (TW80), Brij35, sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). Unlike conventional surfactants, SCOS forms stable microemulsion in water and thus behaves much like a separate bulk phase in concentrating organic solutes. The extent of solubility enhancement is linearly proportional to the concentration of SCOS microemulsion, in contrast with the effect of a conventional surfactant in which a sharp inflection occurs in the vicinity of the measured critical micelle concentration. SCOS microemulsion exhibits the largest mass solubilization ratio among the selected surface active agents (SAAs) in both soil-free system and soil-water system. The partitioning coefficients of phenanthrene between the emulsified phase and the aqueous phase, Kem, is slightly larger than those between the micellar pseudo phase and the aqueous phase, Kmc. The extraction experiments demonstrate high and fast desorption of phenanthrene from spiked soil by SCOS microemulsion perhaps due to its high solubilization capacity compared with the conventional surfactant solutions. The results show that SCOS could be an attractive alternative to synthetic surfactants in ex situ washing for PAH-contaminated soils. PMID:15752867

  14. Preparation, characterization and relative bioavailability of oral elemene o/w microemulsion

    PubMed Central

    Zeng, Zhaowu; Zhou, Guanglin; Wang, Xiaoli; Huang, Eric Zhijian; Zhan, Xiaori; Liu, Jun; Wang, Shuling; Wang, Anming; Li, Haifeng; Pei, Xiaolin; Xie, Tian

    2010-01-01

    The objective was to develop an elemene oil/water (o/w) microemulsion and evaluate its characteristics and oral relative bioavailability in rats. Elemene was used as the oil phase and drug, polysorbate 80 as a surfactant along with ethanol, propylene glycol, and glycerol as the cosurfactants. The microemulsion was prepared by mixing method, or ultrasonication method in an ultrasonic bath. Its three-dimensional response surface diagram was drawn by Mathcad software. The microemulsion was characterized by visual observation, cross-polarized microscopy, size, zeta potential, acidity, viscosity, and surface tension measurement. The drug content and entrapment efficiency were determined by ultra fast liquid chromatography (UFLC) and liquid surface method. Blood was drawn from rats at different time points after oral administration of an elemene microemulsion or a commercial elemene emulsion for measurement of the drug in plasma by UFLC to establish the pharmacokinetic parameters and relative bioavailability. The elemene microemulsion as a clarified and isotropic system containing 1% elemene (w/v), 5% ethanol (v/v), 15% propylene glycol (v/v), 15% glycerol (v/v), and 5% polysorbate 80 (w/v), was characterized as (57.7 ± 2.8) nm in size, 0.485 ± 0.032 in polydispersity index, (3.2 ± 0.4) mv in zeta potential, (5.19 ± 0.08) in pH, 6 mpa·s in viscosity, (31.8 ± 0.3) mN·m−1 in surface tension, (8.273 ± 0.018) mg·mL−1 in content of β-elemene, and (99.81 ± 0.24)% in average entrapment efficiency. The area under the concentration-time curves from 0 h to 24 h (AUC0→24h) of the elemene microemulsion and commercial elemene emulsion were integrated to be 3.092 mg·h·L−1 and 1.896 mg·h·L−1 respectively, yielding a relative bioavailability of 163.1%. The present study demonstrates the elemene microemulsion as a new formulation with ease of preparation, high entrapment efficiency, excellent clarity, good stability, and improved bioavailability. PMID:20856831

  15. Effect of microemulsions on transdermal delivery of citalopram: optimization studies using mixture design and response surface methodology

    PubMed Central

    Huang, Chi-Te; Tsai, Ming-Jun; Lin, Yu-Hsuan; Fu, Yaw-Sya; Huang, Yaw-Bin; Tsai, Yi-Hung; Wu, Pao-Chu

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of microemulsions as a drug vehicle for transdermal delivery of citalopram. A computerized statistical technique of response surface methodology with mixture design was used to investigate and optimize the influence of the formulation compositions including a mixture of Brij 30/Brij 35 surfactants (at a ratio of 4:1, 20%–30%), isopropyl alcohol (20%–30%), and distilled water (40%–50%) on the properties of the drug-loaded microemulsions, including permeation rate (flux) and lag time. When microemulsions were used as a vehicle, the drug permeation rate increased significantly and the lag time shortened significantly when compared with the aqueous control of 40% isopropyl alcohol solution containing 3% citalopram, demonstrating that microemulsions are a promising vehicle for transdermal application. With regard to the pharmacokinetic parameters of citalopram, the flux required for the transdermal delivery system was about 1280 μg per hour. The microemulsions loaded with citalopram 3% and 10% showed respective flux rates of 179.6 μg/cm2 and 513.8 μg/cm2 per hour, indicating that the study formulation could provide effective therapeutic concentrations over a practical application area. The animal study showed that the optimized formulation (F15) containing 3% citalopram with an application area of 3.46 cm2 is able to reach a minimum effective therapeutic concentration with no erythematous reaction. PMID:23919086

  16. Microemulsion-enhanced electrochemiluminescence of luminol-H2O2 for sensitive flow injection analysis of antioxidant compounds.

    PubMed

    Xiuhua, Wei; Chao, Liu; Yifeng, Tu

    2012-05-30

    A microemulsion enhanced electrochemiluminescence (ECL) of luminol-H(2)O(2) was studied with the flow-injection (FI) technique. The results revealed that the microemulsion composed with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), n-butanol, n-heptane and water greatly enhanced the ECL especially in acidic medium. The ECL emission increased for 20 to 2 times in this microemulsion medium over the pH range of 5.0-8.0 compared to that in aqueous solution. The mechanism of enhancement of surfactant and microemulsion for luminol-H(2)O(2) ECL was discussed. It is mainly based on the electrostatic interaction between luminol anion and the head group of surfactant, which causes the adsorption and promotes the dissociation of luminol on the surfaces of the microemulsion droplets, favors the oxidation of luminol by the yielded reactive oxygen species (ROSs) during electrolysis. This research is very significant for ECL applications because of the extended practicable pH range which was suitable for environmental and biological systems. As an example, this FI-ECL technique can be applied for determination of oligo proanthocyanidin (OPC) because of its antioxidant property and to evaluate the total antioxidant activity of the grape skin using OPC as an index. PMID:22608450

  17. Water-dilutable microemulsions for transepithelial ocular delivery of riboflavin phosphate.

    PubMed

    Lidich, Nina; Wachtel, Ellen J; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2016-02-01

    Riboflavin phosphate (RFP) is an essential compound in the treatment of keratoconus - a degenerative, non-inflammatory disease of the cornea. Currently, the quantitative and efficient transport of riboflavin to the cornea is possible after mechanical removal of the epithelium. To avoid surgical intervention, it is therefore important to develop a method for quantitatively transporting riboflavin across the intact epithelium. In the present study, an RFP-loaded microemulsion was prepared, which could potentially function as an ocular drug delivery system crossing the eye epithelium. The specially designed water-dilutable microemulsion was based on a mixture of nonionic surfactants. Propylene glycol and glycerol acted as cosurfactant and cosolvent assisting in the solubilization of the RFP. The glycerol-rich water-free concentrate consisted of direct micelles for which glycerol served as the hydrophilic phase. In formulations with up to 40wt% water, the hydrophilic surfactant headgroups and glycerol strongly bind water molecules (DSC and SD-NMR). Above 60wt% water, globular, O/W nanodroplets, ∼14nm in diameter, are formed (SAXS, cryo-TEM, and SD-NMR). The structure of microemulsions loaded with 0.14-4.25wt% RFP (0.29-8.89mmol per 100g formulation) is not significantly influenced by the presence of the RFP. However, in the microemulsions containing 10-80wt% water, the mobility of RFP in the microemulsion is constrained by strong interactions with the surfactants and cosurfactant, and therefore free transport of the molecule can be achieved only upon higher (>80wt%) water dilutions. PMID:26614391

  18. Oil-in-water microemulsions based on cationic surfactants with a hydroxyalkyl fragment in the head group

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mirgorodskaya, Alla B.; Yackevich, Ekaterina I.; Zakharova, Lucia Ya.; Konovalov, Alexander I.

    2013-04-01

    The stable oil-in-water microemulsions with a high water content were formed on the basis of cationic surfactants, including those that contain a hydroxyalkyl fragment in the head group. These systems can bind the water- and oil-soluble reagents into a single aggregate formed by self-assembling components. The size, surface and electrokinetic potentials of aggregates in the surfactant/n-hexane/n-butanol/water microemulsions were determined. Besides, their catalytic effect on the cleavage of carboxylic acid esters was evaluated. The behavior of the system was shown to be determined not only by hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions but also by specific interactions, i.e., hydrogen bonds.

  19. Microemulsion formulation of clonixic acid: solubility enhancement and pain reduction.

    PubMed

    Lee, Jung-Mi; Park, Kyung-Mi; Lim, Soo-Jeong; Lee, Mi-Kyung; Kim, Chong-Kook

    2002-01-01

    Clonixic acid is currently marketed as a salt form because of its poor water-solubility. However, the commercial dosage form causes severe pain after intramuscular or intravenous injection. To improve the solubility of clonixic acid and to reduce pain on injection, clonixic acid was incorporated into oil-in-water microemulsions prepared from pre-microemulsion concentrate composed of varying ratios of oil and surfactant mixture. As an oil phase for drug incorporation, up to 14% castor oil could be included in the pre-microemulsion concentrate without a significant increase in droplet size. Both drug contents and droplet size increased as the weight ratio of Tween 20 to Tween 85 decreased. Taken together, when microemulsions were prepared from pre-microemulsion concentrate composed of 5:12:18 weight ratio of castor oil:Tween 20:Tween 85, clonixic acid could be incorporated at 3.2 mg mL(-1) in the microemulsion with a droplet size of less than 120 nm. The osmotic pressure of this microemulsion was remarkably lower than the commercial formulation, irrespective of the dilution ratios. The rat paw-lick test was used to compare pain responses among formulations. The microemulsion formulation significantly reduced the number of rats licking their paws as well as the total licking time, suggesting less pain induction by the microemulsion formulation. The pharmacokinetic parameters of clonixic acid after intravenous administration of the clonixic acid microemulsion to rats were not significantly different from those of the commercial formulation, lysine clonixinate. The present study suggests that microemulsion is an alternative formulation for clonixic acid with improved characteristics. PMID:11829128

  20. [An Improved DDV Method to Retrieve AOT for HJ CCD Image in Typical Mountainous Areas].

    PubMed

    Zhao, Zhi-qiang; Li, Ai-nong; Bian, Jin-hu; Huang, Cheng-quan

    2015-06-01

    Domestic HJ CCD imaging applications in environment and disaster monitoring and prediction has great potential. But, HJ CCD image lack of Mid-Nir band can not directly retrieve Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) by the traditional Dark Dense Vegetation (DDV) method, and the mountain AOT changes in space-time dramatically affected by the mountain environment, which reduces the accuracy of atmospheric correction. Based on wide distribution of mountainous dark dense forest, the red band histogram threshold method was introduced to identify the mountainous DDV pixels. Subsequently, the AOT of DDV pixels were retrieved by lookup table constructed by 6S radiative transfer model with assumption of constant ratio between surface reflectance in red and blue bands, and then were interpolated to whole image. MODIS aerosol product and the retrieved AOT by the proposed algorithm had very good consistency in spatial distribution, and HJ CCD image was more suitable for the remote sensing monitoring of aerosol in mountain areas, which had higher spatial resolution. Their fitting curve of scatterplot was y = 0.828 6x-0.01 and R2 was 0.984 3 respectively. Which indicate the improved DDV method can effectively retrieve AOT, and its precision can satisfy the atmospheric correction and terrain radiation correction for Hj CCD image in mountainous areas. The improvement of traditional DDV method can effectively solve the insufficient information problem of the HJ CCD image which have only visible light and near infrared band, when solving radiative transfer equation. Meanwhile, the improved method fully considered the influence of mountainous terrain environment. It lays a solid foundation for the HJ CCD image atmospheric correction in the mountainous areas, and offers the possibility for its automated processing. In addition, the red band histogram threshold method was better than NDVI method to identify mountain DDV pixels. And, the lookup table and ratio between surface reflectance

  1. a Novel Transition from Liquid Microemulsions to Organogels, and Applications of such Microstructured Media to Materials Synthesis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tata, Murthy Sathya

    In this dissertation, reversed micelles of the surfactant AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate) have been used for the synthesis of various materials. Peroxidase catalyzed polymerization of 4-hydroxythiophenol was conducted along the lines of poly(4-ethylphenol) synthesis. Polymerization in monophasic dioxane/water system without the surfactant seems to cause oxidation of the sulfhydryl groups producing an extensively crosslinked polymer. Polymerization in reversed micelles produces a soluble polymer that is mostly oxidatively coupled monomer units with minimal thiol oxidation. A role for the surfactant AOT is demonstrated in the formation of spherical poly(4-ethylphenol) particles when synthesized in AOT reversed micellar systems. Mature polymer can be refolded from solution with the aid of the surfactant and precipitated as spherical particles. The technique seems to be directly applicable to the synthesis of poly(4-ethylphenol): iron oxide nanocomposites. In nonpolar solvents, dry reversed micelles of AOT transform into a class of organogels upon the addition of suitable phenols. The gels are novel in that they form at very low concentrations of these low molecular weight solutes. Hydrogen-bonding interactions between phenols and the head group of AOT form the basis for such gels. The gel-liquid transition is sharply defined, and occurs over a very narrow temperature range when the gel is warmed or when trace amounts of moisture are absorbed. The underlying molecular architecture of these gels seems to contain strands of stacked and motionally restricted phenol molecules, with the surfactant adsorbed externally. These gels also admit doping with other species leading to the formation of mixed gels. NMR evidence indicates that some of these dopants stack into the gel matrix by "intercalation" into the motionally restricted region of the aromatic strand. Factors such as the molecular shape and proton donor strength (acidity) that determine whether or not a

  2. Coexistence, Interfacial Energy, and the Fate of Microemulsions of 2D Dipolar Bosons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Moroni, Saverio; Boninsegni, Massimo

    2014-12-01

    The superfluid-crystal quantum phase transition of a system of purely repulsive dipolar bosons in two dimensions is studied by quantum Monte Carlo simulations at zero temperature. We determine freezing and melting densities and estimate the energy per unit length of a macroscopic interface separating the two phases. The results rule out the microemulsion scenario for any physical realization of this system, given the exceedingly large predicted size of the bubbles.

  3. Properties of conducting films of electrophoretic concentrates of silver and gold nanoparticles in AOT surfactant

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bulavchenko, A. I.; Popovetskiy, P. S.; Maksimovskiy, E. A.

    2013-10-01

    Liquid concentrates of silver and gold nanoparticles with 1-2 M metal concentrations were isolated by electrophoresis in a capacitor-type cell from AOT reverse micellar solutions in n-decane. The electrophoretic concentrates and the starting micellar solutions were characterized by nonaqueous electrophoresis, transmission electron microscopy, photon correlation spectroscopy (dynamic light scattering), and spectrophotometry. The hydrodynamic diameter of silver and gold nanoparticles was 13.2 and 8.6 nm, respectively; the ζ-potential was 70 and 13 mV. The drying of the concentrates on glass and silicon substrates and subsequent treatment with a 30% solution of water in ethanol gave mirror conducting Ag, Au, Ag-Au, and Au/Ag films containing on the average 80% metal and 20 wt % AOT. The film structure, morphology, and composition were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersion analysis (EDX).

  4. Determining the hydrodynamic radii of AOT micelles with silver nanoparticles by means of photon correlation spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bulavchenko, A. I.; Popovetskiy, P. S.

    2012-06-01

    The possibility of determining the sizes of micelles of sodium di(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) with silver nanoparticles in decane against the background of a large excess of empty micelles by means of photon correlation spectroscopy with unimodal analysis of the autocorrelation function is demonstrated. Contributions from all components to the light scattering are estimated by measuring the static (Rayleigh) light scattering and allowing for partial absorption of the laser radiation by silver nanoparticles. Areas of the correct determination of the hydrodynamic radius of the micelles with nanoparticles are determined via unimodal analysis of the autocorrelation function in dependence on the nanoparticle size (10-2 nm) and silver concentration (1-30 mM) at a constant AOT concentration (0.25 mol/L) and aqueous pseudophase content (1 vol %).

  5. Study the effect of HLB of surfactant on particle size distribution of hematite nanoparticles prepared via the reverse microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Housaindokht, Mohammad Reza; Nakhaei Pour, Ali

    2012-05-01

    Hematite nanoparticles have been synthesized via reverse microemulsion route at room temperature. The microemulsion system, contained water, chloroform, 1-butanol, and surfactant, was combined with iron nitrate solution to result iron oxide nanoparticles precipitation. Three technical surfactants, with different structures and HLB (hydrophile-lipophile balance) values were employed and the effects of the HLB values on the hematite particle size were investigated. The prepared particles were evaluated by BET, XRD and TEM techniques. These results showed that the iron oxide particle size and particle size distribution increased with increasing surfactant HLB values.

