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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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).

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

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    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. 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.

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  12. Particle interactions in microemulsion systems

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    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.

  13. Processes for microemulsion polymerization employing novel microemulsion systems

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    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.

  14. Microemulsions based transdermal drug delivery systems.

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    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

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

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    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.

  16. 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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

  9. Effect of Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine on a microemulsion

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  14. Microemulsions in supercritical hydrochlorofluorocarbons

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  19. Interparticle interactions in water-in-oil microemulsions: Dielectric and ir investigations

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    D'angelo, M.; Fioretto, D.; Onori, G.; Santucci, A.

    1998-12-01

    The high-frequency dielectric response of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles in n-heptane has been measured in the range 0.01-20 GHz as a function of volume fraction φ of a dispersed phase at a fixed value of the water to surfactant molar ratio W=11. A relaxation phenomenon has been observed that is connected to the AOT ion pair diffusion at the water-surfactant interface. This dielectric relaxation has been found to be markedly affected by the interparticle interactions that have been modulated by adding different amounts of NaCl. In order to reveal the connections between attractive interactions among the droplets and the stereochemical configurations of AOT molecules, an ir study has been performed on the carbonyl stretching band of AOT molecules in the micellar aggregates. A comparison with dielectric data shows that a correlation exists between the intensity of attractive interactions and the composition of AOT rotamers in the microemulsion system. These results support the hypothesis that attractive intermicellar interactions are favored by a particular orientation and packing of nonpolar tails of AOT molecules in the micellar microaggregate.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  3. NMR characterisation and transdermal drug delivery potential of microemulsion systems.

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    Kreilgaard, M; Pedersen, E J; Jaroszewski, J W

    2000-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of structure and composition of microemulsions (Labrasol/Plurol Isostearique/isostearylic isostearate/water) on their transdermal delivery potential of a lipophilic (lidocaine) and a hydrophilic model drug (prilocaine hydrochloride), and to compare the drug delivery potential of microemulsions to conventional vehicles. Self-diffusion coefficients determined by pulsed-gradient spin-echo NMR spectroscopy and T(1) relaxation times were used to characterise the microemulsions. Transdermal flux of lidocaine and prilocaine hydrochloride through rat skin was determined in vitro using Franz-type diffusion cells. The formulation constituents enabled a broad variety of microemulsion compositions, which ranged from water-continuous to oil-continuous aggregates over possible bicontinuous structures, with excellent solubility properties for both lipophilic and hydrophilic compounds. The microemulsions increased transdermal flux of lidocaine up to four times compared to a conventional oil-in-water emulsion, and that of prilocaine hydrochloride almost 10 times compared to a hydrogel. A correlation between self-diffusion of the drugs in the vehicles and transdermal flux was indicated. The increased transdermal drug delivery from microemulsion formulations was found to be due mainly to the increased solubility of drugs and appeared to be dependent on the drug mobility in the individual vehicle. The microemulsions did not perturb the skin barrier, indicating a low skin irritancy.

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

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    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

  5. Transport properties of diluted inverted micelles and microemulsions

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  9. Optimized microemulsions and solid microemulsion systems of simvastatin: characterization and in vivo evaluation.

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    Dixit, Rahul P; Nagarsenker, Mangal S

    2010-12-01

    The study describes development of solid microemulsions (SME) for improved delivery of simvastatin (SMV). Pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were constructed and MEs were optimized for oil and drug content. SMEs were prepared using colloidal silicon dioxide to adsorb the liquid ME. MEs were characterized for mean globule size in aqueous medium and the SMEs were evaluated for powder characteristics, mean globule size after dilution with water, dissolution profile and for in vivo efficacy in rats. X-ray diffraction studies indicated complete amorphization and/or solubilization of SMV in the SMEs. It was supported by scanning electronic microscopic studies, which did not show evidence of precipitation of the drug on the surface of the carrier. Dissolution studies revealed remarkable increase in dissolution of the drug as compared to plain drug. All the formulations provided significant reduction in the total cholesterol levels in hyperlipidemic rats with reference to rats of control group (p < 0.05). The proposed SMEs have potential to deliver water insoluble drugs like SMV by oral route for better efficacy.

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

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    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.

  11. Lipase-catalyzed reactions at interfaces of two-phase systems and microemulsions.

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    Reis, P; Miller, R; Leser, M; Watzke, H

    2009-09-01

    This work describes the influence of two polar lipids, Sn-1/3 and Sn-2 monopalmitin, on the activity of lipase in biphasic systems and in microemulsions. In previous communications, we have shown that Sn-2 monoglycerides can replace Sn-1,3 regiospecific lipases at the oil-water interface, causing a drastically reduced rate of lipolysis. We here demonstrate that even if the lipase is expelled from the interface, it can catalyze esterification of the Sn-2 monoglyceride with fatty acids in both macroscopic oil-water systems and in microemulsions, leading to formation of di- and triglycerides. PMID:18795240

  12. Water Solubilization Using Nonionic Surfactants from Renewable Sources in Microemulsion Systems.

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    Szumała, Patrycja; Szeląg, Halina

    2012-07-01

    In this study the effect of temperature, NaCl and oils (hydrocarbons: C(8)-C(16)) on the formation and solubilization capacity of the systems of oil/monoacylglycerols (MAG):ethoxylated fatty alcohols (CEO(20))/propylene glycol (PG)/water was investigated. The effects of the surfactant mixture on the phase behavior and the concentration of water or oil in the systems were studied at three temperatures (50, 55, 60 °C) and with varied NaCl solutions (0.5; 2; 11%). Electrical conductivity measurement, FTIR spectroscopy and the DSC method were applied to determine the structure and type of the microemulsions formed. The dimension of the microemulsion droplets was characterized by dynamic light scattering. It has been stated that the concentration of CEO(20) has a strong influence on the shape and extent of the microemulsion areas. Addition of a nonionic surfactant to the mixture with MAG promotes an increase in the area of microemulsion formation in the phase diagrams, and these areas of isotropic region did not change considerably depending on the temperature, NaCl solution and oil type. It was found that, depending on the concentration of the surfactant mixture, it was possible to obtain U-type microemulsions with dispersed particles size distribution ranging from 25 to 50 nm and consisting of about 30-32% of the water phase in the systems. The conditions under which the microemulsion region was found (electrolyte and temperature-insensitive, comparatively low oil and surfactant concentration) could be highly useful in detergency.

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

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    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.

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

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    Wu, Sangwook

    2005-01-01

    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| = qm) 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 qm, but with random orientations and phases, i.e. just the ones which form the metastable states of our microemulsion and block copolymer glass. (38)

  15. Complex wave patterns in an effective reaction-diffusion model for chemical reactions in microemulsions.

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    Alonso, Sergio; John, Karin; Bär, Markus

    2011-03-01

    An effective medium theory is employed to derive a simple qualitative model of a pattern forming chemical reaction in a microemulsion. This spatially heterogeneous system is composed of water nanodroplets randomly distributed in oil. While some steps of the reaction are performed only inside the droplets, the transport through the extended medium occurs by diffusion of intermediate chemical reactants as well as by collisions of the droplets. We start to model the system with heterogeneous reaction-diffusion equations and then derive an equivalent effective spatially homogeneous reaction-diffusion model by using earlier results on homogenization in heterogeneous reaction-diffusion systems [S.Alonso, M.Bär, and R.Kapral, J. Chem. Phys. 134, 214102 (2009)]. We study the linear stability of the spatially homogeneous state in the resulting effective model and obtain a phase diagram of pattern formation, that is qualitatively similar to earlier experimental results for the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction in an aerosol OT (AOT)-water-in-oil microemulsion [V.K.Vanag and I.R.Epstein, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 228301 (2001)]. Moreover, we reproduce many patterns that have been observed in experiments with the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction in an AOT oil-in-water microemulsion by direct numerical simulations.