  6. Preparation and characterization of β-elemene-loaded microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Hu, Chan-Juan; Zhao, Xiu-Li; Li, Ji-Zhong; Kang, Shuang-Ming; Yang, Chun-Rong; Jin, Yun-Huan; Liu, Dan; Chen, Da-Wei

    2011-07-01

    Intravenously injectable emulsion of β-elemene was studied in detail. Both blank and β-elemene-loaded microemulsions were prepared using a simple water titration method. The pseudoternary phase diagram was constructed for the optimization of microemulsion. The loading capacity test, dilutability test, and especially the influence of antioxidants were conducted for further optimization of β-elemene-loaded microemulsion. Transmission electron microscope showed intact and spherical microemulsion droplets. Conductivity and viscosity measurements were used to study the phase behaviors of β-elemene-loaded microemulsions, providing convincing explanation. In vitro release study showed that β-elemene was steadily released until 12 h, which most fitted the first order. PMID:21244276

  7. Preparation and optimization of voriconazole microemulsion for ocular delivery.

    PubMed

    Kumar, Rakesh; Sinha, V R

    2014-05-01

    Optimized microemulsions (o/w type) of voriconazole were formulated for efficient ocular delivery. Optimized batches were selected through construction of phase diagrams following stability studies. No significant physiochemical interactions were found between the drug and excipient (oil and surfactant/co-surfactant) as confirmed by H NMR and FTIR studies. Drug content was found between 53 and 72% depending on size and composition. Selected microemulsion batches exhibited shear thinning properties with acceptable viscosities. Globule size analyzed by zetasizer as well as TEM images of selected batches were found within the desired range (<200 nm). In vitro release studies of microemulsions exhibited sustained release property (>70% in 12h). Ex vivo permeation study also supported the enhanced drug flux through cornea from microemulsions. Based on size, surfactant/co-surfactant concentration, viscosity, drug content and release studies, the microemulsion batch ME-10 was selected for future in vivo studies. PMID:24632034

  8. Enhancement of transdermal delivery of ibuprofen using microemulsion vehicle

    PubMed Central

    Hu, Liandong; Hu, Qiaofeng; Yang, Jianxue

    2014-01-01

    Objective(s): The objective of this study was to find a stable microemulsion vehicle for transdermal delivery of ibuprofen to improve the skin permeability. Materials and Methods: Microemulsion was prepared using different sorts of oils, surfactants and co-surfactants. Pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were used to evaluate the microemulsion domain. The effects of oleic acid and surfactant mixture on skin permeation of ibuprofen were evaluated with excised skins. Results: The optimum formulation F3 consisting of 6% oleic acid, 30% Cremophor RH40/Transcutol P (2:1, w/w) and 59% water phase, showed a high permeation rate of 42.98 µg/cm2/hr. The mean droplet size of microemulsion was about 43 nm and no skin irritation signs were observed on the skin of rabbits. Conclusion: These results indicated that this novel microemulsion is a useful formulation for the transdermal delivery of ibuprofen. PMID:25729544

  9. Autoregressive spatially varying coefficients model for predicting daily PM2.5 using VIIRS satellite AOT

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schliep, E. M.; Gelfand, A. E.; Holland, D. M.

    2015-12-01

    There is considerable demand for accurate air quality information in human health analyses. The sparsity of ground monitoring stations across the United States motivates the need for advanced statistical models to predict air quality metrics, such as PM2.5, at unobserved sites. Remote sensing technologies have the potential to expand our knowledge of PM2.5 spatial patterns beyond what we can predict from current PM2.5 monitoring networks. Data from satellites have an additional advantage in not requiring extensive emission inventories necessary for most atmospheric models that have been used in earlier data fusion models for air pollution. Statistical models combining monitoring station data with satellite-obtained aerosol optical thickness (AOT), also referred to as aerosol optical depth (AOD), have been proposed in the literature with varying levels of success in predicting PM2.5. The benefit of using AOT is that satellites provide complete gridded spatial coverage. However, the challenges involved with using it in fusion models are (1) the correlation between the two data sources varies both in time and in space, (2) the data sources are temporally and spatially misaligned, and (3) there is extensive missingness in the monitoring data and also in the satellite data due to cloud cover. We propose a hierarchical autoregressive spatially varying coefficients model to jointly model the two data sources, which addresses the foregoing challenges. Additionally, we offer formal model comparison for competing models in terms of model fit and out of sample prediction of PM2.5. The models are applied to daily observations of PM2.5 and AOT in the summer months of 2013 across the conterminous United States. Most notably, during this time period, we find small in-sample improvement incorporating AOT into our autoregressive model but little out-of-sample predictive improvement.

  10. Relationship between Column AOT and Surface PM2.5 over the U.S.

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Chin, Mian

    2004-01-01

    The quantitative use of the satellite observations of aerosol for local air quality forecast/study will be explored by examining the relationship between the column Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) and the surface PM2.5 at different locations and seasons over the U.S. We use the global model GOCART, the MODIS satellite data, and the EPA surface measurements to demonstrate the feasibility of satellite data application for air quality study.

  11. Preparation and Anesthetic Properties of Propofol Microemulsions in Rat

    PubMed Central

    Morey, Timothy E.; Modell, Jerome H.; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Grand, Todd; Shah, Dinesh O.; Gravenstein, Nikolaus; McGorray, Susan P.; Dennis, Donn M.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction Propofol's lipophilicity has required dispersion in a soybean macroemulsion. We hypothesized that the anesthetic properties of propofol are preserved when reformulated as a transparent microemulsion rather than as a turbid macroemulsion and that the dose-response relationship can be selectively modified by altering the microemulsion's surfactant type and concentration. Methods Microemulsions of propofol were formulated using purified poloxamer 188 (3%, 5%, 7%), and sodium salt of fatty acids (C8, C10, C12) in saline and characterized using ternary/binary diagrams, particle sizing, and stability upon dilution. Rats received propofol (10 mg/kg/min) as either a microemulsion or conventional macroemulsion to determine these endpoints: induction (dose; stunned; loss of lash reflex, righting reflex, withdrawal to toe pinch) and recovery (recovery of lash, righting, withdrawal reflexes). After a 14 day recovery period, rats were crossed over into the opposite experimental limb. Results Forty-eight microemulsions (diameter: 11.9-47.7 nm) were formulated. Longer carbon chain length led to a marked increase in the volume of diluent necessary to break these microemulsions. All rats experienced anesthetic induction with successful recovery although significantly greater doses of propofol were required to induce anesthesia with microemulsions irrespective of surfactant concentration or type than with macroemulsions. The sodium salt of C10 fatty acid microemulsion required the greatest dose and longest time for anesthetic induction. Conclusion Propofol microemulsions cause induction in rat similar to that from macroemulsions. The surfactant concentration and type markedly affects the spontaneous destabilization and anesthetic properties of microemulsions, a phenomenon suggesting a mechanism whereby dose-response relationship can be selectively modified. PMID:16732089

  12. Choline acetate enhanced the catalytic performance of Candida rogusa lipase in AOT reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Xue, Luyan; Zhao, Yin; Yu, Lijie; Sun, Yanwen; Yan, Keqian; Li, Ying; Huang, Xirong; Qu, Yinbo

    2013-05-01

    Choline acetate is an ionic liquid composed of a kosmotropic anion and a chaotropic cation. According to Hofmeister series, a kosmotropic anion and/or a chaotropic cation could stabilize an enzyme, thereby facilitating the retention of the catalytic activity of the enzyme. In this work, we first report the influence of choline acetate on the activity and stability of lipase in AOT/water/isooctane reverse micelles. The indicator reaction is the lipase-catalyzed hydrolysis of 4-nitrophenyl butyrate. The results show that a low level of choline acetate does not affect the microstructure of the AOT reverse micelles, but the ionic liquid can improve the catalytic efficiency of lipase. Fluorescence spectra show that a high level of choline acetate has an impact on the conformation of lipase, so the activation is mainly due to the influence of choline acetate on the nucleophilicity of water. Infrared spectra demonstrate that choline acetate can form stronger hydrogen bonds with water surrounding lipase, and therefore enhance the nucleophilicity of the water, which makes it easier to attack the acyl enzyme intermediate, thereby increasing the activity of the lipase-catalyzed hydrolysis of the ester. A study on the stability of lipase in AOT reverse micelles indicates that the ionic liquid is able to maintain the activity of lipase to a certain extent. The effect of choline acetate is consistent with that predicted based on Hofmeister series. PMID:23352950

  13. Molecular dynamics simulations of cytochrome c unfolding in AOT reverse micelles: The first steps.

    PubMed

    Abel, S; Waks, M; Marchi, M

    2010-08-01

    This paper explores the reduced form of horse cytochrome c confined in reverse micelles (RM) of sodium bis-(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) in isooctane by molecular dynamics simulation. RMs of two sizes were constructed at a water content of W (o) = [ H₂O ]/[AOT] = 5.5 and 9.1. Our results show that the protein secondary structure and the heme conformation both depend on micellar hydration. At low hydration, the protein structure and the heme moiety remain stable, whereas at high water content the protein becomes unstable and starts to unfold. At W (o) = 9.1 , according to the X-ray structure, conformational changes are mainly localized on protein loops and around the heme moiety, where we observe a partial opening of the heme crevice. These findings suggest that within our time window (10ns), the structural changes observed at the heme level are the first steps of the protein denaturation process, previously described experimentally in micellar solutions. In addition, a specific binding of AOT molecules to a few lysine residues of the protein was found only in the small-sized RM. PMID:20803162

  14. Unusual ionic behavior in microemulsion-polymerized membranes

    SciTech Connect

    Ong, C.L.; Gan, L.M.; Ong, C.K.; Chan, H.S.O.; Xu, G.

    1999-09-09

    Ion-containing membranes have attracted much attention recently, because of their potential applications in sensors, batteries, and fuel cells. The polymer-based membranes can offer advantages of reduced thickness, weight, and higher ionic conductivity. In addition, the mechanical flexibility of the polymers enables solid-state cells to be designed with optimized electrode/electrolyte interface as they can be readily shaped into any desired configuration. Some unusual ionic conducting phenomena were observed from ion-containing microemulsion membranes. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it was found that under the same ionic concentration, large ions exhibit higher mobilities than smaller ones. They are possibly explained by the existence of hydration shells, which eventually made the lighter cations larger. This is further supported by the sharp conductivity drop when the system was cooled below the freezing point of water. In addition, conductivity drop at higher ionic concentration was also observed.

  15. Shear flow behavior of a dynamically symmetric polymeric bicontinuous microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhou, Ning

    2005-03-01

    Soft materials with complex internal structure often exhibit fascinating rheological behavior. For example, under flow the poly (ethylethylene) (PEE)/poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS)/PEE-PDMS polymeric bicontinuous microemulsion (BμE) showed shear-induced macrophase separation.^ 1 This was tentatively attributed to the extreme dynamical asymmetry of the two homopolymers, i.e., their viscosities differed by three orders of magnitude. To understand the role of the dynamic symmetry of a BμE when subjected to shear flow, we have developed a new ternary polymer blend system poly(butylene oxide) (PBO)/ poly(ethylenepropylene) (PEP)/PEP-PBO, which is dynamically almost symmetric. We will report on the shear flow behavior of this new BμE. Reference: [1] Krishnan et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2001, 87, 098301

  16. Interesterification activity of Rhizopus delemar lipase in phospholipid microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Komatsu, Takayoshi; Nagayama, Kazuhito; Imai, Masanao

    2004-11-15

    The interesterification of olive oil with palmitic acid catalyzed by Rhizopus delemar lipase was investigated in phospholipid microemulsion systems. Soybean lecithin was used as the amphiphilic component. The maximal reaction rate was obtained at a buffer pH of 5.5-6.0. The reaction rate was also dependent on the W(L) (= [H2O]/[lecithin]) value and attained a maximum at W(L)=5. The reaction rate reached a maximum at a palmitic acid concentration of 350 mM. The molar fraction of the interesterified product 1,3-dipalmitoyl-3-oleoyl glycerol (POP) in the olive oil was enhanced from 2.8 to 65.6 mol% after 24 h of the reaction. PMID:15542321

  17. Microemulsions in near-critical and supercritical CO sub 2

    SciTech Connect

    Hoefling, T.A.; Enick, R.M.; Beckman, E.J. )

    1991-09-19

    Previous work has shown that commercially available, alkyl-functionalized amphiphiles are generally ineffective in producing a Winsor II (water/oil) microemulsion in CO{sub 2}. Consequently, a number of model surfactants have been synthesized which appear to preferentially dissolve in the CO{sub 2}-rich phase of a CO{sub 2}/water mixture, allowing solubilization of the hydrophilic dye thymol blue. Model surfactant design was based on the premise that the hydrophobic tails of surfactant intended for use in CO{sub 2} should contain functional groups with low solubility parameters (silicones and fluoro ethers) and low polarizability parameters (fluorinated alkanes), or which act as Lewis bases (tertiary amines), given that CO{sub 2} would permit the use of such systems in selective extraction of polar compounds from aqueous solution, in emulsion polymerization schemes, or in the extraction of heavy metals from complex matrices.

  18. Synthesis and characterization ofpH-degradable nonionic surfactants and their applications in microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Iyer, Maithili Ananth

    2002-03-01

    The objective of this research is to synthesize pH-degradable surfactants and investigate their use in water-in-oil microemulsion based protein extraction. Water-in-oil microemulsions (w/o-ME's) are nanometer sized aqueous droplets dispersed in apolar solvents due to the action of surfactants. Microemulsion based protein extraction (MPE) is a quick, simple and selective method for the recovery of biornolecules. There are however four problems that limit MPE (using commercially available surfactants), namely, protein inactivation, slow or incomplete recovery of proteins, a limit to solubilization of the protein, and complete separation of the protein from the surfactant. There have been a number of approaches to solve these problems. However, this is the first approach to help resolve these issues using degradable surfactants. Degradable surfactants are capable of splitting into non-surface active species when subjected to certain conditions depending upon their structure. Using degradable surfactants would help resolve some of these problems. After completion of the extraction process, the surfactant can be subject to conditions so that it becomes 'surface-inactive' and this would help separation of the surfactant from the protein. In addition the use of nonionic surfactants also contributes positively since nonionic surfactants bind less strongly as compared to ionic surfactants. The surfactants synthesized during the course of this research comprised of polyethylene glycol (helps protein activity) as the hydrophile and a cyclic ketal as the hydrophobe. The cyclic ketal structure is susceptible to hydrolysis in the presence of mild acids. Three different surfactant systems were synthesized, with the same headgroup but different tail groups. All of them formed water-in-oil microemulsions in isooctane. The surfactants hydrolyzed (in pH 5 buffer) in an apparent zeroth order process. This is the only known research where an organic oil-soluble cleavable surfactant was

  19. In vitro suppression of oral squamous cell carcinoma growth by ultrasound-mediated delivery of curcumin microemulsions

    PubMed Central

    Lin, Hung-Yin; Thomas, James L; Chen, Huan-Wen; Shen, Chih-Min; Yang, Wen-Jen; Lee, Mei-Hwa

    2012-01-01

    There is increasing interest in using natural products as anticancer agents, as many have antioxidative properties that may help to prevent cellular damage that can lead to cancer. In addition, there is the expectation that many natural products will have low toxicity and few side effects. However, most anticancer and antioxidative agents are hydrophobic, reducing their bioavailability in vivo and making them problematic to deliver. Curcumin provides a good model system for study. In low doses it shows both anticancer and antioxidation effects, whereas in high doses and delivered locally it could be cytotoxic for cancer cells. In this paper, curcumin microemulsions were formed with food-grade chemicals, including soybean lecithin, soybean oil, and Tween 80, a Food and Drug Administration-approved surfactant. The optimized composition formed curcumin microemulsions with a mean size of 40–50 nm, carrying a concentration of curcumin as high as 15 μM. The stability of curcumin microemulsions refrigerated at 5°C over at least 968 days was assessed by size distribution and zeta potential. The effects of low-frequency ultrasound on two oral squamous cell carcinoma cell lines (OSCC-4 and OSCC-25), and the synergy between treatment with curcumin microemulsions and low-frequency sonic stimulation, were tested. Finally, microscopic imaging of the cells confirmed the toxic effects of the curcumin microemulsions, showing damaged and ruptured cells after treatment. Brief exposure to the curcumin-containing microemulsions did have cytotoxic effects, but the addition of ultrasound strongly enhanced those effects, especially on OSCC-25 cells. PMID:22393291

  20. Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy study: preparation of vesicular dispersions by quenching microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Lee, H S; Morrison, E D; Zhang, Q; McCormick, A V

    2016-09-01

    We previously showed that long-lived nanoemulsions, seeming initially vesicular, might be prepared simply by diluting and cooling (quenching) warm microemulsions with n-hexadecane with precooled water. In this paper, we confirm that these systems are vesicular dispersions when fresh, and they can be made with similar structures and compositional dependence using alkanes with chain lengths ranging from octane to hexadecane. The nanostructures of fresh nanoemulsions are imaged with cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). We confirm that water-continuous microemulsions give simple dispersions of vesicles (sometimes unilamellar), typically less than 100 nm in diameter; these systems can avoid separation for over 2 months. Selected samples were also prepared using halogenated alkanes to create additional contrast in the cryo-TEM, allowing us to confirm that the oil is located in the observed vesicular structures. PMID:26937849

  1. Coexistence, Interfacial Energy and the Fate of Microemulsions of 2D Dipolar Bosons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Boninsegni, Massimo