  16. Microemulsions of ABA Amphiphilic Block Copolymers and Surfactants

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    Braun-Shmueli, Liora; Netanel, Ortal; Regev, Oren; Gottlieb, Moshe

    2001-03-01

    The system composed of oil (decane), water and an ABA amphiphilic block copolymer is capable of exhibiting an extremely rich phase and rheological behavior. In this paper we describe the rheological properties of a synthetic amphiphilic block copolymer dissolved in a water-in-oil microemulsion with and without the stabilizing effect of small molecular weight surfactant molecules. 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. 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. Furthermore, the insoluble block copolymer in oil turns into a gel-like one phase system upon addition of small amounts of either water or water and surfactant solution. Experiments show that a maximum in elasticity or viscosity is attained at a droplet concentration equivalent to about 80 polymer chains per drop. Small angle x-ray and neutron scattering experiments were carried out to elucidate the system morphology.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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. Microemulsion-based synergistic dual-drug codelivery system for enhanced apoptosis of tumor cells.

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    Qu, Ding; Ma, Yihua; Sun, Wenjie; Chen, Yan; Zhou, Jing; Liu, Congyan; Huang, Mengmeng

    2015-01-01

    A microemulsion-based synergistic dual-drug codelivery system was developed for enhanced cell apoptosis by transporting coix seed oil and etoposide into A549 (human lung carcinoma) cells simultaneously. Results obtained by dynamic light scattering showed that an etoposide (VP16)-loaded coix seed oil microemulsion (EC-ME) delivery system had a small size around 35 nm, a narrow polydispersity index, and a slightly negative surface charge. The encapsulating efficiency and total drug loading rate were 97.01% and 45.48%, respectively, by high-performance liquid chromatography. The release profiles at various pH values showed an obvious pH-responsive difference, with the accumulated amount of VP16 released at pH 4.5 (and pH 5.5) being 2.7-fold higher relative to that at pH 7.4. Morphologic alteration (particle swelling) associated with a mildly acidic pH environment was found on transmission electron microscopy. In the cell study, the EC-ME system showed a significantly greater antiproliferative effect toward A549 cells in comparison with free VP16 and the mixture of VP16 and coix seed oil. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration of the EC-ME system was 3.9-fold and 10.4-fold lower relative to that of free VP16 and a mixture of VP16 and coix seed oil, respectively. Moreover, fluorescein isothiocyanate and VP16 (the green fluorescent probe and entrapped drug, respectively) were efficiently internalized into the cells by means of coix seed oil microemulsion through intuitive observation and quantitative measurement. Importantly, an EC-ME system containing 20 μg/mL of VP16 showed a 3.3-fold and 3.5-fold improvement in induction of cell apoptosis compared with the VP-16-loaded microemulsion and free VP16, respectively. The EC-ME combination strategy holds promise as an efficient drug delivery system for induction of apoptosis and treatment of lung cancer.

  7. Microemulsion-based synergistic dual-drug codelivery system for enhanced apoptosis of tumor cells

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    Qu, Ding; Ma, Yihua; Sun, Wenjie; Chen, Yan; Zhou, Jing; Liu, Congyan; Huang, Mengmeng

    2015-01-01

    A microemulsion-based synergistic dual-drug codelivery system was developed for enhanced cell apoptosis by transporting coix seed oil and etoposide into A549 (human lung carcinoma) cells simultaneously. Results obtained by dynamic light scattering showed that an etoposide (VP16)-loaded coix seed oil microemulsion (EC-ME) delivery system had a small size around 35 nm, a narrow polydispersity index, and a slightly negative surface charge. The encapsulating efficiency and total drug loading rate were 97.01% and 45.48%, respectively, by high-performance liquid chromatography. The release profiles at various pH values showed an obvious pH-responsive difference, with the accumulated amount of VP16 released at pH 4.5 (and pH 5.5) being 2.7-fold higher relative to that at pH 7.4. Morphologic alteration (particle swelling) associated with a mildly acidic pH environment was found on transmission electron microscopy. In the cell study, the EC-ME system showed a significantly greater antiproliferative effect toward A549 cells in comparison with free VP16 and the mixture of VP16 and coix seed oil. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration of the EC-ME system was 3.9-fold and 10.4-fold lower relative to that of free VP16 and a mixture of VP16 and coix seed oil, respectively. Moreover, fluorescein isothiocyanate and VP16 (the green fluorescent probe and entrapped drug, respectively) were efficiently internalized into the cells by means of coix seed oil microemulsion through intuitive observation and quantitative measurement. Importantly, an EC-ME system containing 20 μg/mL of VP16 showed a 3.3-fold and 3.5-fold improvement in induction of cell apoptosis compared with the VP-16-loaded microemulsion and free VP16, respectively. The EC-ME combination strategy holds promise as an efficient drug delivery system for induction of apoptosis and treatment of lung cancer. PMID:25709440

  8. Transdermal microemulsion drug delivery system for impairing male reproductive toxicity and enhancing efficacy of Tripterygium Wilfordii Hook f.

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    Wang, Xiao; Xue, Mei; Gu, Jijin; Fang, Xiaoling; Sha, Xianyi

    2012-06-01

    The present study is trying to produce a transdermal microemulsion drug delivery system (TMDDS) for Tripterygium Wilfordii Hook f. (TWHF) and attempting to solve male reproductive toxicity problem of TWHF. The formulation was optimized by the central composite design with response surface methodology and was decided as 12% oleic acid, 19.7% Labrasol S, 19.7% ethanol and 19.7% Pharmasolve, and 29% water. TMDDS for TWHF had stronger transdermal ability than free TWHF, and TWHF microemulsion significantly inhibited the adjuvant-induced arthritis and at the same time, had preferable anti-inflammatory effect with the long-time administration. Various pharmacodynamics parameters proved that TWHF microemulsion can reduce the male reproductive toxicity and hepatotoxicity of rats. All these suggested that TMDDS could be a suitable delivery system for TWHF.

  9. Preparation of Nanowire Silica Inside Self-Assembled Sodium Bis(2-ethylhexyl) Sulfosuccinate (AOT) Gels.

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    Lai, Wei-Chi; Hong, Li-Tzuen

    2016-09-22

    In conventional sol-gel methods, gel formation occurs due to aggregation of particles into irregular shapes of larger size. In this study, we conducted hydrolysis-condensation reactions of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) within water-laden channels inside the space created by self-assembled AOT molecules to prepare regular and nanosized silica in self-assembled sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) gels. The AOT gels were obtained by adding small amounts of water to organic solvents containing high concentrations of AOT. Adding silica significantly influenced the rheological properties and microstructures of these AOT/silica gels. Rheological studies showed that the storage modulus G' and loss modulus G″ of the AOT gel systems became very close and even crossed, indicating that the gel is "weak"; however, for the AOT/silica gel systems, the rheological data demonstrated that G' is greater than G″ at all frequencies, indicative of a real gel with a G' of approximately 10(5) pa. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) results showed that the gels initially had a hexagonal close-packed cylindrical structure with long-range order and transitioned to nonclose-packed cylindrical structures without long-range order as the silica formed. The cylinder is expected to comprise stacks of silica molecules surrounded by AOT molecules, and the radius of the cylinder is close to the sum of the length of one AOT molecule and half the size of one silica molecule. The rheological and SAXS data show that silica in the AOT/silica systems grew in the axial direction due to the confinement of these cylindrical structures, leading to nanowire silica structures. After removal of the AOT components, the nanowire silica was approximately 5-10 nm in diameter, as observed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). PMID:27602986

  10. Preparation of Nanowire Silica Inside Self-Assembled Sodium Bis(2-ethylhexyl) Sulfosuccinate (AOT) Gels.

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    Lai, Wei-Chi; Hong, Li-Tzuen

    2016-09-22

    In conventional sol-gel methods, gel formation occurs due to aggregation of particles into irregular shapes of larger size. In this study, we conducted hydrolysis-condensation reactions of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) within water-laden channels inside the space created by self-assembled AOT molecules to prepare regular and nanosized silica in self-assembled sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) gels. The AOT gels were obtained by adding small amounts of water to organic solvents containing high concentrations of AOT. Adding silica significantly influenced the rheological properties and microstructures of these AOT/silica gels. Rheological studies showed that the storage modulus G' and loss modulus G″ of the AOT gel systems became very close and even crossed, indicating that the gel is "weak"; however, for the AOT/silica gel systems, the rheological data demonstrated that G' is greater than G″ at all frequencies, indicative of a real gel with a G' of approximately 10(5) pa. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) results showed that the gels initially had a hexagonal close-packed cylindrical structure with long-range order and transitioned to nonclose-packed cylindrical structures without long-range order as the silica formed. The cylinder is expected to comprise stacks of silica molecules surrounded by AOT molecules, and the radius of the cylinder is close to the sum of the length of one AOT molecule and half the size of one silica molecule. The rheological and SAXS data show that silica in the AOT/silica systems grew in the axial direction due to the confinement of these cylindrical structures, leading to nanowire silica structures. After removal of the AOT components, the nanowire silica was approximately 5-10 nm in diameter, as observed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

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

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    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.

  12. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer in microemulsions composed of tripled-chain surface active ionic liquids, RTILs, and biological solvent: an excitation wavelength dependence study.

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    Banerjee, Chiranjib; Kundu, Niloy; Ghosh, Surajit; Mandal, Sarthak; Kuchlyan, Jagannath; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2013-08-15

    In this article we have reported the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) study in our earlier characterized surface active ionic liquids (SAILs)-containing microemulsion, i.e., N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([P13][Tf2N])/[CTA][AOT]/isopropyl myristate ([IPM]) and N,N,N-trimethyl-N-propylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([N3111][Tf2N])/[CTA][AOT]/[IPM] microemulsions (Banerjee, C.; Mandal, S.; Ghosh, S.; Kuchlyan, J.; Kundu, N.; Sarkar, N. J. Phys. Chem. B 2013, 117, 3927-3934). The occurrence of effective FRET from the donor, coumarin-153 (C-153) to the acceptor rhodamine 6G (R6G) is evident from the decrease in the steady state fluorescence intensity of the donor with addition of acceptor and subsequent increase in the fluorescence intensity of the acceptor in the presence of donor. The excitation wavelength dependent FRET from C-153 to R6G has also been performed to assess the dynamic heterogeneity of these confined systems. In time-resolved experiments, the significant rise time of the acceptor in the presence of the donor further confirms the occurrence of FRET. The multiple donor-acceptor (D-A) distances, for various microemulsions, 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, C-153, in the different regions of the microemulsion. Time-resolved measurement reveals that with increasing excitation wavelength from 408 to 440 nm, the contribution of the faster rise component of FRET increases significantly due to the close proximity of the C-153 and R6G in the polar region of the microemulsion where occurrence of FRET is very high. Moreover, we have also studied the FRET with variation of R (R = [room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs)]/[surfactant]) and shown that the effect of excitation wavelength on FRET is similar irrespective of R values.

  13. Improvement of effect of water-in-oil microemulsion as an oral delivery system for fexofenadine: in vitro and in vivo studies.

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    Gundogdu, E; Alvarez, I Gonzalez; Karasulu, E

    2011-01-01

    Fexofenadine (FEX) has high solubility and low permeability (BCS, Class III). In this work, novel FEX loaded water in oil microemulsion (w/o) was designed to improve bioavailability and compared with Fexofen(®) syrup in in vitro and in vivo studies. In addition, pharmacokinetic parameters in permeability studies were estimated by using WinNonLin software program. w/o microemulsion system was optimized using a pseudoternary phase diagram, composed of span 80/lutrol F 68 (9.5:0.5 w/w), oleic acide, isopropyl alcohol and water as surfactant mixture; oil and cosurfactant was developed for oral drug delivery. w/o microemulsion systems were characterized by phase behavior, particle size, viscosity and solubilization capacity. In vitro studies were studied using Caco-2 cell monolayer. Pharmacokinetic parameters of w/o microemulsion were investigated in rabbits and compared to Fexofen(®) syrup. Fexofen(®) syrup and microemulsion were administered by oral gavage at 6 mg/kg of the same concentration. The experimental results indicated that microemulsion (HLB = 5.53) formed nanometer sized droplets (33.29 ± 1.76) and had good physical stability. This microemulsion increased the oral bioavailability of FEX which was highly water-soluble but fairly impermeable. The relative bioavailability of FEX microemulsion was about 376.76% compared with commercial syrup in rabbits. In vitro experiments were further employed for the enhanced effect of the microemulsion for FEX. These results suggest that novel w/o microemulsion plays an important role in enhancing oral bioavailability of low permeability drugs.

  14. Improvement of effect of water-in-oil microemulsion as an oral delivery system for fexofenadine: in vitro and in vivo studies

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    Gundogdu, E; Alvarez, I Gonzalez; Karasulu, E

    2011-01-01

    Fexofenadine (FEX) has high solubility and low permeability (BCS, Class III). In this work, novel FEX loaded water in oil microemulsion (w/o) was designed to improve bioavailability and compared with Fexofen® syrup in in vitro and in vivo studies. In addition, pharmacokinetic parameters in permeability studies were estimated by using WinNonLin software program. w/o microemulsion system was optimized using a pseudoternary phase diagram, composed of span 80/lutrol F 68 (9.5:0.5 w/w), oleic acide, isopropyl alcohol and water as surfactant mixture; oil and cosurfactant was developed for oral drug delivery. w/o microemulsion systems were characterized by phase behavior, particle size, viscosity and solubilization capacity. In vitro studies were studied using Caco-2 cell monolayer. Pharmacokinetic parameters of w/o microemulsion were investigated in rabbits and compared to Fexofen® syrup. Fexofen® syrup and microemulsion were administered by oral gavage at 6 mg/kg of the same concentration. The experimental results indicated that microemulsion (HLB = 5.53) formed nanometer sized droplets (33.29 ± 1.76) and had good physical stability. This microemulsion increased the oral bioavailability of FEX which was highly water-soluble but fairly impermeable. The relative bioavailability of FEX microemulsion was about 376.76% compared with commercial syrup in rabbits. In vitro experiments were further employed for the enhanced effect of the microemulsion for FEX. These results suggest that novel w/o microemulsion plays an important role in enhancing oral bioavailability of low permeability drugs. PMID:21904453

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  18. Microemulsions in technical processes

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    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.

  19. Effect of Mannosylerythritol lipid-A on light scattering of AOT/D2O/Octane

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    Sharifi, Soheil

    2016-09-01

    The light scattering technique is used for the study of interaction of Mannosylerythritol lipid-A on AOT/D2O/Octane. The collective diffusion of AOT/D2O droplets soluble in Octane mixed with lipid is founded from a correlation function of light scattering. We focus on the variation of the dynamic behavior of droplets as a function of the lipid concentrations and the size of droplets. The increase of concentration of Mannosylerythritol lipid-A on microemulsion decreases the dynamic of droplets. The SAXS experiment shows the size and the interaction of the droplets change by increase of Mannosylerythritol lipid-A concentration. A hard sphere model can describe the interaction of lipid with AOT/D2O droplets.

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

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    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.

  1. Microemulsion-based novel transdermal delivery system of tetramethylpyrazine: preparation and evaluation in vitro and in vivo

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    Zhao, Ji-Hui; Ji, Li; Wang, Hui; Chen, Zhi-Qiang; Zhang, Yong-Tai; Liu, Ying; Feng, Nian-Ping

    2011-01-01

    Objective To deliver 2,3,5,6-tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) in a relatively large dose through a transdermal route and facilitate the practical application of microemulison in transdermal drug delivery. Methods The pseudo-ternary phase diagram for microemulsion regions was constructed using isopropyl myristate as oil phase, Labrasol® as surfactant, and Plurol® Oleique CC 497 as cosurfactant. A uniform experimental design was applied for formulation optimization. In vitro skin permeation experiments of six formulations were undertaken with TMP transdermal patch (EUDRAGIT® E100 as matrix) and TMP saturated solution as controls. We prepared TMP-oil dispersed in water-ethylene vinyl acetate-transdermal therapeutic system (TMP-O/W-EVA-TTS) with microemulsion as reservoir and EVA membrane as release liner; pharmacokinetic and brain distribution studies in rats were conducted with TMP transdermal patches as control. Results The skin fluxes of TMP from microemulsions were 8.2- to 26.7-fold and 0.9- to 4.7-fold higher than those of TMP transdermal patch and TMP saturated solution, respectively, and were strongly affected by the microemulsion composition. The improvement in TMP solubility as well as the skin permeation enhancement effect of microemulsion components contributed mainly to transdermal delivery facilitation. In the pharmacokinetic study, the relative bioavailability of TMP-O/W-EVA-TTS was 350.89% compared with the TMP transdermal patch. Higher and more stable TMP contents in rat plasma were obtained after administration of TMP-O/WEVA- TTS than after application of TMP transdermal patch. In the brain distribution study, higher rate and extent of TMP distribution to brain, and lower rate of TMP clearance from brain were observed after transdermal administration of TMP-O/W-EVA-TTS than after application of TMP transdermal patch. Conclusion The novel transdermal delivery system prepared in this study showed a remarkable skin permeation improvement of microemulsion and

  2. Preferential solubilization behaviours and stability of some phenolic-bearing essential oils formulated in different microemulsion systems.