    The superfluid-crystal quantum phase transition of a system of purely repulsive dipolar bosons in two dimensions has been the subject of a lot of theoretical study, mainly because of some intriguing predictions by Spivak and Kivelson (2004) regarding an exotic, intermediate ''microemulsion'' that should appear at low temperature between the crystal and the superfluid. We investigated this scenario by means of Quantum Monte Carlo simulations at zero temperature, determined freezing and melting densities, and estimated the energy per unit length of a macroscopic interface separating the coexisting crystal and superfluid phases. The results rule out quantitatively the microemulsion scenario for any physical realization of this system, given the exceedingly large predicted size of the bubbles. Reference: S. Moroni and M. Boninsegni, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 240407 (2014)

  2. Dynamic properties of microemulsions in the single-phase channels.

    PubMed

    Wolf, Lukas; Hoffmann, Heinz; Richter, Walter; Teshigawara, Takashi; Okamoto, Tohru

    2011-09-29

    We have studied the dynamic and rheological properties in the single-phase channels of a microemulsion system with a mixed anionic/nonionic surfactant system and decane from the aqueous to the oil phase. One isotropic channel, called the "upper" channel, begins at the L(3) phase (sponge-like phase) of the binary surfactant mixture on the water side and passes with a shallow minimum for the surfactant composition to the oil side. The other "lower" single-phase channel begins at the micellar L(1) phase and ends in the middle of the phase diagram. Both isotropic channels are separated by a huge anisotropic single phase L(α) channel that reaches from the water side to 90% of oil in the solvent mixture. The structural relaxation time of the viscous fluids could be measured with electric birefringence (EB) measurements, where a signal is caused by the deformation of the internal nanostructure of the fluids by an electric field. For the L(3) phase, the EB signal can be fitted with a single time constant. With increasing oil in the upper channel, the main structural relaxation time passes over a maximum and correlates with the viscosity. Obviously, this time constant controls the viscosity of the fluid (η(o) = G'·τ). It is remarkable that the longest structural relaxation time increases three decades, and the viscosity increases two decades when 10% of oil is solubilized into the L(3) phase. Conductivity data imply that the fluid in the upper channel has a bicontinuous structure from the L(3) phase to the microemulsion with only 10% oil. In this oil range, the conductivity decreases three decades, and the electric birefringence signals are complicated because of a superposition of up to three processes. For higher oil ratios, the structure obviously changes to a HIPE (high internal phase emulsion) structure with water droplets in the oil matrix. PMID:21842905

  3. Effect of water content on partial ternary phase diagram water-in-diesel microemulsion fuel

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mukayat, Hastinatun; Badri, Khairiah Haji; Raman, Ismail Ab.; Ramli, Suria

    2014-09-01

    Introduction of water in the fuel gave a significant effect to the reduction of pollutant such as NOx emission. In this work, water/diesel microemulsion fuels were prepared using compositional method by mixing water and diesel in the presence of non-ionic surfactant and co-surfactant. The effects of water composition on the partial ternary phase diagram were studied at 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% (w/w). The physical stability of the microemulsion was investigated at 45°C over a period of one month. The optimum formulae obtained were diesel/T80/1-penthanol/water 60:20:15:5 wt% (System 1), 55:20:15:10 wt% (System 2), 50:20:15:15 wt% (System 3) and 45:20:15:20 wt% (System 4). Physicochemical characterizations of optimum formulae were studied. The results showed that water content has a significant effect to the formation of microemulsion, its stability, droplet size and viscosity.

  4. Microemulsion characterization by the use of a noninvasive backscatter fiber optic probe

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ansari, Rafat R.; Dhadwal, Harbans S.; Cheung, H. M.; Meyer, William V.

    1993-01-01

    This paper demonstrates the utility of a noninvasive backscatter fiber optic probe for dynamic light-scattering characterization of a microemulsion comprising sodium dodecyl sulfate/1-butanol/ brine/heptane. The fiber probe, comprising two optical fibers precisely positioned in a stainless steel body, is a miniaturized and efficient self-beating dynamic light-scattering system. Accuracy of particle size estimation is better than +/- 2 percent.

  5. Sulfur Nanoparticles Synthesis and Characterization from H2S Gas, Using Novel Biodegradable Iron Chelates in W/O Microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Deshpande, Aniruddha S.; Khomane, Ramdas B.; Vaidya, Bhalchandra K.; Joshi, Renuka M.; Harle, Arti S.; Kulkarni, Bhaskar D.

    2008-06-01

    Sulfur nanoparticles were synthesized from hazardous H2S gas using novel biodegradable iron chelates in w/o microemulsion system. Fe3+ malic acid chelate (0.05 M aqueous solution) was studied in w/o microemulsion containing cyclohexane, Triton X-100 and n-hexanol as oil phase, surfactant, co-surfactant, respectively, for catalytic oxidation of H2S gas at ambient conditions of temperature, pressure, and neutral pH. The structural features of sulfur nanoparticles have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), diffused reflectance infra-red Fourier transform technique, and BET surface area measurements. XRD analysis indicates the presence of α-sulfur. TEM analysis shows that the morphology of sulfur nanoparticles synthesized in w/o microemulsion system is nearly uniform in size (average particle size 10 nm) and narrow particle size distribution (in range of 5 15 nm) as compared to that in aqueous surfactant systems. The EDS analysis indicated high purity of sulfur (>99%). Moreover, sulfur nanoparticles synthesized in w/o microemulsion system exhibit higher antimicrobial activity (against bacteria, yeast, and fungi) than that of colloidal sulfur.

  6. Correlating microemulsion fuel composition, structure, and combustion properties

    SciTech Connect

    Griffith, W.L.; Compere, A.L.

    1989-01-01

    Microemulsion fuels provide a method for increasing the use of byproduct and biomass materials, including alcohols, in diesel fuels. The ability to replace 50% of diesel fuel with byproduct and biomass-derived materials microemulsion fuels could significantly decrease petroleum consumption. However, it is likely that the low particulate and NO{sub x} emissions characteristic of these fuels will drive the adoption of this technology. This report is concerned with the development of a series of short experiments to determine the fuel composition changes required to support development of microemulsion fuels which have combustion properties acceptable to the public and adequate to support widespread use in current diesel engines. The goal is delineation of microemulsion diesel fuel compositions which have acceptable compression ignition and emissions properties and which permit the replacement of one-third to one-half of current diesel fuel petroleum. A review of the literature on cetane enhancers for conventional and alternative diesel fuels was performed and a small number of enhancers likely to be effective with high-alcohol fuels selected. Based on linear regression analysis of emissions from a passenger diesel engine using alcohol and aqueous microemulsion fuels, correlation between microemulsion solution structure as determined by small-angle neutron scattering and actual NO{sub x} and particulate emissions was determined. The analysis indicates that solution structure and microemulsion composition play major roles in emissions modification. 223 refs., 5 figs., 9 tabs.

  7. A new organized media: glycerol:N,N-dimethylformamide mixtures/AOT/n-heptane reversed micelles. The effect of confinement on preferential solvation.

    PubMed

    Durantini, Andrés M; Falcone, R Dario; Silber, Juana J; Correa, N Mariano

    2011-05-19

    In this work we investigate the behavior of the glycerol (GY):N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) mixture in homogeneous and sodium 1,4-bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT)/n-heptane reversed micelles (RMs) media. To achieve this goal we have used the solvatochromic behavior of 1-methyl-8-oxyquinolinium betaine (QB) as an absorption probe, and dynamic light scattering (DLS). QB shows strong preferential solvation when it is dissolved in the GY:DMF mixture, and, as QB is a good hydrogen bond acceptor molecular probe, it is preferentially solvated by the GY-DMF hydrogen-bonded (H-bonded) species. On the other hand, when the GY:DMF mixture was investigated in AOT RMs, the results show that the mixture is encapsulated in the polar core of the AOT RMs. DLS confirms the formation of the GY:DMF/AOT/n-heptane RMs since an increase in the W(s)=([GY]+[DMF])/[AOT] values causes an increment in the RMs droplets sizes. The solvatochromic behavior of QB, which resides at the AOT RMs interface, shows that QB is mostly solvated by GY molecules, especially at low W(s) values. Thus, it seems that upon encapsulation inside the polar core of the AOT RMs, the GY-DMF interaction diminishes due to the strong AOT-GY interaction. (1)H NMR chemical shifts of GY and DMF measured in the different AOT RMs investigated shows that GY and DMF behave practically as noninteracting solvents inside the RMs. PMID:21517031

  8. Antifungal activity of topical microemulsion containing a thiophene derivative.

    PubMed

    Guimarães, Geovani Pereira; de Freitas Araújo Reis, Mysrayn Yargo; da Silva, Dayanne Tomaz Casimiro; Junior, Francisco Jaime Bezerra Mendonça; Converti, Attílio; Pessoa, Adalberto; de Lima Damasceno, Bolívar Ponciano Goulart; da Silva, José Alexsandro

    2014-01-01

    Fungal infections have become a major problem of worldwide concern. Yeasts belonging to the Candida genus and the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans are responsible for different clinical manifestations, especially in immunocompromised patients. Antifungal therapies are currently based on a few chemotherapeutic agents that have problems related to effectiveness and resistance profiles. Microemulsions are isotropic, thermodynamically stable transparent systems of oil, water and surfactant that can improve the solubilization of lipophilic drugs. Taking into account the need for more effective and less toxic drugs along with the potential of thiophene derivatives as inhibitors of pathogenic fungi growth, this study aimed to evaluate the antifungal activity of a thiophene derivative (5CN05) embedded in a microemulsion (ME). The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was determined using the microdilution method using amphotericin B as a control. The formulations tested (ME- blank and ME-5CN05) showed physico-chemical properties that would allow their use by the topical route. 5CN05 as such exhibited moderate or weak antifungal activity against Candida species (MIC = 270-540 μg . mL(-1)) and good activity against C. neoformans (MIC = 17 μg . mL(-1)). Candida species were susceptible to ME-5CN05 (70-140 μg . mL(-1)), but C. neoformans was much more, presenting a MIC value of 2.2 μg . mL(-1). The results of this work proved promising for the pharmaceutical industry, because they suggest an alternative therapy against C. neoformans. PMID:25242940

  9. Solubilization of tea seed oil in a food-grade water-dilutable microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Deng, Lingli; Que, Fei; Wei, Hewen; Xu, Guangwei; Dong, Xiaowei; Zhang, Hui

    2015-01-01

    Food-grade microemulsions containing oleic acid, ethanol, Tween 20, and water were formulated as a carrier system for tea seed oil (Camellia oleifera Abel.). The effect of ethanol on the phase behavior of the microemulsion system was clearly reflected in pseudo-ternary diagrams. The solubilization capacity and solubilization efficiency of tea seed oil dispersions were measured along the dilution line at a 70/30 surfactant/oil mass ratio with Tween 20 as the surfactant and oleic acid and ethanol (1:3, w/w) as the oil phase. The dispersed phase of the microemulsion (1.5% weight ratio of tea seed oil to the total amount of oil, surfactant, and tea seed oil) could be fully diluted with water without phase separation. Differential scanning calorimetry and viscosity measurements indicated that both the carrier and solubilized systems underwent a similar microstructure transition upon dilution. The dispersion phases gradually inverted from the water-in-oil phase (< 35% water) to the bicontinuous phase (40-45% water) and finally to the oil-in-water phase (> 45% water) along the dilution line. PMID:25996147

  10. Effect of Temperature on the Phase Behavior of Ionic-Nonionic Microemulsions

    PubMed

    Aramaki; Ozawa; Kunieda

    1997-12-01

    Microemulsions are formed over a wide range of temperatures in brine/sodium dodecyl sulfate/polyoxyethylene dodecyl ether (C12EO2 or C12EO3)/decane systems. In a dilute region, lamellar liquid crystal is present instead of bicontinuous microemulsion at the composition at which the HLB of the mixed surfactant is optimum in the given system. The monomeric solubilities of C12EO2 or C12EO3 in oil and the mixing fraction of C12EO2 or C12EO3 in the mixed surfactant layer were determined using the geometrical relation of three-phase tie triangle containing the liquid crystal phase in the composition tetrahedron and were compared at 35 and 60°C. The change in the HLB composition with temperature is well described by increasing the monomeric solubility and decreasing the mixing fraction of nonionic surfactant in the surfactant layer. As a result, temperature-insensitive microemulsions are formed in the SDS-C12EO3 system. Copyright 1997 Academic Press. Copyright 1997Academic Press PMID:9441651

  11. Solubilization of Tea Seed Oil in a Food-Grade Water-Dilutable Microemulsion

    PubMed Central

    Deng, Lingli; Que, Fei; Wei, Hewen; Xu, Guangwei; Dong, Xiaowei; Zhang, Hui

    2015-01-01

    Food-grade microemulsions containing oleic acid, ethanol, Tween 20, and water were formulated as a carrier system for tea seed oil (Camellia oleifera Abel.). The effect of ethanol on the phase behavior of the microemulsion system was clearly reflected in pseudo-ternary diagrams. The solubilization capacity and solubilization efficiency of tea seed oil dispersions were measured along the dilution line at a 70/30 surfactant/oil mass ratio with Tween 20 as the surfactant and oleic acid and ethanol (1:3, w/w) as the oil phase. The dispersed phase of the microemulsion (1.5% weight ratio of tea seed oil to the total amount of oil, surfactant, and tea seed oil) could be fully diluted with water without phase separation. Differential scanning calorimetry and viscosity measurements indicated that both the carrier and solubilized systems underwent a similar microstructure transition upon dilution. The dispersion phases gradually inverted from the water-in-oil phase (< 35% water) to the bicontinuous phase (40–45% water) and finally to the oil-in-water phase (> 45% water) along the dilution line. PMID:25996147

  12. Phase behavior and kinetics of phase separation of a nonionic microemulsion of C12E5/water/1-chlorotetradecane upon a temperature quench.

    PubMed

    Roshan Deen, G; Oliveira, Cristiano L P; Pedersen, Jan Skov

    2009-05-21

    The phase behavior and phase separation kinetics of a model ternary nonionic microemulsion system composed of pentaethylene glycol dodecyl ether (C12E5), water, and 1-chlorotetradecane were studied. With increasing temperature, the microemulsion exhibits the following rich phase behavior: oil-in-water phase (L1+O), droplet microemulsion phase (L1), lamellar liquid crystalline phase (Lproportional), and sponge-like (liquid) phase (L3). The microemulsion with a fixed surfactant-to-oil volume fraction ratio (Phis/Phio) of 0.81 and droplet volume fraction of 0.087 was perturbed from equilibrium by a temperature quench from the L1 region (24 degrees C) to an unstable region L1+O (13 degrees C), where the excess oil phase is in equilibrium with the microemulsion droplets. The process of phase separation in the unstable region was followed by time-resolved small-angle X-ray scattering (TR-SAXS) and time-resolved turbidity methods. Due to the large range of scattering vector (q=0.004-0.22 A(-1)) that is possible to access with the TR-SAXS method, the growth of the oil droplets and shrinking of the microemulsion droplets as a result of phase separation could be studied simultaneously. By using an advanced polydisperse ellipsoidal hard-sphere model, the experimental curves have been quantitatively analyzed. The microemulsion droplets were modeled as polydisperse core-shell ellipsoidal particles, using molecular constraints, and the oil droplets are modeled as polydisperse spheres. The radius of gyration (Rg) of the growing oil droplets, volume fraction of oil in the microemulsion droplets, and polydispersity were obtained from the fit parameters. The volume equivalent radius at the neutral plane between the surfactant head and tail of the microemulsion droplet decreased from 76 to 51 A, while the radius of oil drop increased to 217 A within the 160 min of the experiment. After about 48 min from the temperature quench, the system reaches a steady state and continues to

  13. Preparation and characterization of microemulsion formulations of nicotinic acid and its prodrugs for transdermal delivery.

    PubMed

    Tashtoush, Bassam M; Bennamani, Amina N; Al-Taani, Bashar M

    2013-01-01

    At pharmacological doses, nicotinic acid has a lipid-regulating effect and is in use clinically for that purpose. However, despite of all features, its utility is strongly limited by several disadvantages such as, extensive hepatic metabolism and flushing. Transdermal delivery of nicotinic acid may, therefore, be the solution to reducing side effects associated with oral administration, and to maintaining constant therapeutic blood levels for longer duration. The aim of this investigation was to develop a suitable formulation or select a suitable vehicle for the transdermal delivery of highly lipophilic prodrugs of nicotinic acid (dodecyl and myristyl nicotinate) designed to deliver nicotinic acid through skin without causing vasodilatation and flushing and optimizing its delivery to the blood stream. A microemulsion system and penetration enhancers have been attempted in this study. The microemulsion system was composed of isopropyl myristate (IPM), water and a 4:1 (w/w) mixture of Labrasol and Peceol where a pseudoternary phase diagram was constructed. Furthermore, the microemulsion formulations with different component ratios were characterized by determination of conductivity, pH, particle size, viscosity and refractive index. According to the particle size analysis, conductivity and viscosity measurements, the microemulsion formulations that formed were of oil-in-water type. The transdermal permeability of nicotinic acid and its prodrugs was evaluated in vitro using Franz diffusion cells fitted with mice skin and nicotinic acid concentration was analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography. A theoretical design of percutaneous penetration optimization in which prodrugs derivation and enhancer application are combined based on the skin diffusion model was experimentally verified. The selected formulations seemed promising for developing a transdermal drug delivery system of nicotinic acid from dodecyl nicotinate that would offer advantages like possible

  14. Optimization of process parameters for ruthenium nanoparticles synthesis by (w/o) reverse microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nandanwar, S. U.; Barad, J.; Nandwani, S.; Chakraborty, M.