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    Edris, A E; Malone, C F R

    2012-10-01

    The solubilization behaviour of a number of essential oils (EOs) containing volatile phenolic constituents was investigated in five different micellar solutions. These oils include clove bud (Eugenia caryophyllata), thyme (Thymus serpyllum) and oregano (Thymus capitatus). Ternary and pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were constructed to assess the ability for microemulsion formation and dilutability of each system using non-ionic surfactants. Results showed that Tween 20 (T20) was more suitable to solubilize these oils compared with Tween 80 (T80). Clove EO was found to be easily microemulsifiable compared with the other EOs, whereas oregano showed the least tendency to form a microemulsion. Particle sizes measured at different dilution lines ranged between 5.9 and 16.9 nm. The chemical composition of each EO was revealed by gas chromatography and was correlated with the observed solubilization behaviour. The presence of solubilization enhancers like poly-ols and short-chain alcohols improved solubilization of all EOs; however, establishment of new dilution lines was controlled by EO type. Physical stability assessment showed that all microemulsions were stable against alternate freeze/thaw cycles which extended for 1 week. On the contrary, each system showed different temperature sensitivity in the thermal stress assessment. The results of this investigation can be useful in fabrication of thermodynamically stable aqueous system carrying aromatic and bioactive phenolics for different applications in personal hygiene, cosmetic, fragrance and pharmaceutical products. PMID:22738164

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

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    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.

  4. Temperature-sensitive microemulsion gel: an effective topical delivery system for simultaneous delivery of vitamins C and E.

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    Rozman, Branka; Zvonar, Alenka; Falson, Francoise; Gasperlin, Mirjana

    2009-01-01

    Microemulsions (ME)--nanostructured systems composed of water, oil, and surfactants--have frequently been used in attempts to increase cutaneous drug delivery. The primary objective addressed in this work has been the development of temperature-sensitive microemulsion gel (called gel-like ME), as an effective and safe delivery system suitable for simultaneous topical application of a hydrophilic vitamin C and a lipophilic vitamin E. By changing water content of liquid o/w ME (o/w ME), a gel-like ME with temperature-sensitive rheological properties was formed. The temperature-driven changes in its microstructure were confirmed by rotational rheometry, viscosity measurements, and droplet size determination. The release studies have shown that the vitamins' release at skin temperature from gel-like ME were comparable to those from o/w ME and were much faster and more complete than from o/w ME conventionally thickened with polymer (o/w ME carbomer). According to effectiveness in skin delivery of both vitamins, o/w ME was found the most appropriate, followed by gel-like ME and by o/w ME carbomer, indicating that no simple correlation between vitamins release and skin absorption could be found. The cytotoxicity studies revealed good cell viability after exposure to ME and confirmed all tested microemulsions as nonirritant.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  8. TOPICAL REVIEW: Mesoscale structures in microemulsions

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

  16. Pore Scale Dynamics of Microemulsion Formation.

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    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

  17. Ionic liquid tunes microemulsion curvature.

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  3. Preparation and evaluation of aceclofenac topical microemulsion.

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  9. Block-copolymer-induced structure formation in microemulsions

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    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.

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

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    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.

  11. Microemulsions as carriers for therapeutic molecules.

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    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

  12. Conductive microemulsions for template CoNi electrodeposition.

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    Serrà, Albert; Gómez, Elvira; Calderó, Gabriela; Esquena, Jordi; Solans, Conxita; Vallés, Elisa

    2013-09-21

    Microemulsions have been revealed as feasible templates to grow magnetic nanostructures using an electrodeposition method. Reducing agents are not required and the applied potential has been used as driving force of the nanostructure growth. A systematic study of conductive microemulsion systems to allow the CoNi electrodeposition process has been performed. Different surfactants and organic components have been tested to form microemulsions with a CoNi electrolytic bath as an aqueous component in order to define the microemulsions showing enough conductivity to perform an electrodeposition process from the aqueous component. By using microemulsions of the aqueous electrolyte solution-Triton X-100-diisopropyl adipate system, CoNi electrodeposition has been achieved, the structure of the deposits being dependent on the composition and structure of the microemulsion, which can act as a soft-template to obtain different discontinuous deposits. The magnetic properties of the CoNi deposits vary with their structure.

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

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    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. Microregion detection of ionic liquid microemulsions.

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    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

  15. Microemulsion phase as a medium for electrodeposition of nickel and electron-transfer study of ferrocyanide-ferricyanide redox system.

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    Ganesh, V; Lakshminarayanan, V

    2010-09-01

    We report our electrochemical studies in a W/O microemulsion phase consisting of a ternary mixture of water, Triton X-100, and toluene. The microemulsion phase plays the dual role of a template in the electrodeposition of nickel and as an electrolytic medium in the study of electron-transfer kinetics. The nickel electrodeposits obtained using this microemulsion phase as a template were characterized by surface analysis techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies while cyclic voltammetry (CV) was used to determine the electro-active true surface area of the template-deposited nickel. For electron-transfer studies, CV and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were employed using potassium ferro/ferricyanide as a redox probe. In contrast to the diffusion-controlled process of the redox probe in aqueous medium, a charge-transfer control was observed in the W/O microemulsion phase. We found that the rate constant value for this particular redox reaction in the microemulsion phase is decreased by about four orders of magnitude when compared to the corresponding value in aqueous medium. The observed phenomenon has been correlated to the structure of the W/O microemulsion phase at the interface, exhibiting a microelectrode array behavior.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  20. Polymeric bicontinuous microemulsions

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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

  3. Overcoming the cutaneous barrier with microemulsions.

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    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

  4. Overcoming the Cutaneous Barrier with Microemulsions

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    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

  5. Microemulsion Synthesis of Nanoparticle PZT Powder

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

  9. Magnetic microemulsions based on magnetic ionic liquids.

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    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

  10. Reactivity of hair cystine in microemulsion media.

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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

  14. Molten fatty acid based microemulsions.

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    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

  15. Quantitative characterization of the viscosity of a microemulsion

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    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.

  16. Microemulsions as reaction media for the synthesis of mixed oxide nanoparticles: relationships between microemulsion structure, reactivity, and nanoparticle characteristics.

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    Aubery, Carolina; Solans, Conxita; Prevost, Sylvain; Gradzielski, Michael; Sanchez-Dominguez, Margarita

    2013-02-12

    Phase behavior, dynamics, and structure of W/O microemulsions of the system aqueous solution/Synperonic 13_6.5/1-hexanol/isooctane were studied, with the goal of determining their effect on Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticle formation, kinetics and characteristics. Microemulsion structure and dynamics were studied systematically by conductivity, dynamic light scattering (DLS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The main effect of cosurfactant 1-hexanol was a decrease in microemulsion regions as compared to the systems without cosurfactant; nevertheless, overlap of microemulsion regions in the systems with precursor salts (PS) and precipitating agent (PA) was achieved at lower S/O ratios, compared to the system without cosurfactant. At 50 °C, PA microemulsions are nonpercolated, while PS microemulsions are percolated. SANS indicates small prolate ellipsoidal micelles with the absence of free water up to 18 wt % PS solution; DSC studies confirm the absence of free water in this composition range. Kinetic studies show an increase in the reaction rate with increasing concentration of the aqueous solution; but the most significant effect in reaction kinetics was noted when cosurfactant was used, regardless of microemulsion dynamics and structure. On the other hand, the main difference regarding the characteristics of the obtained nanoparticles was observed when bicontinuous microemulsions were used as reaction media which resulted in 8 nm nanoparticles, versus a constant size of ~4 nm obtained with all other microemulsions regardless of aqueous solution content, dynamics, and presence or absence of cosurfactant. The latter effect of constant size is attributed to the fact that the water present is dominantly bound to the EO units of the surfactant.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

  1. Preparation of microemulsions using polyglycerol fatty acid esters as surfactant for the delivery of protein drugs.

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    Ho, H O; Hsiao, C C; Sheu, M T

    1996-02-01

    Phase diagrams containing the microemulsion region were constructed for pseudo-ternary systems composed for polyglycerol fatty acid ester/cosurfactant/Captex 300/water. It was found necessary to add ethanol, 1-propanol, 1-butanol as cosurfactant to produce microemulsions. The results also demonstrated microemulsions were only able to form when employing polyglycerol fatty acid esters with hydrophile-lipophile balances (HLBs) between 8 and 13, such as MO500, MO750, SO750, and ML310. Most microemulsions were determined to be Winsor type IV by dilution and dye solubility tests. Microemulsions stored at ambient temperature maintained constant viscosity, indicating that the system was thermodynamically stable for long periods. Further, several microemulsion formulations were demonstrated to be promising for oral delivery of insulin based on the results of stability tests and acid-protection efficiency.

  2. 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.

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    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.

  3. Theoretical behavior of microemulsions: geometrical aspects and dilution properties

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    Biais, J.; Bothorel, P.; Clin, B.; Lalanne, P.

    1981-03-01

    A very simple theoretical model for microemulsions is used; introducing the idea of pseudophases, and therefore equilibrium between them, one can account for many experimental properties of such systems. By using two partition coefficients respectively for alcohol and oil, the existence of dilution lines for microemulsions and of excluding domains for spherical objects is justified, and the evolution of some geometrical characteristics is predicted. 17 references.

  4. Application of Multiple Linear Regression and Extended Principal-Component Analysis to Determination of the Acid Dissociation Constant of 7-Hydroxycoumarin in Water/AOT/Isooctane Reverse Micelles.

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    Caselli; Daniele; Mangone; Paolillo

    2000-01-15

    The apparent pK(a) of dyes in water-in-oil microemulsions depends on the charge of the acid and base forms of the buffers present in the water pool. Extended principal-component analysis allows the precise determination of the apparent pK(a) and of the spectra of the acid and base forms of the dye. Combination with multiple linear regression increases the precision. The pK(a) of 7-hydroxycoumarin (umbelliferone) was spectrophotometrically measured in a water/AOT/isooctane microemulsion in the presence of a series of buffers carrying different charges at various different water/surfactant ratios. The spectra of the acid and base forms of the dye in the microemulsion are very similar to those in bulk water in the presence of Tris and ammonia. The presence of carbonate changes somewhat the spectrum of the acid form. Results are discussed taking into account the profile of the electrostatic potential drop in the water pool and the possible partition of umbelliferone between the aqueous core and the surfactant. The pK(a) values corrected for these effects are independent of w(0) and are close to the value of the pK(a) in bulk water. Copyright 2000 Academic Press.

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

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    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

  6. Polymeric Bicontinuous Microemulsions

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    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.

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

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    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

  8. Structure and Solvent Properties of Microemulsions

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    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…

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

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    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

  10. Microstructure and structural transition in coconut oil microemulsion using semidifferential electroanalysis.

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    Mo, Chunsheng; Li, Xiaoge

    2007-08-15

    The microemulsification in coconut oil/octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide/iso-pentanol/water system is investigated. The effect of iso-pentanol concentrations on the size of single-phase microemulsion region is discussed. It is found that the maximum microemulsion domain is obtained when cosurfactant (iso-pentanol)-to-surfactant (octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide) mass ratio is 1.5. The diffusion coefficients of ferrocene (electroactive probe) in microemulsion microenvironment are measured by semidifferential electroanalysis. The microstructure and structural transition from water-in-oil to oil-in-water microemulsions through a bicontinuous structure is examined. The results are found to be in agreement with that of conductivity measurements.

  11. Physicochemical, in vitro and in vivo evaluation of flurbiprofen microemulsion.

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    Naeem, Muhammad; Ur Rahman, Nisar; Tavares, Guilherme D; Barbosa, Sávio F; Chacra, Nádia B; Löbenberg, Raimar; Sarfraz, Muhammad K

    2015-09-01

    Flurbiprofen, a potent nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, is widely used for relief of pain in patients suffering from rheumatic diseases, migraine, sore throat and primary dysmenorrheal. However, this drug has many gastrointestinal side effects produced by its oral administration, such as gastric bleeding and peptic ulcer. These effects were responsible for non-compliance among patients, which ultimately results in treatment failure. The physicochemical properties of flurbiprofen, make it a suitable candidate for transdermal drug delivery, which can overcome the drawbacks of oral administration. In this sense, microemulsions have been proved to increase the cutaneous absorption of lipophilic drugs when compared to conventional drug delivery systems. The purpose of this study was to formulate and characterize gel based microemulsions, for topical delivery of flurbiprofen. Different gel bases, containing microemulsion and hydro-alcoholic solution of flurbiprofen, were developed and compared. In vitro study showed that gels containing microemulsion had a higher permeation rate than those containing hydro-alcoholic solutions. Additionally, formulation of Carbopol-I (microemulsion) showed higher percent of inhibition of inflammation than others bases. Further, skin irritation study demonstrated that Carbopol-I was none irritating. Flurbiprofen microemulsion incorporated on Carbopol-I showed physicochemical, in vitro and in vivo characteristics suitable for the development of alternative transdermal delivery formulation.

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

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    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

  13. Analytical applications of emulsions and microemulsions.

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    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

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

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    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

  15. Dynamics in the interior of AOT lamellae investigated with two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

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    Kumar, S K Karthick; Tamimi, A; Fayer, Michael D

    2013-04-01

    The dynamics inside the organic regions of aerosol-OT (AOT)/water mixtures in the lamellar mesophase, bicontinuous cubic (BC) phase, and in an analogous molecule without the charged sulfonate headgroup are investigated by observing spectral diffusion, orientational relaxation and population relaxation using ultrafast two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) vibrational echo spectroscopy and IR pump-probe experiments on the asymmetric CO stretch of a vibrational probe, tungsten hexacarbonyl (W(CO)6). The water layer thickness between the bilayer planes in the lamellar phase was varied. For comparison, the dynamics of W(CO)6 in the normal liquid bis(2-ethylhexyl) succinate (EHS), which is analogous to AOT but has no charged sulfonate headgroup, were also studied. The 2D IR experiments measure spectral diffusion, which results from the structural evolution of the system. Spectral diffusion is quantified by the frequency-frequency correlation function (FFCF). In addition to a homogeneous component, the FFCFs are biexponential decays with fast and slow time components of ∼12.5 and ∼150 ps in the lamellar phase. Both components of the FFCF are independent of the number of water molecules per headgroup for the lamellae, but they slow somewhat in the BC phase. The dynamics in the ordered phases are in sharp contrast to the dynamics in EHS, which displays fast and slow components of the FFCF of 5 and 80 ps, respectively. As the hydration level of AOT increases, vibrational lifetime decreases, suggesting some change in the local environment of W(CO)6 with water content.

  16. Formation of celecoxib nanoparticles from volatile microemulsions.

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    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

  17. Sustainable polymerizations in recoverable microemulsions.

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  1. Liquid Crystalline Microemulsions

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    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.

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

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    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

  3. Determination of the acid dissociation constant of bromocresol green and cresol red in water/AOT/isooctane reverse micelles by multiple linear regression and extended principal component analysis.