    2015-03-01

    Taguchi OA factorial design method was used to identify the several factors that might affect the particle size of ruthenium nanoparticles prepared by the mixing of two reactive microemulsions. In the present work, the objective of evaluating the factors influencing the particle size had been improvised by studying two qualitative factors viz., effect of different reducing agents and effect of different co-surfactants. Using orthogonal experimental design and analysis technique, the system performance could be analyzed with more objective conclusion through only a small number of simulation experiments. Analysis of variance was carried out to identify the significant factors affecting the response and the best possible factor level combination was determined through. It was found that the formation of ruthenium nanoparticles, microemulsions were greatly influenced by the type of reducing agent used in the technique followed by water-to-surfactant molar ratio.

  15. Synthesis of NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles in normal microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Shan, Shu-Nan; Wang, Xiu-Ying; Jia, Neng-Qin

    2011-01-01

    An interface-controlled reaction in normal microemulsions (water/ethanol/sodium oleate/oleic acid/n-hexane) was designed to prepare NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles. The phase diagram of the system was first studied to obtain the appropriate oil-in-water microemulsions. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffractometer measurements revealed that the as-prepared nanoparticles were spherical, monodisperse with a uniform size of 20 nm, and of cubic phase with good crystallinity. Furthermore, these nanoparticles have good dispersibility in nonpolar organic solvents and exhibit visible upconversion luminescence of orange color under continuous excitation at 980 nm. Then, a thermal treatment for the products was found to enhance the luminescence intensity. In addition, because of its inherent merit in high yielding and being economical, this synthetic method could be utilized for preparation of the UCNPs on a large scale. PMID:21968102

  16. Synthesis of NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles in normal microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shan, Shu-Nan; Wang, Xiu-Ying; Jia, Neng-Qin

    2011-10-01

    An interface-controlled reaction in normal microemulsions (water/ethanol/sodium oleate/oleic acid/ n-hexane) was designed to prepare NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles. The phase diagram of the system was first studied to obtain the appropriate oil-in-water microemulsions. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffractometer measurements revealed that the as-prepared nanoparticles were spherical, monodisperse with a uniform size of 20 nm, and of cubic phase with good crystallinity. Furthermore, these nanoparticles have good dispersibility in nonpolar organic solvents and exhibit visible upconversion luminescence of orange color under continuous excitation at 980 nm. Then, a thermal treatment for the products was found to enhance the luminescence intensity. In addition, because of its inherent merit in high yielding and being economical, this synthetic method could be utilized for preparation of the UCNPs on a large scale.

  17. Slow relaxation mode in concentrated oil-in-water microemulsions consisting of repulsive droplets

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hattori, Y.; Ushiki, H.; Courbin, L.; Panizza, P.

    2007-02-01

    The present contribution reports on the observation of two diffusive relaxation modes in a concentrated microemulsion made of repulsive droplets. These two modes can be interpreted in the frame of Weissman’s and Pusey’s theoretical pioneering works. The fast mode is associated to the collective diffusion of droplets whereas the slow one corresponds to the relaxation of droplet concentration fluctuations associated with composition and/or size. We show that (i) repulsive interactions considerably slow down the latter and (ii) a generalized Stokes Einstein relationship between its coefficient of diffusion and the Newtonian viscosity of the solutions, similar to the Walden’s rule for electrolytes, holds for concentrated microemulsion systems made of repulsive droplets.

  18. Design, Development and Characterization of Topical Microemulsions of 5-Fluorouracil for the Treatment of Non Melanoma Skin Cancer and its Precursor Lesions.

    PubMed

    Kumar, Sudhir; Sinha, Vivek Ranjan

    2015-01-01

    Treatment of non melanoma skin cancer and its precancerous skin lesions is associated with severe topical and systemic toxicity. So, it has become necessary to develop an efficient novel delivery system with less side effects and better patient compliance. Topical w/o microemulsion of 5-FU were prepared using sorbitan monooleate (Span 80), sorbitan trioleate (Span 85), polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), isopropyl alcohol (IPA) with different oils such as oleic acid, triacetin and isopropyl myristate (IPM). Evaluation tests of microemulsions like determination of thermodynamic stability, droplet size, viscosity, pH, conductivity and ex vivo release studies were performed. Spherical shape and Droplet size of microemulsion, which was around 100nm, was supported by Transmission electron microscopy. The lesser flux across skin for all microemulsion batches and higher skin retention of 5-FU loaded in microemulsion in comparison to topical 5-FU marketed cream resulted in better control over the drug release. Skin irritation studies on rats were performed to evaluate chronic toxicity of optimized microemulsion formulation on skin for 21 days and were compared with control group. Formalin (0.8%) was taken as standard irritant. Rat skin was observed for erythema and edema and the formulation was found safe for chronic use (p˃0.01). Histopathology studies showed the epidermal and dermal layers to be normal, showing the 5-FU microemulsion formulation to be safe for topical use. Better control of the drug release through skin can curtail topical and systemic toxicity which is supported by the skin irritation and histopathology studies. PMID:26343142

  19. Polymer-microemulsion complexes for the enhanced recovery of oil

    SciTech Connect

    Canter, N.H.; Robbins, M.L.; Baker, E.G.

    1982-10-12

    A polymer-microemulsion complex useful for the enhanced recovery of crude oil is described. The polymer is polyethylene oxide or polyvinyl pyrrolidone and interacts with the surfactant of the microemulsion to form a physical association. The resulting complex is characterized by a complexation energy of at least 2 Kcal/mole. The polymer microemulsion complexes are stable at high salinity, reduce adsorption and retention by the formation, lower interfacial tension, achieve retentions as low as 0.1 mg surfactant/gm sand at high salinity and provide for early banking.

  20. Effect of microemulsions on cell viability of human dermal fibroblasts

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Juyi; Mironava, Tatsiana; Simon, Marcia; Rafailovich, Miriam; Garti, Nissim

    Microemulsions are optically clear, thermostable and isotropic mixture consisting of water, oil and surfactants. Their advantages of ease preparation, spontaneous formation, long-term stability and enhanced solubility of bioactive materials make them great potentials as vehicles in food and pharmaceutical applications. In this study, comparative in vitro cytotoxicity tests were performed to select a best formulation of microemulsion with the least toxicity for human dermal fibroblasts. Three different kinds of oils and six different kinds of surfactants were used to form microemulsions by different ratios. The effect of oil type and surfactant type as well as their proportions on cell proliferation and viability were tested.

  1. Polymer-microemulsion complexes for the enhanced recovery of oil

    SciTech Connect

    Baker, E.G.; Canter, N.H.; Robbins, M.L.

    1982-10-12

    A polymer-microemulsion complex useful for the enhanced recovery of crude oil is disclosed. The polymer is polyethylene oxide or polyvinyl pyrrolidone and interacts with the surfactant of the microemulsion to form a physical association. The resulting complex is characterized by a complexation energy of at least 2 kcal/mole. The polymer microemulsion complexes are stable at high salinity, reduce adsorption and retention by the formation, lower interfacial tension, achieve retentions as low as 0.1 mg surfactant/gm sand at high salinity and provide for early banking , as well as high recovery of oil.

  2. Microemulsion Formulation of Carbendazim and Its In Vitro Antifungal Activities Evaluation

    PubMed Central

    Leng, Pengfei; Zhang, Zhiming; Li, Qian; Zhao, Maojun; Pan, Guangtang

    2014-01-01

    The fungus Rhizoctonia solani Kuhn is a widespread and destructive plant pathogen with a very broad host range. Although various pathogens, including R. solani, have been traditionally controlled using chemical pesticides, their use faces drawbacks such as environmental pollution, development of pesticide resistance, and other negative effects. Carbendazim is a well-known antifungal agent capable of controlling a broad range of plant diseases, but its use is hampered by its poor aqueous solubility. In this study, we describe an environmentally friendly pharmaceutical microemulsion system using carbendazim as the active ingredient, chloroform and acetic acid as solvents, and the surfactants HSH and 0204 as emulsifiers. This system increased the solubility of carbendazim to 30 g/L. The optimal microemulsion formulation was determined based on a pseudo-ternary phase diagram; its physicochemical characteristics were also tested. The cloud point was greater than 90°C and it was resistant to freezing down to −18°C, both of which are improvements over the temperature range in which pure carbendazim can be used. This microemulsion meets the standard for pesticide microemulsions and demonstrated better activity against R. solani AG1-IA, relative to an aqueous solution of pure carbendazim (0.2 g/L). The mechanism of activity was reflected in the inhibition of against R. solani AG1-IA including mycelium growth, and sclerotia formation and germination were significantly better than that of 0.2 g/L carbendazim water solution according to the results of t-test done by SPSS 19. PMID:25310219

  3. Microemulsion formulation of Carbendazim and its in vitro antifungal activities evaluation.

    PubMed

    Leng, Pengfei; Zhang, Zhiming; Li, Qian; Zhao, Maojun; Pan, Guangtang

    2014-01-01

    The fungus Rhizoctonia solani Kuhn is a widespread and destructive plant pathogen with a very broad host range. Although various pathogens, including R. solani, have been traditionally controlled using chemical pesticides, their use faces drawbacks such as environmental pollution, development of pesticide resistance, and other negative effects. Carbendazim is a well-known antifungal agent capable of controlling a broad range of plant diseases, but its use is hampered by its poor aqueous solubility. In this study, we describe an environmentally friendly pharmaceutical microemulsion system using carbendazim as the active ingredient, chloroform and acetic acid as solvents, and the surfactants HSH and 0204 as emulsifiers. This system increased the solubility of carbendazim to 30 g/L. The optimal microemulsion formulation was determined based on a pseudo-ternary phase diagram; its physicochemical characteristics were also tested. The cloud point was greater than 90°C and it was resistant to freezing down to -18°C, both of which are improvements over the temperature range in which pure carbendazim can be used. This microemulsion meets the standard for pesticide microemulsions and demonstrated better activity against R. solani AG1-IA, relative to an aqueous solution of pure carbendazim (0.2 g/L). The mechanism of activity was reflected in the inhibition of against R. solani AG1-IA including mycelium growth, and sclerotia formation and germination were significantly better than that of 0.2 g/L carbendazim water solution according to the results of t-test done by SPSS 19. PMID:25310219

  4. A SANS study of the interfacial curvatures and the phase behavior in bicontinuous microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Choi, Sung-Min

    A microemulsion is a three-component system in which oil and water are solubilized via an interfacial surfactant monolayer. Depending on the composition and various external conditions, it exhibits a wide variety of phases with corresponding mesoscopic scale interfacial structures. For scientific as well as industrial purposes, knowledge of the relation between the interfacial structure and the phase behavior is crucial but its quantitative measure is lacking. To identify the relation in a quantitative way, the natural parameters to be measured are the interfacial curvatures: Gaussian, mean, and square mean curvatures. A new small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data analysis method to extract the interfacial curvatures was developed and applied to various microemulsions. The method involves the use of a clipped random wave model with an inverse 8th order polynomial spectral function. The spectral density function contains three basic length scales: the inter- domain distance, the coherence length, and the surface roughness parameter. These three length scales are essential to describe mesoscopic scale interfaces. A series of SANS experiments were performed at various phase points of isometric and non-isometric microemulsions. Using the developed model, the three interfacial curvatures at each phase point were determined for the first time in a practical way. In isometric bicontinuous microemulsions, the Gaussian curvature is negative and has a parabolic dependence on the surfactant volume fraction. In non-isometric systems, based on the measured interfacial curvatures, a characteristic structural transformation was identified. As the water and oil volume ratio moves away from unity, the bicontinuous structure transforms to a spherical structure through an intermediate cylindrical structure. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14- 0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617-253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.)

  5. Use of microemulsions as vehicles for nucleophilic reagents in cosmetic formulations.

    PubMed

    Parra, J L; García Domínguez, J J; Comelles, F; Sänchez, J; Solans, C; Pelejero, C; Balaguer, F

    1985-06-01

    Synopsis The modifications of chemical reactivity induced in the human hair during its treatment with oxidative (H(2)O(2)) or reductive (HSO(3)Na) agents via a micellar or a microemulsion system have been investigated. For this purpose, phase diagrams of micellar solutions and microcmulsions with H(2)O(2) or NaSO(3)H have been made in order to find out the corresponding areas of solubility. The properties of conductivity, surface tension and light scattering of various monophasic compositions as a function of their water content, have been studied. As a result of the chemical reactivity data of human hair obtained through the reaction of H(2)O(2) or HSO(3)Na via a micellar or a microemulsion system, it appears reasonable to predict a more effective reaction of such agents with cystine residues existing in keratinic substrates, particularly when they are applied via a microemulsion. The decrease of the water content of the compositions considered, increases chemical reactivity of the keratinic proteins favouring the formation of cysteine and of cysteic acid in the reductive or oxidative treatments respectively. PMID:19460020

  6. Effect of salt on the structure of middle phase microemulsions using the spin-label technique

    SciTech Connect

    Ramachandran, C.; Vijayan, S.; Shah, D.O.

    1980-06-12

    The middle phases obtained by varying the sodium chloride concentration in surfactant formulations containing 5:3 (wt/wt) TRS 10-410 (a petroleum sulfonate)-isobutyl alcohol and equal volumes of aqueous and oil phases were studied by using spin-labeling techniques. Two different spin-labels, one partially water soluble (5-doxylstearic acid label) and the other water insoluble (3-doxylcholestane label), were used. Extensive measurements of electrical conductivity and phase volumes of the middle phases were also carried out. These physical property results corroborated the spin-label studies in that below 2.0 wt % NaCl the middle phase was essentially a microemulsion of the water external type. Beyond 2.3% NaCl the appearance of a signal component typical of a free label (ketostearic acid) in an oil environment and changes in correlation time characteristics (cholestane label) coupled with physical property data underlined a qualitative change in the microemulsion system. It is believed that these changes are consistent with a transition from a water-external type to an oil-external type microemulsion system. This transition is estimated to be around 2 to 2.3% NaCl. The results are further substantiated by ascorbic acid reduction rate studies. Possible mechanisms of this transition are discussed.

  7. An amine-oxide surfactant-based microemulsion for the cleaning of works of art.

    PubMed

    Baglioni, Michele; Jàidar Benavides, Yareli; Berti, Debora; Giorgi, Rodorico; Keiderling, Uwe; Baglioni, Piero

    2015-02-15

    Surfactant-based aqueous fluids, such as micellar solutions and microemulsions, are effective, safe and selective media for cleaning operations in conservation of cultural heritage. The search for better-performing systems and eco-friendly cleaning systems is currently a major goal in conservation science. We report here on a ternary o/w microemulsion, composed of diethyl carbonate (DC) as the oil phase and N,N-Dimethyldodecan-1-amine oxide (DDAO) as the surfactant. DDAO is a well known and widely used detergent and solubilizing agent, selected here for its degradability and eco-compatibility. Due to its nonionic/cationic nature, it can be used also when nonionic-based formulations become ineffective because of clouding and phase separation. Moreover, DDAO is insensitive to the presence of divalent metal ions, usually abundant in wall paintings substrates. Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) provided detailed information about the nanostructure of the surfactant aggregates. Finally, the cleaning effectiveness of the nanofluid was assessed both on fresco mock-ups and on real wall paintings conserved in the archeological site of Tulum, Mexico. Here, conservators successfully used the microemulsion to remove naturally aged films of complex polymer mixtures from the works of art surface. PMID:25460707

  8. The hydrophobicity of silicone-based oils and surfactants and their use in reactive microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Castellino, Victor; Cheng, Yu-Ling; Acosta, Edgar

    2011-01-01

    In this work, for the first time, the Hydrophilic-Lipophilic Difference (HLD) framework for microemulsion formulation has been applied to silicone oils and silicone alkyl polyether surfactants. Based on the HLD equations and recently introduced mixing rules, we have quantified the hydrophobicity of the oils according to the equivalent alkane carbon number (EACN). We have found that, in a reference system containing sodium dihexyl sulfosuccinate (SDHS) as the surfactant, 0.65 centistoke (cSt) and 3.0 cSt silicone oils behave like n-dodecane and n-pentadecane, respectively. Silicone alkyl polyether surfactants were found to have characteristic curvatures ranging 3.4-18.9, exceeding that of most non-ionic surfactants. The introduction of methacrylic acid (MAA) and hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) to the aqueous phase caused a significant negative shift in HLD, indicative of an aqueous phase that is less hydrophilic than pure water. The more hydrophobic surfactants (largest positive curvatures) were used in order to compensate for this effect. These findings have led to the formulation of bicontinuous microemulsions (μEs) containing silicone oil, silicone alkyl polyether and reactive monomers in aqueous solution. Ternary phase diagrams of these systems revealed the potential for silicone-containing polymer composites with bicontinuous morphologies. These findings have also helped to explain the phase behavior of formulations previously reported in literature, and could help in providing a systematic, consistent approach to future silicone oil based microemulsion formulation. PMID:20926096

  9. Synthesis of metal colloids in inverse microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Barnickel, P.; Wokaun, A.

    Colloidal silver and gold particles have been prepared by reduction of aqueous metal salt solutions in inverse microemulsions. The sols are characterized by absorption spectroscopy and electron microscopy. Ultrasound treatment during reduction results in a narrower size distribution of the colloidal particles, as evidenced by a narrower absorption band. Photochemical silver and gold sol formation, without the addition of a reducing agent, has been observed for inverse microemulsions of metal salt solutions in a medium consisting of dodecyl-heptaethyleneglycol-ether and hexane. The particle sizes determined from electron microscopy have been used as input parameters for the simulation of absorption spectra, based on the electromagnetic theory of localized surface plasmon excitation. For the gold sols a quantitative agreement between experimental and simulated spectra is obtained. With the silver colloids, the observed red-shift of the absorption maximum points to the presence of an ionic layer on the surface of the particles. When this layer is included in the theoretical model, good agreement with the experiment is achieved.

  10. Rheology of a Polymeric Bicontinuous Microemulsion

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Krishnan, Kasiraman; Lodge, Timothy P.; Bates, Frank S.; Burghardt, Wesley R.

    2002-03-01

    We have investigated the rheological properties of a model polymeric bicontinuous microemulsion. The microemulsion consists of a ternary blend of poly(ethyl ethylene) (PEE), poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) and the diblock copolymer PEE-PDMS. Steady shear measurements reveal four regimes as a function of shear rate. Newtonian behavior is observed at low shear rates (regime I), whereas shear thinning occurs in regime II. The striking feature is a stress plateau in regime III, independent of shear rate; the stress increases with shear rate again in regime IV. The morphologies in different regimes were characterized by neutron scattering, x-ray scattering, light scattering and microscopy, and these provide evidence for the occurrence of flow-induced phase separation. Transient rheological measurements reveal a behavior similar to worm-like micelles. Transient measurements for step changes in shear rate between different regimes confirm the proposed morphologies. Equilibrium rheological measurements show similarities with diblock copolymer lamellar phases just above the order-disorder transition.

  11. A synthesis of AOT40-based response functions and critical levels of ozone for agricultural and horticultural crops

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mills, G.; Buse, A.; Gimeno, B.; Bermejo, V.; Holland, M.; Emberson, L.; Pleijel, H.

    Crop-response data from over 700 published papers and conference proceedings have been analysed with the aim of establishing ozone dose-response functions for a wide range of European agricultural and horticultural crops. Data that met rigorous selection criteria (e.g. field-based, ozone concentrations within European range, full season exposure period) were used to derive AOT40-yield response functions for 19 crops by first converting the published ozone concentration data into AOT40 (AOT40 is the hourly mean ozone concentration accumulated over a threshold ozone concentration of 40 ppb during daylight hours, units ppm h). For any individual crop, there were no significant differences in the linear response functions derived for experiments conducted in the USA or Europe, or for individual cultivars. Three statistically independent groups were identified: ozone sensitive crops (wheat, water melon, pulses, cotton, turnip, tomato, onion, soybean and lettuce); moderately sensitive crops (sugar beet, potato, oilseed rape, tobacco, rice, maize, grape and broccoli) and ozone resistant (barley and fruit represented by plum and strawberry). Critical levels of a 3 month AOT40 of 3 ppm h and a 3.5 month AOT40 of 6 ppm h were derived from the functions for wheat and tomato, respectively.

  12. Core-shell nano-architectures: the incorporation mechanism of hydrophobic nanoparticles into the aqueous core of a microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Scorciapino, Mariano A; Sanna, Roberta; Ardu, Andrea; Orrù, Federica; Casu, Mariano; Musinu, Anna; Cannas, Carla

    2013-10-01

    This work presents an in-depth investigation of the molecular interactions in the incorporation mechanism of colloidal hydrophobic-capped nanoparticles into the hydrophilic core of reverse microemulsions. (1)H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) was employed to obtain molecular level details of the interaction between the nanoparticles capping amphiphiles and the microemulsion surfactants. The model system of choice involved oleic acid (OAC) and oleylamine (OAM) as capping molecules, while igepal-CO520 was the surfactant. The former were studied both in their "free" state and "ligated" one, i.e., bound to nanoparticles. The latter was investigated either in cyclohexane (micellar solution) or in water/cyclohexane microemulsions. The approach was extremely useful to gain a deeper understanding of the equilibria involved in this complex system (oleic acid capped-Bi2S3 in igepal/water/cyclohexane microemulsions). In difference to previously proposed mechanisms, the experimental data showed that the high affinity of the capping ligands for the reverse micelle interior was the drivingforce for the incorporation of the nanoparticles. A simple ligand-exchange mechanism could be ruled out. The collected information about the nanoparticle incorporation mechanism is extremely useful to develop new synthetic routes with an improved/tuned coating efficiency, in order to tailor the core-shell structure preparation. PMID:23910706

  13. Comparative percutaneous permeation study using caffeine-loaded microemulsion showing low reliability of the frozen/thawed skin models.

    PubMed

    Sintov, Amnon C; Greenberg, Igor

    2014-08-25

    The aim of this study was to explore the transdermal delivery potential of a new caffeine-containing microemulsion system. The skin permeability of caffeine (CAF) was measured in vitro using skin excised from three different animal species: rat, rabbit and pig. As shown, microemulsion containing 20% aqueous phase enhanced CAF permeation across fresh rat skin by one order of magnitude (Papp=8.2×10(-3) vs. 0.86×10(-3) cm/h; enhancement ratio=9.6). The permeability coefficient value, the cumulative permeation amount, and the percent of dose permeated after 24 h, decreased with the increase of water content from 60% to 80% in microemulsions due to the apparent increase in the droplet size. Importantly, differences were noted between caffeine transport rates across fresh and frozen/thawed pig skin whereas microemulsions delivered caffeine at similar rates across rat and rabbit skin, either fresh or frozen/thawed. It has been shown that the permeability of caffeine through frozen/thawed pig skin was abnormally high and was independent of its vehicle properties, i.e., its hydrophilic or lipophilic nature. It has been hypothesized that the reason for this abnormality is that porcine stratum corneum has a higher ceramide-to-cholesterol ratio compared to rat and rabbit skin. This unusual phenomenon observed in a non-freshly used porcine skin places a question mark on its suitability to in vitro evaluation of transdermal drug delivery systems. PMID:24866271

  14. Preparation, characterization, and stability studies of piroxicam-loaded microemulsions in topical formulations.

    PubMed

    Abd-Allah, F I; Dawaba, H M; Ahmed, A Ms

    2010-08-01

    The main purpose of this work was to determine the in vitro release of piroxicam in microemulsion formulations from different pharmaceutical topical preparations including different gel bases, such as, methyl cellulose (MC), carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC), hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC), Carbopol 934, Carbopol 940, and Pluronic F-127 bases. The effect of the employed gel bases on the in vitro release profiles of piroxicam was examined to choose the base which gave the highest in vitro release. The kinetic treatments and parameters derived from in vitro release of piroxicam formulations were calculated according to different kinetic orders or systems. These gel formulations were selected for rheological and stability studies. Stability studies were conducted to investigate the change in drug content, viscosity, and pH of the semisolid formulations. The results showed that, the incorporation of piroxicam in microemulsion formulas could lead to enhancement of piroxicam release profiles by allowing constant and regular in vitro release. Three percent MC gel base showed the highest release of piroxicam-microemulsion after 180 min (97.70%) followed by 3% HPMC (94.0%) when compared to bases containing piroxicam alone. All the medicated gel bases containing piroxicam exhibit pseudoplastic flow with thixotropic behavior. The degradation of piroxicam from its topical formulations was found to be a zero-order reaction based on the mean value of correlation coefficients. All formulations were quite stable. The shelf life of the gel containing HPMC base was about 2.85 years. Considering the in vitro release, rheological properties and shelf life, HPMC gel base containing 0.5% piroxicam in a microemulsion formula was the best among the studied formulations. PMID:22491209

  15. Utilization of Microemulsions from Rhinacanthus nasutus (L.) Kurz to Improve Carotenoid Bioavailability

    PubMed Central

    Ho, Nai-Hsing; Inbaraj, Baskaran Stephen; Chen, Bing-Huei

    2016-01-01

    Carotenoids have been known to reduce the risk of several diseases including cancer and cardiovascular. However, carotenoids are unstable and susceptible to degradation. Rhinacanthus nasutus (L.) Kurz (R. nasutus), a Chinese medicinal herb rich in carotenoids, was reported to possess vital biological activities such as anti-cancer. This study intends to isolate carotenoids from R. nasutus by column chromatography, identify and quantify by HPLC-MS, and prepare carotenoid microemulsions for determination of absolute bioavailability in rats. Initially, carotenoid fraction was isolated using 250 mL ethyl acetate poured into an open-column packed with magnesium oxide-diatomaceous earth (1:3, w/w). Fourteen carotenoids including internal standard β-apo-8′-carotenal were resolved within 62 min by a YMC C30 column and gradient mobile phase of methanol-acetonitrile-water (82:14:4, v/v/v) and methylene chloride. Highly stable carotenoid microemulsions were prepared using a mixture of CapryolTM90, Transcutol®HP, Tween 80 and deionized water, with the mean particle being 10.4 nm for oral administration and 10.7 nm for intravenous injection. Pharmacokinetic study revealed that the absolute bioavailability of carotenoids in microemulsions and dispersion was 0.45% and 0.11%, respectively, while a much higher value of 6.25% and 1.57% were shown for lutein, demonstrating 4-fold enhancement in bioavailability upon incorporation of R. nasutus carotenoids into a microemulsion system. PMID:27150134

  16. Crystallization of confined water pools with radii greater than 1 nm in AOT reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Suzuki, Akira; Yui, Hiroharu

    2014-07-01

    Freezing of water pools inside aerosol sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles has been investigated. Previous freezing experiments suffer from collision and fusion of AOT micelles and resultant loss of water from the water pool by shedding out during the cooling process. These phenomena have restricted the formation of ice to only when the radius of the water pool (Rw) is below 1 nm, and only amorphous ice has been observed. To overcome the size limitation, a combination of rapid cooling and a custom-made cell allowing thin sample loading is applied for instantaneous and homogeneous freezing. The freezing process is monitored with attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR) measurements. A cooling rate of ca. -100 K/min and a sample thickness of ca. 50 μm overcomes the limitations mentioned above and allows the crystallization of water pools with larger radii (Rw > 1 nm). The corresponding ATR-IR spectra of the frozen water pools with Rw < 2.0 nm show similar features to the spectrum of metastable cubic ice (Ic). Further increase of the radius of the water pool (Rw > 2.0 nm), unfortunately, drastically decreased the integrated area of the ν(OH) band observed just after freezing, indicating the breakup of the micellar structure and shedding out of the water pool. In addition, it was revealed that Ic ice can also be formed in flexible organic self-assembled AOT reverse micelles for at least Rw ≤ ca. 2 nm, as well as in inorganic and solid materials with a pore radius of ca. 2 nm. The dependence of the phase transition temperature on the curvature of the reverse micelles is discussed from the viewpoint of the Gibbs-Thomson effect. PMID:24885023

  17. Synthesizing and dispersing silver nanoparticles in a water-in-supercritical carbon dioxide microemulsion

    SciTech Connect

    Ji, M.; Chen, X.; Wai, C.M.; Fulton, J.L.

    1999-03-24

    Reverse micelles and microemulsions formed in liquid and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) allow highly polar or polarizable compounds to be dispersed in this nonpolar fluid. However, since the polarizability per unit volume of dense CO{sub 2} is quite low, it is difficult to overcome the strong van der Waals attractive interactions between particles in order to stably suspend macromolecular species. Conventional surfactants by themselves do not form reverse micelles or microemulsions in CO{sub 2} because the van der Waals interdroplet attractions are too high. The use of surfactants or cosurfactants with fluorinated tails provides a layer of a weakly attractive compound covering the highly attractive droplet cores, thus preventing their short-range interactions that would destabilize the system. Using this strategy, the authors describe a method to synthesize and stabilize metallic silver nanoparticles having diameters from 5 to 15 nm in supercritical CO{sub 2} using an optically transparent, water-in-CO{sub 2} microemulsion.

  18. Dielectric analysis of micelles and microemulsions formed in a hydrophilic ionic liquid. I. Interaction and percolation.

    PubMed

    Lian, Yiwei; Zhao, Kongshuang

    2011-10-01

    Dielectric measurements were carried out on binary mixtures of Triton X-100 (TX-100, a nonionic surfactant with a polyoxyethylene chain) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF(4)], a hydrophilic ionic liquid), and [bmim][BF(4)]/TX-100/cyclohexane microemulsions in a wide frequency range to study the molecular interaction and percolation in these systems. Striking dielectric relaxations were observed, and the dc conductivity data were obtained from the measured total dielectric loss spectra. The interaction between TX-100 and [bmim][BF(4)] is estimated by analyzing the dc conductivity of TX-100/[bmim][BF(4)] solutions in light of the Bruggeman's effective medium approximation, which indicates that spherical micelles are formed when the TX-100 volume fraction is below 48% and the number of cations associated with every TX-100 molecule is eight. For IL-oil microemulsions, both the dependence of dc conductivity and the permittivity (for fixed frequency) on cyclohexane concentration were used to identify the oil-in-IL, bicontinuous, and IL-in-oil microregions. Both the conduction and dielectric relaxation behavior suggest that a static percolation occurs in this hydrophilic IL microemulsion. PMID:21859133

  19. Biocompatible lecithin-based microemulsions with rhamnolipid and sophorolipid biosurfactants: formulation and potential applications.

    PubMed

    Nguyen, Thu T L; Edelen, Ashley; Neighbors, Bridgett; Sabatini, David A

    2010-08-15

    The objectives of this research are first to evaluate the hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity of sophorolipid biosurfactants relative to conventional synthetic surfactants and then to formulate and evaluate microemulsions of lecithin/rhamnolipid/sophorolipid biosurfactants with a range of oils (varying EACN values and oil types). We found that sophorolipid biosurfactants are more hydrophobic than sodium bis(2-ethyl) dihexyl sulfosuccinate (SBDHS), which is more hydrophobic than sodium dihexyl sulfosuccinate (SDHS) and rhamnolipid biosurfactant. Sophorolipid thus played an important role as the hydrophobic component in lecithin/rhamnolipid/sophorolipid biosurfactant formulation. This biosurfactant formulation was able to produce Winsor Type I, III and II microemulsions and the corresponding ultralow IFT for limonene, decane, isopropyl myristate and hexadecane. The phase behavior of this formulation with isopropyl myristate did not change significantly with changing temperature (10, 25, 40 degrees C) and electrolyte concentration (0.9% and 4.0% w/v), making it desirable for cosmetic and drug delivery applications. The hexadecane detergency performance of our biocompatible formulation was higher than that of a commercial liquid detergent at the same surfactant active concentrations. This paper thus shows the ability and robustness of mixed biosurfactant systems in formulating microemulsions for a range of oils and their potential applications. PMID:20471022

  20. Separation of neutral compounds by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography: fundamental studies on selectivity.

    PubMed

    Gabel-Jensen, C; Honoré Hansen, S; Pedersen-Bjergaard, S

    2001-04-01

    The selectivity of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) was studied utilizing some uncharged model compounds like aromatic amides, steroids, and esters of nicotinic acid. The cosurfactant of the microemulsion was found to be the most important factor affecting the selectivity, and alteration between 6.6% of 1-propanol, 1-butanol, tetrahydrofuran, and 2-ethoxyethanol caused several substantial changes in the migration order. In addition, the nature of the surfactant was found to significantly affect the selectivity. In this case, changes in order of migration was observed by replacement of half the content of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) with either sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate (SDOSS), 3-(N,N-dimethylmyristylammonio) propanesulfonate (MAPS), polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate (Tween 21), and polyoxyethylene 23 lauryl ether (Brij 35). MEEKC was also accomplished with 3.3% of the anionic surfactant sodium cholate and with the cationic surfactant N-cetyl-N,N,N-trimethylammonium bromide (CTMA). Both provided substantial differences in selectivity as compared to the SDS-based systems. With SDS as surfacant, the concentration was varied within 1.0-4.5%. Minor selectivity changes were observed as the concentration of the surfacant was reduced, but the major effect was a reduction in the total migration time. The organic solvent of the microemulsion droplets was found only to have minor impact on the selectivity. PMID:11379955

  1. Interpretation of static and dynamic neutron and light scattering from microemulsion droplets: effects of shape fluctuations

    PubMed

    Lisy; Brutovsky

    2000-04-01

    The theory of static and dynamic scattering of neutrons and light on microemulsion droplets is developed. The droplets are modeled by double-layered fluid spheres immersed in another fluid. The surface layer of arbitrary thickness thermally fluctuates in the shape. The scattering functions are consistently calculated up to the second order of the fluctuations. The bulk fluids and the layer are characterized by different scattering length densities (or dielectric constants). Involving the Helfrich's concept of interfacial elasticity, the theory is applied for the description of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), neutron spin echo (NSE), and dynamic light scattering (DLS) experiments on dilute microemulsions. From the fits to the experimental data the bending elasticity and the Gaussian modulus are extracted. Due to the corrected account for the fluctuations, their values differ markedly from those obtained in the original works. The theory well describes the SANS experiments. In the case of DLS, we had to assume the shell of the solvent molecules to be built of several layers. Previous theories were in a sharp disagreement with the NSE experiments. A better agreement with these experiments is obtained if the dissipation in the surface layer is included into the consideration. From the experiments, the viscosity of the layer is estimated for a concrete microemulsion system. PMID:11088196

  2. Interfaces between phases in a lattice model of microemulsions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dawson, K. A.