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    Caselli, Maurizio; Mangone, Annarosa; Paolillo, Paola; Traini, Angela

    2002-01-01

    The pKa of 3',3",5',5"tetrabromo-m-cresolsulfonephtalein (Bromocresol Green) and o-cresolsulphonephtalein (Cresol Red) was spectrophotometrically measured in a water/AOT/isooctane microemulsion in the presence of a series of buffers carrying different charges at different water/surfactant ratios. Extended Principal Component Analysis was used for a precise determination of the apparent pKa and of the spectra of the acid and base forms of the dye. The apparent pKa of dyes in water-in-oil microemulsions depends on the charge of the acid and base forms of the buffers present in the water pool. Combination with multiple linear regression increases the precision. Results are discussed taking into account the profile of the electrostatic potential in the water pool and the possible partition of the indicator between the aqueous core and the surfactant. The pKa corrected for these effects are independent of w0 and are close to the value of the pKa in bulk water. On the basis of a tentative hypothesis it is possible to calculate the true pKa of the buffer in the pool.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  6. Phase behaviour of propane- and scCO(2)-microemulsions and their prominent role for the recently proposed foaming procedure POSME (Principle of Supercritical Microemulsion Expansion).

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    Schwan, Michael; Kramer, Lorenz G A; Sottmann, Thomas; Strey, Reinhard

    2010-06-21

    In this study we present a systematic investigation of the phase behaviour of microemulsions containing near- or supercritical solvents. The starting point of this study are microemulsions of the type water/NaCl-propane-polyethyleneglycol mono-n-alkyl ether at a pressure of p = 220 bar. Replacing propane stepwise by supercritical carbon dioxide the typical phase behavior of microemulsions systems can still be observed using scCO(2) as the only nonpolar solvent. Thus, increasing the temperature a phase inversion from a CO(2)-in-water to a water-in-CO(2) microemulsion via a balanced CO(2) microemulsion is found for the first time. Such mixtures of water and scCO(2) are expected to be versatile solvents in green chemistry. In addition, the formulation of supercritical microemulsions is the initial step in the Principle Of Supercritical Microemulsion Expansion (POSME) (DE Pat., 102 60 815 B4, 2008), which is a promising new approach for the production of low-cost nanocellular foams. In contrast to conventional foaming procedures, this approach suggests the formation of nanofoams by expanding micelles swollen with a supercritical blowing agent, thereby ensuring the unhindered formation and growth of bubbles without mass transport.

  7. Microparticles with bimodal nanoporosity derived by microemulsion templating.

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    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

  8. Microparticles with bimodal nanoporosity derived by microemulsion templating.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

  14. Linear viscoelasticity of a polystyrene-polyisoprene bicontinuous microemulsion

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    Brinker, Kristin; Burghardt, Wesley

    2004-03-01

    Polymer bicontinuous microemulsions are disordered phases in which two immiscible homopolymers are emulsified by a diblock copolymer which stabilizes the interface between A-rich and B-rich domains. Many examples have been found in symmetric ternary A, B, A-B blends, in which the microemulsion phase is found between regimes of an ordered lamellar phase at high copolymer concentration and macroscopic 2- or 3-phase coexistence at low copolymer concentration. The convoluted, interpenetrating morphology of these phases and high specific interfacial area leads to complex viscoelastic behavior, even when the constituent homopolymers are essentially Newtonian. To date, only one such system (based on polyethylethylene-PDMS) has been subjected to extensive rheological investigation. Many of the interesting qualitative and quantitiative phenomena in this system were attributed to large viscosity mismatch between the homopolymers due to their difference in glass transition temperature. Here we consider a microemulsion system based on polystyrene and polyisoprene. This system should similarly exhibit large viscosity contrast, and thus serves as a model to investigate the universality of the phenomena previously documented. Rheology, optical microscopy and x-ray scattering have been used to map out the phase behavior in this system. Here we will report on linear viscoelastic data collected as a function of temperature in the microemulsion regime.

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

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

    2014-08-28

    We investigate the structure and shell dynamics of the droplet phase in water/AOT/octane microemulsions with polyethyleneglycol (M{sub W} = 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.

  16. Joint AOT-Single Scattering Albedo Retrieval in Algorithm MAIAC

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    Lyapustin, A.

    2015-12-01

    Multi-Angle Implementation of Atmospheric Correction (MAIAC) is a new algorithm which uses time series analysis and processing of groups of pixels for advanced cloud detection and retrieval of aerosol and surface bidirectional reflectance properties. MAIAC C6+ re-processing of MODIS data record, scheduled to begin in November 2015, will create a suite of products MCD19. Due to high 1km resolution, MAIAC provides information about fine scale aerosol variability required in different applications such as urban air quality analysis. During the past year, we developed a new MAIAC capability to retrieve Single Scattering Albedo (SSA) from MODIS by adapting OMI heritage approach of O. Torres. We will describe MAIAC retrieval approach, AERONET AOT and SSA validation for different world biomass burning regions, and will compare MAIAC results with other sensors.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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

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    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

  3. Emerging role of microemulsions in cosmetics.

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    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

  4. Emerging role of microemulsions in cosmetics.

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    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.

  5. Microemulsion: New Insights into the Ocular Drug Delivery

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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. Toward surfactant-free and water-free microemulsions.

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    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

  9. Propofol solubilization and structural transformations in dilutable microemulsion.

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    Perlstein, My; Aserin, Abraham; Wachtel, Ellen J; Garti, Nissim

    2015-12-01

    Propofol (2,6-diisopropylphenol) is a drug for both induction and maintenance of anesthesia. Pure propofol cannot be injected because of its lipophilic character, low water-solubility, and low bioavailability. Presently, propofol is formulated in an unstable emulsion, easily oxidized, and easily contaminated with bacteria. We are proposing new, propofol-loaded modified microemulsions, stable thermodynamically, and microbiologically safe; the microemulsions are fully dilutable with water. Structural characterization of the empty and the propofol-loaded systems as a function of water dilution was accomplished using advanced analytical tools such as SD-NMR, SAXS, cryo-TEM, DSC, electrical conductivity, and viscosity. Upon water dilution the propofol-loaded concentrate forms swollen reverse micelles that upon further dilution (40 wt% water) progressively transform into a bicontinuous mesophase and then invert (>65 wt% water) into O/W nanodroplets without "losing" the solubilized propofol. The drug exhibits strong interactions with the surfactant (DSC and SD-NMR). Propofol increases the size of the microemulsion nanodroplets, but does not modify the microemulsion behavior. Water, ethanol, and PG are essential structural components, but do not interact directly with propofol.

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

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    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

  11. Theory of microemulsions in a gravitational field

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  17. Fabrication of size controllable YVO 4 nanoparticles via microemulsion-mediated synthetic process

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    Sun, Lingdong; Zhang, Yingxin; Zhang, Jun; Yan, Chunhua; Liao, Chunsheng; Lu, Yiqiang

    2002-09-01

    Narrow size distributed YVO 4 nanoparticles with controllable size were successfully fabricated by direct reaction of Na 3VO 4 and Y(NO 3) 3 in CTAB microemulsion systems. By the confinement of the microemulsion droplets, with manipulating the pH value of microemulsion media to 7, 8, 9, 10, the size of YVO 4 nanoparticles can be accurately controlled as 8.9, 11.1, 13.9 and 47.2 nm, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) were utilized to characterize the structure, size and shape of the nanoparticles, which indicated tetragonal phase YVO 4 nanoparticles displaying ellipsoidal or lozenge-like shape. As pH value is an important factor in our experiments and W value ( W=[H 2O]/[CTAB]) is the key parameter in the formation of microemulsion droplets, their influences on the YVO 4 nanoparticles formation were studied.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  4. Hamiltonian and phenomenological models of microemulsions

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    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.

  5. Carbon dioxide in ionic liquid microemulsions.

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  12. Effect of solvents on the pattern formation in a Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction embedded into a microemulsion

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

  15. 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.

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    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

  16. Effects of bile salts on percolation and size of AOT reversed micelles.

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    Yang, Hui; Erford, Karen; Kiserow, Douglas J; McGown, Linda B

    2003-06-15

    The effects of two trihydroxy bile salts, sodium taurocholate (NaTC) and 3-[(3-cholamidylpropyl)dimethylammonio]-1-propane sulfonate (CHAPS), on the size, shape and percolation temperature of reversed micelles formed by sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) in isooctane were studied. The percolation temperature of the reversed micelles decreased upon inclusion of bile salts, indicating increased water uptake. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements showed consistent enlargement of reversed micelles upon addition of the bile salts; the hydrodynamic radius increased sixfold in the presence of 10 mM CHAPS and doubled in the presence of 5 mM NaTC. Inclusion of the enzyme yeast alcohol dehydrogenase (YADH) increased the percolation temperature and distorted the spherical structure of the AOT reversed micelles. The spherical structure was restored upon addition of bile salt. These results may help to explain the increase in activity of YADH in AOT reversed micelles upon addition of bile salts.