    1987-02-01

    A lattice model which has recently been developed to aid the study of microemulsions is briefly reviewed. The local-density mean-field equations are presented and the interfacial profiles and surface tensions are computed using a variational method. These density profiles describing the interface between oil rich and water rich phases, both of which are isotropic, are structured and nonmonotonic. Some comments about a perturbation expansion which confirms these conclusions are made. It is possible to compute the surface tension to high numerical accuracy using the variational procedure. This permits discussion of the question of wetting of the oil-water interface by a microemulsion phase. The interfacial tensions along the oil-water-microemulsion coexistence line are ultra-low. The oil-water interface is not wet by microemulsion throughout most of the bicontinuous regime.

  3. Microemulsion Using Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Trioleate and its Usage for Skin Delivery of Resveratrol to Protect Skin against UV-Induced Damage.

    PubMed

    Yutani, Reiko; Teraoka, Reiko; Kitagawa, Shuji

    2015-01-01

    We examined the phase behavior of various polyoxyethylene sorbitan fatty acid ester (polysorbates)/ethanol/isopropyl myristate (IPM)/150 mM NaCl solution (NaClaq) systems in order to prepare a microemulsion containing a low ratio of ethanol, which is more suitable for in vivo application. Using polyoxyethylene sorbitan trioleate (Tween 85), which has a large lipophilic moiety, as a surfactant component, single-phase domain of the phase diagram was the largest of all the polysorbates examined, and in particular a large oil-rich single-phase domain was obtained. When the ratio of Tween 85 to ethanol was changed from 1 : 1 to 3 : 1, the oil-rich single-phase domain further expanded, which led to a reduced ethanol concentration in the preparation. Thus, we determined the composition of the microemulsion to be Tween 85 : ethanol : IPM : NaClaq=30 : 10 : 53 : 7, and used it for skin delivery of resveratrol. Microemulsion gel was also prepared by adding 6.5% Aerosil) 200 into the microemulsion for ease of topical application. When applied with each vehicle, delivery of resveratrol into guinea pig skin in vitro was significantly enhanced compared with that by IPM, and resveratrol incorporated into the skin by microemulsion gel decreased lipid peroxidation to 29.5% compared with that of the control. Pretreatment of guinea pig dorsal skin with the microemulsion gel containing resveratrol almost completely prevented UV-B-induced erythema formation in vivo. These findings demonstrate that the microemulsion using Tween 85 containing a minimal concentration of ethanol enhanced the skin delivery of resveratrol and the incorporated resveratrol exhibited a protective effect against UV-induced oxidative damage. PMID:26329869

  4. Formation, characterization and enzyme activity in water-in-hydrophobic ionic liquid microemulsion stabilized by mixed cationic/nonionic surfactants.

    PubMed

    Sun, Yanwen; Yan, Keqian; Huang, Xirong

    2014-10-01

    The phase behavior of the pseudo ternary system 1-tetradecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([C14mim]Br)/Triton X-100/H2O/1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([Bmim]PF6) has been studied at 35°C. With the increase in the mole fraction of Triton X-100 in the mixed surfactants, the water solubilization capacity increases and the monophasic area enlarges. The H2O-in-[Bmim]PF6 (W/IL) microemulsion was identified via electrical conductivity measurement. The existence of bulk water in the W/IL microemulsion was demonstrated based on the change of the O-D vibration frequency with content of D2O added and confirmed using UV-vis technique with CoCl2 as probe. Laccase can be solubilized in the W/IL microemulsion and exhibits a catalytic activity. The interface of the W/IL microemulsion has an inhibitory effect on the expression of the laccase activity, and the inhibitory effect is varied with the molar ratio of the mixed surfactants. PMID:25016546

  5. Enzymatic hydrolysis of N-benzoyl-L-tyrosine p-nitroanilide by α-chymotrypsin in DMSO-water/AOT/n-heptane reverse micelles. A unique interfacial effect on the enzymatic activity.

    PubMed

    Moyano, Fernando; Setien, Evangelina; Silber, Juana J; Correa, N Mariano

    2013-07-01

    The reverse micelle (RM) media are very good as nanoreactors because they can create a unique microenvironment for carrying out a variety of chemical and biochemical reactions. The aim of the present work is to determine the influence of different water-dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) mixtures encapsulated in 1,4-bis-2-ethylhexylsulfosuccinate (AOT)/n-heptane RMs on the enzymatic hydrolysis of N-benzoyl-L-tyrosine p-nitroanilide (Bz-Try-pNA) by α-chymotrypsin (α-CT). The reaction was first studied in homogeneous media at different DMSO-water mixture compositions and in DMSO-water/AOT/n-heptane RMs. The hydrolysis rates of Bz-Try-pNA catalyzed by α-CT were determined by UV-vis spectroscopy. The reaction follows the Michaelis-Menten mechanism and the kinetic parameters: kcat, KM, and kcat/KM were evaluated under different conditions. In this homogeneous media, DMSO plays an important role in the solubilization process of the peptide which is almost insoluble in water, but it has a tremendous impact on the inactivation of α-CT. It is shown that the enzyme dissolved in a 20% molar ratio of the DMSO-water mixture does not present enzymatic activity. Dynamic light scattering has been used to assess the formation of DMSO-water/AOT/heptane RMs at different DMSO compositions. The results also show that there is preferential solvation of the AOT RM interface by water molecules. To test the use of these RMs as nanoreactors, the kinetic parameters for the enzymatic reaction in these systems have been evaluated. The parameters were determined at fixed W(S) {W(S) = ([water] + [DMSO])/[AOT] = 20} at different DMSO-water compositions. The results show that the Michaelis-Menten mechanism is valid for α-CT in all the RM systems studied and that the reaction takes place at the RM interface. Surprisingly, it was observed that the enzyme encapsulated by the RMs show catalytic effects with similar kcat/KM values at any DMSO composition investigated, which evidence that DMSO molecules are

  6. Dynamic light scattering of cutinase in AOT reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Melo, E P; Fojan, P; Cabral, J M; Petersen, S B

    2000-08-01

    The fungal lipolytic enzyme cutinase, incorporated into sodium bis-(2ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate reversed micelles has been investigated using dynamic light scattering. The reversed micelles form spontaneously when water is added to a solution of sodium bis-(2ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate in isooctane. When an enzyme is previously dissolved in the water before its addition to the organic phase, the enzyme will be incorporated into the micelles. Enzyme encapsulation in reversed micelles can be advantageous namely to the conversion of water insoluble substrates and to carry out synthesis reactions. However protein unfolding occurs in several systems as for cutinase in sodium bis-(2ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate reversed micelles. Dynamic light scattering measurements of sodium bis-(2ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate reversed micelles with and without cutinase were taken at different water to surfactant ratios. The results indicate that cutinase was attached to the micellar wall and that might cause cutinase unfolding. The interactions between cutinase and the bis-(2ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate interface are probably the driving force for cutinase unfolding at room temperature. Twenty-four hours after encapsulation, when cutinase is unfolded, a bimodal distribution was clearly observed. The radii of reversed micelles with unfolded cutinase were determined and found to be considerable larger than the radii of the empty reversed micelles. The majority of the reversed micelles were empty (90-96% of mass) and the remainder (4-10%) containing unfolded cutinase were larger by 26-89 A. PMID:10930568

  7. Seasonal differences in aerosol water may reconcile AOT and surface mass measurements in the Southeast U.S.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nguyen, T. K. V.; Ghate, V. P.; Carlton, A. M. G.

    2015-12-01

    Summertime aerosol optical thickness (AOT) in the Southeast U.S. is high and sharply enhanced (2-3 times) compared to wintertime AOT. This seasonal pattern is unique to the Southeast U.S. and is of particular interest because temperatures there have not warmed over the past 100 years, contrasting with trends in other U.S. regions. Some investigators hypothesize the Southeast temperature trend is due to secondary organic aerosols (SOA) formed from interactions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) and anthropogenic emissions that create a cooling haze. However, aerosol measurements made at the surface do not exhibit strong seasonal differences in mass or organic fraction to support this hypothesis. In this work, we attempt to reconcile the spatial and temporal distribution of AOT over the U.S. with surface mass measurements by examining trends in particle-phase liquid water, an aerosol constituent that effectively scatters radiation and is removed from aerosols in mass measurements at routine surface monitoring sites. We employ the thermodynamic model ISORROPIA (v2.1) to estimate surface and aloft aerosol water mass concentrations at locations of Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) sites using measured speciated ion mass concentrations and NCEP North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR) meteorological data. Results demonstrate strong seasonal differences in aerosol water in the eastern compared to the western part of the U.S., consistent with geographic patterns in AOT. The highest mean regional seasonal difference from 2000 to 2007 is 5.5 μg m-3 and occurs the Southeast, while the lowest is 0.44 μg m-3 and occurs in the dry Mountain West. Our findings suggest 1) similarity between spatial trends in aerosol water in the U.S. and previously published AOT data from the MODIS-TERRA instrument and 2) similar interannual trends in mean aerosol water and previously published interannual AOT trends from MISR, MODIS-TERRA, MODIS

  8. Cy3 in AOT reverse micelles II. Probing intermicellar interactions using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    McPhee, Jeffrey T; Scott, Eric; Levinger, Nancy E; Van Orden, Alan

    2011-08-11

    Cyanine-3 (Cy3) fluorescent dye molecules confined in sodium di-2-ethylhexyl sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles were examined using dynamic light scattering and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy to probe the kinetics of Cy3 dye and reverse micelle aggregation. This study explored a range of reverse micelle sizes, defined as w(0) = [H(2)O]/[AOT], in which the occupation number ranged from one Cy3 molecule per ∼10(5) to ∼10(6) reverse micelles. These measurements reveal that in the smallest reverse micelle, w(0) = 1, the Cy3 molecules aggregate to form H-aggregate dimers, and the Cy3 dimerization is accompanied by the formation of a transient dimer between reverse micelles. Transient reverse micelle dimer particles are only observed in the small fraction of Cy3-labeled reverse micelles probed by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and are not observed in the bulk solution probed by dynamic light scattering. Furthermore, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy makes it possible to probe the size and shape of these dimers, revealing prolate ellipsoid-shaped particles with twice the volume and surface area of a single reverse micelle. PMID:21761943

  9. Microstructure, morphology, and ultrafast dynamics of a novel edible microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Saha, Ranajay; Rakshit, Surajit; Mitra, Rajib Kumar; Pal, Samir Kumar

    2012-06-01

    An edible microemulsion (ME) composed of Tween 80/butyl lactate/isopropyl myristate (IPM)/water has been formulated. Pseudoternary phase diagram of the system contains a large single isotropic region. The phase behavior of the system is also studied at low pH (2.6) and in 0.9% NaCl solution. Conductivity, viscosity, ultrasonic velocity, and compressibility studies find consistent results in the structural transition (from water-in-oil (w/o) to bicontinuous, and from bicontinuous to oil-in-water (o/w)) behavior of the ME. Dynamic light scattering studies reveal the size of the MEs. The absorption and steady state emission spectra of 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(p-dimethylamino-styryl)-4H-pyran (DCM) successfully probe the polarity of the ME at its solvation shell and shows the efficacy of hosting model drug molecules. The rotational anisotropy of the dye has been studied to ascertain the geometrical restriction of the probe molecule. Picosecond-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy applies well to study the relaxation dynamics of water in the solvation shell of the MEs. The study finds strong correlation in the relaxation dynamics of water with the structure of host assembly and offers an edible ME system which could act as a potential drug delivery system and nontoxic nanotemplate for other applications. PMID:22571238

  10. A novel ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsion composed of biologically acceptable components: an excitation wavelength dependent fluorescence resonance energy transfer study.

    PubMed

    Mandal, Sarthak; Ghosh, Surajit; Banerjee, Chiranjib; Kuchlyan, Jagannath; Banik, Debasis; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2013-03-21

    In this work we have reported the formulation of a novel ionic liquid-in-oil (IL/O) microemulsion where the polar core of the ionic liquid, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium n-butylsulfate ([C2mim][C4SO4]), is stabilized by a mixture of two nontoxic nonionic surfactants, polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate (Tween-80) and sorbitan laurate (Span-20), in a biological oil phase of isopropyl myristate (IPM). The formation of the microemulsion droplets has been confirmed from the dynamic light scattering (DLS) and phase behavior study. To assess the dynamic heterogeneity of this tween-based IL/O microemulsion, we have performed an excitation wavelength dependent fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from coumarin 480 (C480) to rhodamine 6G (R6G). The multiple donor-acceptor (D-A) distances, ∼15, 30, and 45 Å, obtained from the rise times of the acceptor emission in the presence of a donor can be rationalized from the varying distribution of the donor, C480, in the different regions of the microemulsion system. With increasing the excitation wavelength from 375 to 408 nm, the contribution of the rise component of ∼240 ps which results the D-A distance of ∼30 Å increases significantly due to the enhanced contribution of the C480 probe molecules closer to the acceptor in the ionic liquid pool of the microemulsion. PMID:23445434

  11. Determination of manganese in diesel, gasoline and naphtha by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry using microemulsion medium for sample stabilization

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Brandão, Geisamanda Pedrini; de Campos, Reinaldo Calixto; de Castro, Eustáquio Vinicius Ribeiro; de Jesus, Honério Coutinho

    2008-08-01

    The determination of Mn in diesel, gasoline and naphtha samples at µg L - 1 level by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry, after sample stabilization in a three-component medium (microemulsion) was investigated. Microemulsions were prepared by mixing appropriate volumes of sample, propan-1-ol and nitric acid aqueous solution, and a stable system was immediately and spontaneously formed. After multivariate optimization by central composite design the optimum microemulsion composition as well as the temperature program was defined. In this way, calibration using aqueous analytical solution was possible, since the same sensitivity was observed in the optimized microemulsion media and 0.2% v/v HNO 3. The use of modifier was not necessary. Recoveries at the 3 µg L - 1 level using both inorganic and organic Mn standards spiked solutions ranged from 98 to 107% and the limits of detection were 0.6, 0.5 and 0.3 µg L - 1 in the original diesel, gasoline and naphtha samples, respectively. The Mn characteristic mass 3.4 pg. Typical relative standard deviation ( n = 5) of 8, 6 and 7% were found for the samples prepared as microemulsions at concentration levels of 1.3, 0.8, and 1.5 µg L - 1 , respectively. The total determination cycle lasted 4 min for diesel and 3 min for gasoline and naphtha, equivalent to a sample throughput of 7 h - 1 for duplicate determinations in diesel and 10 h - 1 for duplicate determinations in gasoline and naphtha. Accuracy was also assessed by using other method of analysis (ASTM D 3831-90). No statistically significant differences were found between the results obtained with the proposed method and the reference method in the analysis of real samples.

  12. Microemulsions which compatibly incorporate viscosifiers and their use in enhanced oil recovery

    SciTech Connect

    Gale, W. W.

    1981-06-09

    To improve the sweep efficiency of a microemulsion flooding process to recover crude oil from a subterranean formation, a mobility control polymer is added to the microemulsion to increase its viscosity. To enable the compatible incorporation of the polymer and surfactant into the microemulsion, while still utilizing an aqueous component having a salinity near that of the formation, a microemulsion oil component is used for which the surfactant's optimal salinity is substantially higher than for reservoir crude oil.

  13. Dimensionless Equation of State to Predict Microemulsion Phase Behavior.

    PubMed

    Ghosh, Soumyadeep; Johns, Russell T

    2016-09-01

    Prediction of microemulsion phase behavior for changing state variables is critical to formulation design of surfactant-oil-brine (SOB) systems. SOB systems find applications in various chemical and petroleum processes, including enhanced oil recovery. A dimensional equation-of-state (EoS) was recently presented by Ghosh and Johns1 that relied on estimation of the surfactant tail length and surface area. We give an algorithm for flash calculations for estimation of three-phase Winsor regions that is more robust, simpler, and noniterative by making the equations dimensionless so that estimates of tail length and surface area are no longer needed. We predict phase behavior as a function temperature, pressure, volume, salinity, oil type, oil-water ratio, and surfactant/alcohol concentration. The dimensionless EoS is based on coupling the HLD-NAC (Hydrophilic Lipophilic Difference-Net Average Curvature) equations with new relationships between optimum salinity and solubility. An updated HLD expression that includes pressure is also used to complete the state description. A significant advantage of the dimensionless form of the EoS over the dimensional version is that salinity scans are tuned based only on one parameter, the interfacial volume ratio. Further, stability conditions are developed in a simplified way to predict whether an overall compositions lies within the single, two-, or three-phase regions. Important new microemulsion relationships are also found, the most important of which is that optimum solubilization ratio is equal to the harmonic mean of the oil and water solubilization ratios in the type III region. Thus, only one experimental measurement is needed in the three-phase zone to estimate the optimum solubilization ratio, a result which can aid experimental design and improve estimates of optimum from noisy data. Predictions with changing state variables are illustrated by comparison to experimental data using standard diagrams including a new type

  14. FT-IR investigation of the partitioning of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate between an aqueous and a propane phase

    SciTech Connect

    Yee, G.G.; Fulton, J.L.; Blitz, J.P.; Smith, R.D. )

    1991-02-07

    The partitioning of the surfactant sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) from a buffered aqueous phase into a near-critical propane phase was investigated by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The partitioning of AOT is shown to be dependent upon the fluid pressure as well as upon the molar water-to-surfactant ratio, W. The uptake of water into the propane microemulsion phase coincides with the partitioning of AOT. The phase behavior of this system appears to be controlled by the attractive interactions between droplets in the microemulsion phase, as well as from limitations upon the curvature of the interfacial surfactant layer. Potential application of these systems for separations are discussed.

  15. Estimation of AOT and SDS CMC in a methanol using conductometry, viscometry and pyrene fluorescence spectroscopy methods

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mitsionis, Anastasios I.; Vaimakis, Tiverios C.

    2012-09-01

    Critical micelle concentration (CMC) of two anionic surfactants in methanol was estimated using conductometry, viscometry and pyrene fluorescence spectroscopy methods. The surfactants used, were sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (Aerosol-OT, AOT) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) dispersed in pure methanol. The CMC determination was evaluated in room temperature. The results have shown nearly similar concentrations.

  16. Structural and dynamical characterization of unilamellar AOT vesicles in aqueous solutions and their efficacy as potential drug delivery vehicle.

    PubMed

    Saha, Ranajay; Verma, Pramod Kumar; Mitra, Rajib Kumar; Pal, Samir Kumar

    2011-11-01

    Sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) is well known to form nanometre sized aqueous droplets in organic solvents and used in several contemporary applications including templates of nanoparticle synthesis. However, the detailed structural characterization of AOT in aqueous media is relatively less attended. Here we have used dynamic light scattering technique for the structural characterization of AOT in aqueous solutions and found to have a monodispersed, unilamellar vesicles (∼140 nm diameter). The efficacy of the vesicle to host both charged drugs like H258 (2'-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-5-[5-(4-methylpiperazine-1-yl)-benzimidazo-2-yl-benzimidazole]), EtBr (ethidium bromide) and hydrophobic drug like DCM (4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(p-dimethylamino-styryl)-4H-pyran) has also been investigated using Förster resonance energy transfer. Picosecond resolved and polarization gated spectroscopy have been used to study the solvation dynamics and microviscosity at the surface of the vesicles. We have also performed concentration and temperature dependent studies in order to confirm the stability of the vesicles in aqueous phase. The drug release profile of the vesicles has been studied through in vitro dialysis method. The non-toxic, monodispersed vesicles in aqueous media with a noteworthy stability in wide range of AOT concentration and temperature, capable of hosting drugs of various natures (both hydrophobic and charged) simultaneously for many codelivery applications with controlled drug release profile may find its applications in drug delivery. PMID:21816579

  17. Spectroscopic study of the melting and reconstruction of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles from their frozen states.

    PubMed

    Suzuki, Akira; Yui, Hiroharu

    2015-04-01

    The confinement of water in organic self-assemblies with nanometer-sized pores is ubiquitous in nature. Water pools in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles have been intensively studied as a representative model of such confined water. However, the freezing and melting behavior of such water pools is poorly understood owing to their poor structural stability under phase transition. In the present work, the melting of iced water pools accompanied by a reconstruction of AOT reverse micelles was studied with infrared spectroscopy. For all AOT reverse micelles tested (Rw: 1.2-4.4 nm), a characteristic ice-water coexistence phase was observed during melting. The results provide experimental evidence of the previously proposed core-shell structure of the water pool. For larger frozen reverse micelles (Rw>2.3 nm), shifts of the υ(OH) bands were observed. The spectra of the shifted υ(OH) bands were similar to those for the melted water pools in the smaller micelles. The mechanism of the reconstruction of AOT reverse micelles from their frozen states and the corresponding transient changes in the local environments were also discussed. PMID:25569193

  18. Development and characterization of microemulsions containing hyaluronic acid.

    PubMed

    Alkrad, Jamal Alyoussef; Mrestani, Yahya; Neubert, Reinhard H H

    2016-04-30

    Tween80 and Span20 were used as surfactant mixture for developing non-ionic microemulsions (MEs) containing hyaluronic acid 22 kDa (HA). The effect of Tween80:Span20 ratio (T:S ratio) on microemulsion (ME) water intake and stability was studied. Moreover, the effect of HA on the consumed surfactant amount which is for stabilizing the MEs, for reducing water intake was investigated. Two W/O MEs containing HA were optimized. The first ME was composed of 2% HA, 13.8% Tween:80:Span20 (2:3), 4.2% water and 79.9% isopropylpalmitate (IPP). The second was composed of 2% HA, 16% Span20, 9.6% water:dimethyl sulfoxide (W:DMSO) (6:3.6) and 72.4% medium chain triglycerides (MCTG). The droplet sizes of MEs were determined using dynamic light scattering (DLS). The multilayer membrane system (MLMS) was used for testing the release of HA from both MEs and the released amount of HA was quantified using capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). Furthermore, three phase diagrams and relevant rheological characteristics were generated. The droplet size of the ME without HA decreased and increased with increasing the temperature. Furthermore, the droplet size of the IPP-ME and MCTG-ME without HA and of the MCTG-ME with HA decreased with increasing temperature. In contrast to this results, the droplet size of the IPP-ME with HA increased with increased temperature. This ME belongs to the Newtonian fluids. Compared to the first ME, the second ME shows droplet sizes at 25 °C of 6.5 nm without and 37 nm with HA. The droplet size in the second ME decreased proportionally with an increase of the temperature with and without HA. The release of HA was faster from the IPP ME compared to the MCTG-ME. The two developed MEs were stable, isotropic and their properties comply with ME properties concerning the droplet size and viscosity. PMID:26902172

  19. Synergistic cosolubilization of omega-3 fatty acid esters and CoQ10 in dilutable microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Deutch-Kolevzon, Rivka; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2011-10-01

    Water-dilutable microemulsions were prepared and loaded with two types of omega-3 fatty acid esters (omega-3 ethyl esters, OEE; and omega-3 triacylglycerides, OTG), each separately and together with ubiquinone (CoQ(10)). The microemulsions showed high and synergistic loading capabilities. The linear fatty acid ester (OEE) solubilization capacity was greater than that of the bulky and robust OTG. The location of the guest molecules within the microemulsions at any dilution point were determined by electrical conductivity, viscosity, DSC, SAXS, cryo-TEM, SD-NMR, and DLS. We found that OEE molecules pack well within the surfactant tails to form reverse micelles that gradually, upon water dilution, invert into bicontinuous phase and finally into O/W droplets. The CoQ(10) increases the stabilization and solubilization of the omega-3 fatty acid esters because it functions as a kosmotropic agent in the micellar system. The hydrophobic and bulky OTG molecule strongly interferes with the tail packing and spaces them significantly - mainly in the low and medium range water dilutions. When added to the micellar system, CoQ(10) forms some reverse hexagonal mesophases. The inversion into direct micelles is more difficult in comparison to the OEE system and requires additional water dilution. The OTG with or without CoQ(10) destabilizes the structures and decreases the solubilization capacity since it acts as a chaotropic agent to the micellar system and as a kosmotropic agent to hexagonal packing. These results explain the differences in the behavior of these molecules with vehicles that solubilize them in aqueous phases. Temperature disorders the bicontinuous structures and reduces the supersaturation of the system containing OEE with CoQ(10); as a result CoQ(10) crystallization is retarded. PMID:21723268

  20. Dielectric spectra of ionic water-in-oil microemulsions below percolation: Frequency dependence behavior

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cametti, C.

    2010-03-01

    We have investigated the dielectric properties of water-in-oil microemulsions composed of sodium bis(2-ethyl-hexyl)sulfosuccinate, water, and decane, using radiofrequency impedance spectroscopy, below the percolation threshold, where the system behaves as surfactant-coated individual water droplets dispersed in a continuous oil phase. The analysis of the dielectric spectra has evidenced that the whole dielectric response below percolation is due to two different contributions, which give rise to two partially overlapping dielectric relaxations, approximately in the frequency range from 10 to 500 MHz. The first of these mechanisms is originated by the bulk polarization of counterions distributed in the electrical double layer of the droplet interior. The second mechanism is associated with a correlated motion of the anionic head groups SO3- at the surfactant-water interface. The introduction of this latter contribution allows us to justify the experimentally observed increase in the low-frequency permittivity as a function of temperature up to temperatures very close to percolation. The present study shows that deviations from the expected values on the basis of dielectric theories of heterogeneous systems (Maxwell-Wagner effect) observed when percolation is approaching can be accounted for, in a reasonable way, by the introduction of a further polarization mechanism, which involves the anionic surfactant groups. Only very close to percolation, when microemulsions undergo a scaling behavior, deviations of the permittivity (and electrical conductivity as well) are a print of the structural rearrangement of the whole system and models based on colloidal particle suspension theories fail. Even if the whole picture of the dielectric properties of microemulsion systems does not change in deep, nevertheless, the refinement introduced in this paper demonstrates how different polarization mechanisms could be simultaneously present in these rather complex systems and, above

  1. Comparison of Contrast Reduction based MODIS AOT estimates with AERONET measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Grosso, Nuno; Paronis, Dimitris

    2010-05-01

    Satellite remote sensing of aerosols offers global and seasonal coverage of aerosol distribution patterns resolving the spatial and temporal heterogeneities introduced by the existence of different sources and thus providing a more accurate and continuous quantification and characterization of the presence of aerosols in the atmosphere. Several retrieval methods have been implemented for various satellite sensors on an operational basis, providing global standard aerosol products such as Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) and particle size related parameters. Current techniques such as dark pixel reflectance (MODIS, MERIS), multi-angle reflectance analysis (MISR, AATSR) or quantification of light polarisation by aerosols (POLDER) rely on known surface reflectance behaviours (e.g., low surface reflective bands or low sensitivity to polarised light) to separate the surface from the atmospheric signal by first modelling surface contribution. Their accuracy and has a limited application for highly reflective or heterogeneous surfaces such as urban, desert or snow covered areas. Another set of algorithms, the so-called Contrast Reduction based algorithms, might complement information given since their principle is based on the existence of a time invariant heterogeneous surface that allows AOT retrieval by measuring the contrast differences between a pair of images with similar viewing geometry. This paper presents the results of applying a contrast reduction based algorithm to a one year dateaset of MODIS images and comparing it to the AOT measurements of five European urban influenced AERONET stations (Barcelona, Cabo da Roca, Lille, Modena, Paris). Results demonstrate a high correlation (r=0.8, =0.05 and rmse=0.08) between the MODIS contrast reduction derived AOT results and the AERONET measurements, although a systematic overestimation is observed. The error analysis further shows sensitivity to observation geometry, time-lag between reference and polluted images

  2. Effect of the constrained environment on the interactions between the surfactant and different polar solvents encapsulated within AOT reverse micelles.

    PubMed

    Durantini, Andrés M; Falcone, R Dario; Silber, Juana J; Correa, N Mariano

    2009-08-24

    Herein, we report a study of the interactions between different nonaqueous polar solvents, namely, ethylene glycol (EG), propylene glycol (PG), glycerol (GY), dimethylformamide (DMF), and dimethylacetamide (DMA), and the polar heads of sodium 1,4-bis-2-ethylhexylsulfosuccinate (AOT) in nonaqueous AOT/n-heptane reverse micelles. The goal of our study is to gain insights into the unique reverse-micelle microenvironment created upon encapsulation of these polar solvents. For the first time, the study is focused on determining which regions of the AOT molecular structure are involved in the interactions with the polar solvents. We use FTIR spectroscopy--a noninvasive technique--to follow the changes in the AOT C=O band and the symmetric and asymmetric SO(3)(-) vibration modes upon increasing the content of polar solvents in the micelles. The results show that GY interacts through H bonds with the SO(3)(-) group, thereby removing the Na(+) counterions from the interface remaining in the polar core of the micelles. PG and EG interact through H bonds, mainly with the C=O group of AOT, penetrating into the oil side of the interface. Thus, they interact weakly with the Na(+) counterion, which seems to be close to the AOT sulfonate group. Finally, DMF and DMA, encapsulated inside the reverse micelles, interact neither with the C=O nor with the SO(3)(-) groups, but their weakly bulk-associated structure is broken because of the interactions with Na(+). We suggest that DMF and DMA can complex the Na(+) ions through their carbonyl and nitrogen groups. Hence, our results do not only give insights into how the constrained environment affects the bulk properties of polar solvents encapsulated within reverse micelles but--more importantly--they also help us to answer the tricky question about which regions of the AOT moiety are involved in the interactions with the polar solvents. We believe that our results show a clear picture of the interactions present at the nonaqueous reverse

  3. Enhanced transdermal delivery of evodiamine and rutaecarpine using microemulsion

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, Yong-Tai; Zhao, Ji-Hui; Zhang, Su-Juan; Zhong, Yang-Zi; Wang, Zhi; Liu, Ying; Shi, Feng; Feng, Nian-Ping

    2011-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to improve skin permeation of evodiamine and rutaecarpine for transdermal delivery with microemulsion as vehicle and investigate real-time cutaneous absorption of the drugs via in vivo microdialysis. Methods Pseudoternary phase diagrams were constructed to evaluate microemulsion regions with various surfactants and cosurfactants. Nine formulations of oil in water microemulsions were selected as vehicles for assessing skin permeation of evodiamine and rutaecarpine in ex vivo transdermal experiments. With a microdialysis hollow fiber membrane implanted in the skin beneath the site of topical drug administration, dialysis sampling was maintained for 10 hours and the samples were detected directly by high performance liquid chromatography. Real-time concentrations of the drugs in rat skin were investigated and compared with those of conventional formulations, such as ointment and tincture. Furthermore, the drugs were applied to various regions of the skin using microemulsion as vehicle. Results In ex vivo transdermal experiments, cutaneous fluxes of evodiamine and rutaecarpine microemulsions were 2.55-fold to 11.36-fold and 1.17-fold to 6.33-fold higher, respectively, than those of aqueous suspensions. Different drug loadings, microemulsion water content, and transdermal enhancers markedly influenced the permeation of evodiamine and rutaecarpine. In microemulsion application with in vivo microdialysis, the maximum concentration of the drugs (evodiamine: 18.23 ± 1.54 ng/mL; rutaecarpine: 16.04 ± 0.69 ng/mL) were the highest, and the area under the curve0–t of evodiamine and rutaecarpine was 1.52-fold and 2.27-fold higher than ointment and 3.06-fold and 4.23-fold higher than tincture, respectively. A greater amount of drugs penetrated through and was absorbed by rat abdominal skin than shoulder and chest, and a reservoir in the skin was found to supply drugs even after the microemulsion was withdrawn. Conclusion Compared to

  4. Mercury removal from aqueous streams utilizing microemulsion liquid membranes

    SciTech Connect

    Larson, K.A.; Wiencek, J.M.

    1994-11-01

    The goal of this work is the removal of mercury ion from wastewater using thermodynamically stable microemulsions as liquid membranes. The research focuses on identification and modeling of the appropriate aqueous and organic phase equilibrium reactions for mercury extraction and stripping, comparison of extraction kinetics between coarse emulsions and microemulsions, and demulsification and recovery of the emulsion components. An oleic acid microemulsion liquid membrane (water-in-oil) containing sulfuric acid as the internal phase reduces the feed phase mercury concentration from 460 mg/l to 0.84 mg/l in a single contacting. This compares favorably with a control extraction (oleic acid/no internal phase) which results in a final concentration of 20 mg/l Hg{sup +2}. Microemulsions can be demulsified using butanol as an additive. The demulsification kinetics are proportional to butanol concentration and temperature and inversely proportional to surfactant concentration. The demulsification rate is second order with respect to water concentration which implies that the rate-limiting step in the process is the rate of internal phase droplet encounters. Proof-of-principle experiments demonstrate the ability to extract mercury ion using microemulsions formulated with recycled organic phase, albeit at a somewhat reduced efficiency. The reduced efficiency is attributed to increased internal phase leakage due to residual butanol in the oil phase. Finally, the cycle is brought around full circle by recovering metallic mercury from the internal phase by electroplating. 27 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Trend Analysis of global AOT based on various Polar Orbiting Satellite Observations: MODIS (Terra), MISR (Terra), SeaWiFS (OrbView-2), and MODIS (Aqua)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yoon, J.; Vountas, M.; von Hoyningen-Huene, W.; Chang, D. Y.; Burrows, J. P.

    2012-04-01

    Many studies have investigated temporal trends of cloud-free AOTs derived from polar orbiting satellite observations since aerosol retrieval accuracy has been improved substantially. However, only few studies have discussed the fundamental limitation of incomplete sampling originated from frequent cloud disturbance and restricted temporal coverage. Furthermore, the AOT trends derived from various polar orbiting satellite observations are hardly comparable due to different sensor calibration, retrieval accuracy, and cloud screening. Therefore, the present paper integrates various analyses of AOT trends derived from multiple observations (i.e. MODIS-Terra (MOD) from 2000/03 to 2009/12, MISR-Terra (MIS) from 2000/03 to 2010/12, SeaWiFS-OrbView-2 (SEA) from 1998/01 to 2007/12, and MODIS-Aqua (MYD) from 2003/01 to 2008/12) using a weighted least squares regression in order to minimize the above mentioned issues. With high statistical confidence, the weighted trends of MOD AOT (550 nm), MIS AOT (558 nm), SEA AOT (510 nm), and MYD AOT (550 nm) over OECD Europe showed a significant decrease (-0.00274±0.00126, -0.00303±0.00169, -0.00077±0.00044, and -0.00530±0.00304 per year respectively) while increasing over East Asia (+0.00727±0.00385, +0.00673±0.00401, +0.00342±0.00171, and +0.01939±0.00986 per year respectively).