  17. Optimization of minoxidil microemulsions using fractional factorial design approach.

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    Jaipakdee, Napaphak; Limpongsa, Ekapol; Pongjanyakul, Thaned

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this study was to apply fractional factorial and multi-response optimization designs using desirability function approach for developing topical microemulsions. Minoxidil (MX) was used as a model drug. Limonene was used as an oil phase. Based on solubility, Tween 20 and caprylocaproyl polyoxyl-8 glycerides were selected as surfactants, propylene glycol and ethanol were selected as co-solvent in aqueous phase. Experiments were performed according to a two-level fractional factorial design to evaluate the effects of independent variables: Tween 20 concentration in surfactant system (X1), surfactant concentration (X2), ethanol concentration in co-solvent system (X3), limonene concentration (X4) on MX solubility (Y1), permeation flux (Y2), lag time (Y3), deposition (Y4) of MX microemulsions. It was found that Y1 increased with increasing X3 and decreasing X2, X4; whereas Y2 increased with decreasing X1, X2 and increasing X3. While Y3 was not affected by these variables, Y4 increased with decreasing X1, X2. Three regression equations were obtained and calculated for predicted values of responses Y1, Y2 and Y4. The predicted values matched experimental values reasonably well with high determination coefficient. By using optimal desirability function, optimized microemulsion demonstrating the highest MX solubility, permeation flux and skin deposition was confirmed as low level of X1, X2 and X4 but high level of X3. PMID:25318551

  18. Unexpected increasing AOT trends over northwest Bay of Bengal in the early postmonsoon season

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    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.

  19. Preparation methods for monodispersed garlic oil microspheres in water using the microemulsion technique and their potential as antimicrobials.

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    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

  20. Preparation methods for monodispersed garlic oil microspheres in water using the microemulsion technique and their potential as antimicrobials.

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    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.

  1. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization in microemulsion.

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    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

  2. Microemulsion-based synthesis of nanocrystalline materials.

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    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

  3. Active curcumin nanoparticles formed from a volatile microemulsion template.

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    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

  4. Fluorinated microemulsions: A study of the phase behavior and structure

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    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.

  5. A step toward the development of high-temperature stable ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsions containing double-chain anionic surface active ionic liquid.

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    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

  6. Macroscopic Phase Separation, Modulated Phases, and Microemulsions: A Unified Picture of Rafts

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    Shlomovitz, Roie; Maibaum, Lutz; Schick, M.

    2014-01-01

    We simulate a simple phenomenological model describing phase behavior in a multicomponent membrane, a model capable of producing macroscopic phase separation, modulated phases, and microemulsions, all of which have been discussed in terms of raft phenomena. We show that one effect of thermal fluctuations on the mean-field phase diagram is that it permits a direct transition between either one of the coexisting liquid phases to a microemulsion. This implies that one system exhibiting phase separation can be related to a similar system exhibiting the heterogeneities characteristic of a microemulsion. The two systems could differ in their average membrane composition or in the relative compositions of their exoplasmic and cytoplasmic leaves. The model provides a unified description of these raft-associated phenomena. PMID:24806930

  7. Structural properties induced by the composition of biocompatible phospholipid-based microemulsion and amphotericin B association.

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    Franzini, Cristina Maria; Pestana, Kelly Christina; Molina, Eduardo Ferreira; Scarpa, Maria Virginia; do Egito, Eryvaldo Sócrates Tabosa; de Oliveira, Anselmo Gomes

    2012-04-01

    Anionic microemulsions (MEs) containing soya phosphatidylcholine, Tween-20, sodium oleate as surfactant, and cholesterol as oil phase were investigated as drug carriers for amphotericin B. Depending on the composition of the microemulsion, various structures, which differently interact with amphotericin B, can be formed. The nanostructured systems were characterized by photon correlation spectroscopy, rheological behavior, and polarized light microscopy. The results reveal that the droplet diameters increased with amphotericin B incorporation for all ranges of surfactant and oil phase. For both amphotericin B-unloaded and amphotericin B-loaded microemulsions, the profile of the oil droplet diameter decreased with increasing the surfactant concentration, demonstrating the stabilizing effect of the surfactant. The increase in the oil phase proportions led to the growth of the droplet diameter, clearly demonstrating the limit of the surfactant organization in the oil-water interface. The amphotericim B incorporation into microemulsion increased with the fraction volume of the oil phase and the surfactant concentration reaching a plateau at high contents. This profile could be quantitatively analyzed by the framework of the pseudo-phase model that considers the amphotericim B distribution between the oil and the aqueous phases. The rheological analysis showed a pseudoplastic behavior with little thixotropic characteristic. Under polarized light, the system of interest showed a dark background characteristic of dispersed droplets. However, for both amphotericim B-loaded and amphotericim B unloaded microemulsions, the increase in the O/S ratio led to the formation of ordered structures with lamellar arrangements. PMID:22515088

  8. Co-surfactant free microemulsions: Preparation, characterization and stability evaluation for food application.

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    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

  9. Microemulsions for use as spaces in well cementation

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    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.

  10. One-step separation of β-galactosidase from β-lactoglobulin using water-in-oil microemulsions.

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    Mazı, Bekir G; Hamamcı, Haluk; Dungan, Stephanie R

    2012-05-01

    Solubilisation of β-galactosidase from Kluyveromyces lactis in Aerosol-OT water-in-isooctane microemulsions was measured as a function of buffer type and concentration, pH, and protein concentration. For buffer concentrations above ∼40mM, the enzyme was largely excluded from the droplets. Based on these results, a one-step separation was developed. A protein-containing aqueous feed was injected into an AOT/isooctane solution, with the feed volume slightly in excess of the predicted water solubility. Impurity proteins were entrapped inside the microemulsion droplets that then formed in the organic phase, while the high MW target protein was excluded and entered a newly formed, excess aqueous phase. The separation of β-galactosidase from the test protein β-lactoglobulin was most complete at 100mM KCl salt concentration, where the droplets were large enough to carry β-lactoglobulin but too small for β-galactosidase. At 100mM [KCl], 92% of the total enzyme activity was recovered in a concentrated and virtually pure form. PMID:26434297

  11. Monitoring of urban air pollution from MODIS and AERONET Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) data

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    Tijani, K.; Chiaradia, M.; Guerriero, L.; Pasquariello, G.; Morea, A.; Nutricato, R.; Preziosa, G.

    2012-12-01

    Air pollution, caused by fuel industries and urban traffic and its environmental impact, are of considerable interest to studies in air quality. In this paper, the monitoring of the air pollution over urban areas in Italy through Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) data retrieved from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) measurements is presented. The high spatio-temporal frequency of MODIS AOT products (twice per day at 470nm, 1km full resolution) demonstrates that this satellite can be potentially used to routinely monitor the air pollution over land, especially urban area, which is the main source of aerosol particles. In this work AOT data derived by MODIS from November 2010 to February 2011 (winter period) and from May 2011 to August 2011 (summer period) were compared with AOT measurements from 6 different Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) stations over Italy (Bari, Lecce, Roma, Ispra, Potenza, Etna). The statistical analysis shows a good agreement between the ground based AOT measurements and the values retrieved using space based sensors, as shown in Figure 1. For all the stations the mean error is negligible, with a correlation ranging from 0.725 (in the worst case) to 0.96 (see Table 1). Moreover, LANDSAT-panchromatic images were used to discriminate urban and rural areas, based on the typical finger-like projections of urban land uses. The results of this study will be presented and commented. Acknowledgements This work was funded by Apulian Region in the framework of the ECOURB project. (Analisi e Modelli di inquinamento atmosferico e termico per sistemi di ECOlabeling URBano, 2009-2012). Figure 1: Scatter plot between AOT derived from MODIS and AERONET for Lecce City in summer period from May 2011 to August 2011. Y = - 0.023+0.86x (fit) ; Table 1: Statistical Analysis Report on the difference between AOT derived from MODIS and AERONET from May 2011 to August 2011 (summer period) for 6 different Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) stations

  12. Coencapsulation of hydrophobic and hydrophilic antituberculosis drugs in synergistic Brij 96 microemulsions: a biophysical characterization.