  6. Phase behavior and physicochemical properties of sodium octyl sulfate/n-decane/1-hexanol/aqueous AlCl[sub 3] middle-phase microemulsion

    SciTech Connect

    Abe, Masahiko; Yamazaki, Tadao; Ogino, Keizo )

    1992-03-01

    The phase behavior and physicochemical properties of sodium octyl sulfate/n-decane/1-hexanol/aqueous AlCl[sub 3] middle-phase microemulsion have been studied as a function of salinity to develop an experimental investigation for better understanding of the microstructure of a middle-phase microemulsion. The system exhibits a Winsor-type phase transition (Winsor I [leftrightarrow] Winsor III [leftrightarrow] Winsor II) with increasing salinity. Over an appreciable salinity (from 0.50% to 9.2%), the formation of Winsor III, composed of a middle-phase microemulsion in equilibrium with the excess water and oil phases, was observed. It has been observed that as the salinity is increased, the phase volume of the middle-phase microemulsion undergoes a drastic decrease at a specific brine concentration (3.8%). Furthermore, the physicochemical properties such as water content, electrical conductivity, diffusion coefficient, and solubilization of 1-hexanol in the AlCl[sub 3] middle-phase microemulsion all show abrupt changes at this salinity. The drastic change in the phase volume and physicochemical properties at the specific salinity of 3.8% may be attributed to a phase inversion of the AlCl[sub 3] middle-phase microemulsion from oil-rich to water-rich continuous phase with increasing AlCl[sub 3] concentration, which is quite a different behavior from that observed for monovalent and divalent salt systems. Specifically, it may be assumed that a fluctuating structure of bicontinuous type and a liquid crystal structure overcome the droplet structure in the phase equilibrium at a certain salinity during the increase in the trivalent salt concentration. 25 refs., 10 figs.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of ZnS nanowires by AOT micelle-template inducing reaction

    SciTech Connect

    Lv Ruitao; Cao Chuanbao; Zhu Hesun

    2004-08-03

    ZnS nanowires, with diameters around 30 nm and lengths up to 2.5 {mu}m, had been successfully synthesized from solutions containing an anionic surfactant, sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT). Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern indicated that the product was pure polycrystalline cubic-phase {beta}-ZnS. The morphology and size of the as-synthesized product were determined by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The effects of some of the key reaction parameters (such as the ratio of surfactant to water, the reactant concentration and reaction temperature, etc.) had been explored in this paper. A growth mechanism of ZnS nanowires by micelle-template inducing reaction was also proposed.

  8. Photophysical behavior of a homologous series of amphiphilic hemicyanine dyes in thin AOT films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gallos, L. K.; Stathatos, E.; Lianos, P.; Argyrakis, P.

    2002-01-01

    The photophysical behavior of a homologous series of amphiphilic hemicyanines, incorporated in thin films, made by dip-coating glass slides in bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT) reverse micellar solutions, has been studied by absorption spectrophotometry and computer simulation techniques. At relatively high dye concentration, a narrow band in the absorption spectrum was observed, corresponding to aggregated species. Aggregates are of the H-type, displaying a hypsochromic shift in their absorption spectra, except for the shortest chain homolog. The growth of aggregates in films has been studied in relation with the [water]/[dye] and the [surfactant]/[dye] ratios. Simulation of the aggregate formation by extended dipole interaction in spherical reverse micelles and planar bilayer structures in combination with experimental data, revealed that the films are structured in microheterogeneous assemblies analogous to the reverse micelles found in the original solutions.

  9. Lipophilic porphyrin microparticles induced by AOT reverse micelles: a fluorescence lifetime imaging study.

    PubMed

    Togashi, Denisio M; Costa, Sílvia M B; Sobral, Abílio J F N

    2006-01-20

    Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) technique was applied to investigate the fluorescence dynamics and structural features of large colloidal aggregates of meso-tetra(N-dodecyl-4-amino sulfonyl-phenyl)porphyrin (PC12) induced by Sodium 1,4-bis(2-ethyl hexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles. The aggregate's particle sizes (down to 1 microm) obtained from the confocal fluorescence images matched with the particle sizes measured in the images obtained from Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The fluorescence decays for those aggregates in the micro spatial domain show triexponential fluorescence lifetimes (tau1 approximately 12 ns, tau2 approximately 3 ns and tau3 approximately 1 ns) which are independent of the aggregate's size. PMID:16154681

  10. Improving activity and stability of cutinase towards the anionic detergent AOT by complete saturation mutagenesis.

    PubMed

    Brissos, V; Eggert, T; Cabral, J M S; Jaeger, K-E

    2008-06-01

    Cutinase is an enzyme suitable for detergent applications as well as for organic synthesis in non-aqueous solvents. However, its inactivation in the presence of anionic surfactants is a problem which we have addressed by creating a complete saturation library. For this, the cutinase gene from Fusarium solani pisi was mutated to incorporate all 19 possible amino acid exchanges at each of the 214 amino acid positions. The resulting library was screened for active variants with improved stability in the presence of the anionic surfactant dioctyl sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT). Twenty-four sites in cutinase were discovered where amino acid replacements resulted in a 2-11-fold stability increase as compared to the wild-type enzyme. PMID:18424821

  11. Quenching of the triplet state of Safranine-O by aliphatic amines in AOT reverse micelles studied by transient absorption spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Porcal, Gabriela V; Chesta, Carlos A; Biasutti, M Alicia; Bertolotti, Sonia G; Previtali, Carlos M

    2012-02-01

    The photophysics of Safranine-O (3,6-diamino-2,7-dimethyl-5 phenyl phenazinium chloride) (SfH(+)Cl(-)) was investigated in reverse micelles (RMs) of AOT (sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate) with special emphasis on the triplet state processes. The triplet is formed in its monoprotonated form, independently of the pH of the water used to prepare the RMs. While the intersystem crossing quantum yields in RMs are similar to those in organic solvents, the triplet lifetime is much longer. Since the pH in the water pool of AOT RMs is close to 5 and the triplet state of the dye is subjected to proton quenching, the long lifetime indicates that the dye resides in a region where it cannot be reached by protons during its lifetime. All the measurements indicate that the dye is localized in the interface, sensing a medium of micropolarity similar to EtOH : water (3:1) mixtures. The quenching by aliphatic amines was also investigated. While the quenching by the hydrophobic tributylamine is similar to that in methanol, the hydro-soluble triethanolamine is one order of magnitude more effective in RMs than in homogeneous solution. In the latter case the quenching process is interpreted by a very fast intramicellar quenching, the overall kinetics being controlled by the exchange of amine molecules between RMs. Semireduced dye is formed in the quenching process in RMs in the di-protonated state with a comparable quantum yield to the monoprotonated state formed in homogeneous solvents. The results point to the advantage of the reverse micellar system for the generation of active radicals for the initiation of vinyl polymerization, since a much lower concentration of amine can be employed with similar quantum yields. PMID:22105094

  12. Bulk and surface structure of a ternary microemulsion

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, D.D.; Chen, S.H.; Satija, S.K.; Majkrzak, C.F.

    1995-12-31

    Microemulsions are isotropic mixtures of water, oil, and surfactant which self-assemble to form interfacial monolayers with a characteristic length scale on the order of hundreds of Angstroms. Small angle neutron scattering was sued to determine the bulk structure of a water-octane-C{sub 10}E{sub 4} bicontinuous microemulsion. The mean curvature of the surfactant film was verified to be near zero by independently measuring the scattering contributions form the water-surfactant and oil-surfactant interfaces through hydrogen-deuterium contrast variation. The exponentially damped, oscillatory scattering length density profile of the microemulsion near a hydrophobic silicon surface was also observed with neutron reflectivity. The surface reflectivity results as well as the bulk small angle scattering measurements are explained using a simple Ginzburg-Landau theory.

  13. A critical appraisal of microemulsions for drug delivery: part II.

    PubMed

    Sapra, Bharti; Thatai, Purva; Bhandari, Sameer; Sood, Jatin; Jindal, Manish; Tiwary, Ashok K

    2014-01-01

    Microemulsions are thermodynamically stable, optically transparent isotropic solutions of oil and water successfully formulated by using a combination of suitable surfactant and cosurfactant. The solubilization power of microemulsions for lipophilic, hydrophilic and amphiphilic solutes form a viable approach for enhancing the bioavailability of hydrophobic drugs and percutaneous permeation of poorly permeable drugs, mainly due to the large area per volume ratio available for mass transfer. Microemulsions have emerged as novel vehicles for drug delivery due to their versatile applications. They allow sustained release for topical, oral, nasal, intravenous, ocular, parenteral and other administration routes of drugs. They also offer a relevant application platform for improving target specificity, therapeutic activity, and reducing toxicity of drugs. PMID:24341819

  14. Magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles synthesized in water-in-oil microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Wu, Jianming; Yan, Hong; Zhang, Xuehu; Wei, Liqiao; Liu, Xuguang; Xu, Bingshe

    2008-08-01

    Well-dispersed magnesium hydroxide nanoplatelets were synthesized by a simple water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsion process, blowing gaseous ammonia (NH(3)) into microemulsion zones solubilized by magnesium chloride solution (MgCl(2)). Typical quaternary microemulsions of Triton X-100/cyclohexane/n-hexanol/water were used as space-confining microreactors for the nucleation, growth, and crystallization of magnesium hydroxide nanoparticles. The obtained magnesium hydroxide was characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high-resolution transmission election microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), laser light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and thermogravimetric analysis-differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC). The mole ratio of water to surfactant (omega(0)) played an important role in the sizes of micelles and nanoparticles, increasing with the increase of omega(0). The compatibility and dispersibility of nanoparticles obtained from reverse micelles were improved in the organic phase. PMID:18511061

  15. Formation of organic nanoparticles from volatile microemulsions.

    PubMed

    Margulis-Goshen, Katrin; Netivi, Hadas Donio; Major, Dan T; Gradzielski, Michael; Raviv, Uri; Magdassi, Shlomo

    2010-02-15

    A method for preparation of nanoparticles of poorly water-soluble organic materials is presented. By this method, an oil-in-water microemulsion containing a volatile solvent with dissolved model material, propylparaben, undergoes solvent evaporation and conversion into nanoparticles by spray drying. The resulting powder can be easily dispersed in water to give a clear, stable dispersion of nanoparticles with a high loading of propylparaben. By filtration of this dispersion it was found that more than 95wt.% of the dispersed propylparaben is in particles of less than 450nm. X-ray diffraction revealed that propylparaben is present as nanocrystals of 40-70nm. After dispersion of the powder in water, formation of large crystals rapidly occurs. Addition of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) prevented crystal growth during dispersion of the powder in water. The inhibition of propylparaben crystal growth by PVP was studied by molecular dynamic simulations that addressed the binding of PVP to the propylparaben crystal. A comparison was made between PVP and polyvinylalcohol, which did not display crystal inhibition properties. PMID:19919861

  16. High accuracy NMR chemical shift corrected for bulk magnetization as a tool for structural elucidation of dilutable microemulsions. Part 1 - Proof of concept.

    PubMed

    Hoffman, Roy E; Darmon, Eliezer; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2016-02-01

    In microemulsions, changes in droplet size and shape and possible transformations occur under various conditions. They are difficult to characterize by most analytical tools because of their nano-sized structure and dynamic nature. Several methods are usually combined to obtain reliable information, guiding the scientist in understanding their physical behavior. We felt that there is a need for a technique that complements those in use today in order to provide more information on the microemulsion behavior, mainly as a function of dilution with water. The improvement of NMR chemical shift measurements independent of bulk magnetization effects makes it possible to study the very weak intermolecular chemical shift effects. In the present study, we used NMR high resolution magic angle spinning to measure the chemical shift very accurately, free of bulk magnetization effects. The chemical shift of microemulsion components is measured as a function of the water content in order to validate the method in an interesting and promising, U-type dilutable microemulsion, which had been previously studied by a variety of techniques. Phase transition points of the microemulsion (O/W, bicontinuous, W/O) and changes in droplet shape were successfully detected using high-accuracy chemical shift measurements. We analyzed the results and found them to be compatible with the previous studies, paving the way for high-accuracy chemical shifts to be used for the study of other microemulsion systems. We detected two transition points along the water dilution line of the concentrate (reverse micelles) corresponding to the transition from swollen W/O nano-droplets to bicontinuous to the O/W droplets along with the changes in the droplets' sizes and shapes. The method seems to be in excellent agreement with other previously studied techniques and shows the advantage of this easy and valid technique. PMID:25113928

  17. Tomography of reaction-diffusion microemulsions reveals three-dimensional Turing patterns.

    PubMed

    Bánsági, Tamás; Vanag, Vladimir K; Epstein, Irving R

    2011-03-11

    Spatially periodic, temporally stationary patterns that emerge from instability of a homogeneous steady state were proposed by Alan Turing in 1952 as a mechanism for morphogenesis in living systems and have attracted increasing attention in biology, chemistry, and physics. Patterns found to date have been confined to one or two spatial dimensions. We used tomography to study the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction in a microemulsion in which the polar reactants are confined to aqueous nanodroplets much smaller than the scale of the stationary patterns. We demonstrate the existence of Turing patterns that can exist only in three dimensions, including curved surfaces, hexagonally packed cylinders, spots, and labyrinthine and lamellar patterns. PMID:21310963

  18. In situ growth of ZnO nanoparticles in precursor-insensitive water-in-oil microemulsion as soft nanoreactors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bumajdad, Ali; Madkour, Metwally

    2015-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures of uniform shapes and sizes (spherical, needle-like, and acicular) were directly synthesized using a relatively precursor-insensitive water-in- n-heptane microemulsion system stabilized by a mixture of cationic and non-ionic surfactants. With this colloidal system, the synthesized ZnO possesses the highest reported surface area (76 m2 g-1) among the published reports utilizing other microemulsion systems. Such precursor insensitivity allowed studying the effect of Zn precursor:precipitating agent molar ratio (as high as 1:8) on the particle size, specific surface area, porosity, and morphology of the synthesized nanoparticles. The interaction of the cationic surfactant head groups and their Br- counter ions with Zn2+ and OH- ions is believed to play a major role in controlling the ZnO characteristics. Due to such interactions, it is believed that the nucleation processes are retarded while the growth is more dominating if compared with other microemulsion systems.

  19. Enhanced percutaneous permeability of diclofenac using a new U-type dilutable microemulsion.

    PubMed

    Shevachman, Marina; Garti, Nissim; Shani, Arnon; Sintov, Amnon C

    2008-04-01

    Enhanced systemic absorption in vivo and percutaneous penetration in vitro was demonstrated after transdermal administration of diclofenac sodium formulated in U-type microemulsion. Diclofenac sodium was solubilized in a typical four-component system consisting of an oil, polyoxyethylene-10EO-oleyl alcohol (Brij 96V) as the surfactant, and 1-hexanol along water dilution line W46 (40 wt % surfactant and 60 wt % oil phase before water titration). Viscosity and small angle X-ray scattering measurements have evidenced bicontinuous structures within water fractions of 0.25 and 0.5 along the dilution line. Self-diffusion NMR studies showed that drug molecules accumulated in the interfacial film and, to some extent, dissolved in the oil. Relative to a commercial macro-emulsion cream (Voltaren Emulgel), microemulsions containing paraffin oil or isopropyl myristate increased the in vivo transdermal penetration rate of diclofenac by two order of magnitude, whereas the rat plasma levels were increased by one order of magnitude. The in vitro data obtained from excised rat skin were comparable to the in vivo results, but suffered from discrepancies from the ideal in vivo-in vitro correlation, which might be explained by optimal in vitro conditions of perfusion and hydration. It has also been found that when jojoba oil is formulated as the oil phase in the microemulsion, the penetration rate of the drug decreases significantly. Based on the three-dimensional structure of jojoba oil, the wax is presumed to prevent the drug from being freely diffused into the skin while migrating from the interfacial film into the continuous oil phase. PMID:18401782

  20. Cluster formation in water-in-oil microemulsions at percolation: evaluation of the electrical properties

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bordi, F.; Cametti, C.; Rouch, J.; Sciortino, F.; Tartaglia, P.

    1996-06-01

    We study water-in-oil microemulsion systems in the droplet phase and in the vicinity of a percolation transition in the non-percolating region. We focus on the electrical conductivity and permittivity, quantities that show large variations when approaching the percolation threshold. The accepted model for the interpretation of the increasing conductivity - very large compared to that of the bathing oil phase - is related to clustering of the microemulsion droplets and migration of charges within the aggregates. Power laws have been used to interpret the behaviour of the static dielectric properties and scaling functions proposed for the frequency-dependent conductivity and permittivity. We review some relevant experiments in this field and the proposed interpretations, and formulate a phenomenological model of conduction. It is based on the physical picture of cluster formation due to attractive interactions among the constituent water droplets, anomalous diffusion in the bulk of fractal aggregates and polydispersity of the clusters. The model gives quantitative expressions for both conductivity and permittivity over the entire frequency range of the percolative relaxation phenomena, including the static behaviour. A closed expression is derived for the scaling function of a scaling variable which involves frequency, the cut-off cluster size and the parameters of the bulk components. The results are also expressed in the time domain in terms of the polarization time correlation function. The latter exhibits a rather interesting behaviour, since it gradually evolves from an exponential decay to a power-law decay and to a stretched exponential as time increases. The time-scales of the different stages are obtained from the typical decay times of the single droplet and the largest cluster. We have analysed many different sets of data obtained for different microemulsion systems as functions of the composition of the dispersed phase, the temperature and the frequency