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    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.

  13. Influence of surfactant amphiphilicity on the phase behavior of IL-based microemulsions.

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    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.

  14. Antibacterial microemulsion prevents sepsis and triggers healing of wound in wistar rats.

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    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

  15. Enhanced permeation, leaf retention, and plant protease inhibitor activity with bicontinuous microemulsions.

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    Tamhane, Vaijayanti A; Dhaware, Deepika G; Khandelwal, Neha; Giri, Ashok P; Panchagnula, Venkateswarlu

    2012-10-01

    Bicontinuous microemulsions (BCMEs) have excellent solubulizing properties along with low interfacial tension and aqueous content that can be controlled. In this work, water soluble plant protease inhibitor (PI), well characterized for its activity against insect pests, was incorporated into a BCME system and explored for permeation on hydrophobic leaf surfaces and protease inhibition activity. The bicontinuous nature of the microemulsion containing water:2-propanol:1-butanol (55:35:10 w/w) was characterized using conductivity and self-diffusion coefficient measurements. The PI was soluble in the water-rich bicontinuous domains, stable in the microemulsions, and protease inhibition activity was retained for a prolonged duration. The microemulsions ensured greater wettability and a wider spread of the PI on hydrophobic leaf surfaces as revealed by contact angle measurements. Significantly, trypsin inhibition activity assays of the PI recovered from the leaves after delivery from the microemulsion indicated a significant increase in the PI retention on the leaf. This BCME enabled greater leaf permeation and retention of the PI can be attributed to a temporary disruption of the waxy leaf surface followed by self-repair without causing any long term damage to the plant.

  16. Lignin supracolloids synthesized from (W/O) microemulsions: use in the interfacial stabilization of Pickering systems and organic carriers for silver metal.

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    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.

  17. Antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of clove bud essential oil and eugenol nanoparticles in alcohol-free microemulsion.

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    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

  18. The preparation of neem oil microemulsion (Azadirachta indica) and the comparison of acaricidal time between neem oil microemulsion and other formulations in vitro.

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    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

  19. 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.

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    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

  20. Improving oral bioavailability of metformin hydrochloride using water-in-oil microemulsions and analysis of phase behavior after dilution.

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    Li, Yuan; Song, Jiaqi; Tian, Ning; Cai, Jie; Huang, Meihong; Xing, Qiao; Wang, Yalong; Wu, Chuanbin; Hu, Haiyan

    2014-10-01

    Microemulsions show significant promise for enhancing the oral bioavailability of biopharmaceutics classification system (BCS) class II drugs, but how about class III drugs remains unclear. Here we employed metformin hydrochloride (MET) as the model drug and prepared drug-loaded water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions selecting different hydrophile-lipophile balance (HLB) surfactant systems, using HLB 8 as a cut-off. We examined the phase behaviors of microemulsions after dilution and attempted to correlate these behaviors to drug oral bioavailability. ME-A, including a lower content of surfactants (35%), underwent a transition of W/O emulsion and then became a stable O/W emulsion in a light milky appearance; ME-B, in contrast, introducing a higher content of surfactants (45%), still remained transparent or semitransparent upon dilution. Unexpectedly, ME-A showed significantly higher oral bioavailability, which can be reduced by blocking the lymphatic absorption pathway. Comparatively, the AUC of ME-B is lower, close to MET solution. Both microemulsions behaved similarly in intestinal perfusion test because of the dilution before perfusion, lacking of the important phase transition of W/O emulsion. These findings suggest that W/O microemulsions improve oral bioavailability of BCS class III drug by promoting lymphatic absorption. Analyzing the phase behavior of microemulsions after dilution may help predict the drug oral bioavailability and optimize formulations.

  1. Microemulsions of N-alkylimidazolium ionic liquid and their performance as microreactors for the photocycloaddition of 9-substituted anthracenes.

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    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

  2. Stability and activity of alcohol dehydrogenases in W/O-microemulsions: enantioselective reduction including cofactor regeneration.

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    Orlich, B; Berger, H; Lade, M; Schomäcker, R

    2000-12-20

    Microemulsions provide an interesting alternative to classical methods for the conversion of less water-soluble substrates by alcohol dehydrogenase, but until now stability and activity were too low for economically useful processes. The activity and stability of the enzymes are dependent on the microemulsion composition, mostly the water and the surfactant concentration. Therefore, it is necessary to know the exact phase behavior of a given microemulsion reaction system and the corresponding enzyme behavior therein. Because of their economic and ecologic suitability polyethoxylated fatty alcohols were investigated concerning their phase behavior and their compatibility with enzymes in ternary mixtures. The phase behavior of Marlipal O13-60 (C13EO6 in industrial quality)/cyclohexane/water and its effect on the activity and stability of alcohol dehydrogenase from Yeast (YADH) and horse liver (HLADH) and the carbonyl reductase from Candida parapsilosis (CPCR) is presented in this study. Beside the macroscopic phase behavior of the reaction system, the viscosity of the system indicates structural changes of aggregates in the microemulsion. The changes of the enzyme activities with the composition are discussed on the basis of transitions from reverse micelles to swollen reverse micelles and finally, the transition to the phase separation. The formate dehydrogenase from Candida boidinii was used for the NADH-regeneration during reduction reactions. While the formate dehydrogenase did not show any kinetic effect on the microemulsion composition, the other enzymes show significant changes of activity and stability varying the water or surfactant concentration of the microemulsion. Under certain conditions, stability could be maintained with HLADH for several weeks. Successful experiments with semi-batch processes including cofactor regeneration and product separation were performed.

  3. Microstructural study and size control of iron oxide nanoparticles produced by microemulsion technique

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    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.

  4. Micelle, microemulsions, and gels for the conservation of cultural heritage.

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    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

  5. Micelle, microemulsions, and gels for the conservation of cultural heritage.

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    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.

  6. Nanodroplet cluster formation in ionic liquid microemulsions.

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    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

  7. [An Improved DDV Method to Retrieve AOT for HJ CCD Image in Typical Mountainous Areas].

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    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

  8. [An Improved DDV Method to Retrieve AOT for HJ CCD Image in Typical Mountainous Areas].

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    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

  9. Silver nanoparticles in hydrogels and microemulsions—a comparative account of their properties and bio-activity

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    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.

  10. Formation of hollow silica nanospheres by reverse microemulsion

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    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

  11. Autoregressive spatially varying coefficients model for predicting daily PM2.5 using VIIRS satellite AOT

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    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.

  12. Relationship between Column AOT and Surface PM2.5 over the U.S.

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    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.

  13. Microemulsion versus emulsion as effective carrier of hydroxytyrosol.

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    Chatzidaki, Maria D; Arik, Nehir; Monteil, Julien; Papadimitriou, Vassiliki; Leal-Calderon, Fernando; Xenakis, Aristotelis

    2016-01-01

    Two edible Water-in-Oil (W/O) dispersions, an emulsion that remains kinetically stable and a microemulsion which is spontaneously formed, transparent and thermodynamically stable, were developed for potential use as functional foods, due to their ability to be considered as matrices to encapsulate biologically active hydrophilic molecules. Both systems contained Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) as the continuous phase and were used as carriers of Hydroxytyrosol (HT), a hydrophilic antioxidant of olive oil. A low energy input fabrication process of the emulsion was implemented. The obtained emulsion contained 1.3% (w/w) of surfactants and 5% (w/w) aqueous phase. The spontaneously formed microemulsion contained 4.9% (w/w) of surfactants and 2% (w/w) aqueous phase. A comparative study in terms of structural characterization of the systems in the absence and presence of HT was carried out. Particle size distribution obtained by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) technique and interfacial properties of the surfactants' layer, examined by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopy indicated the involvement of HT in the surfactant membrane. Finally, the proposed systems were studied for the scavenging activity of the encapsulated antioxidant toward galvinoxyl stable free radical showing a high scavenging activity of HT in both systems. PMID:25999235

  14. Gadolinium-loaded nanoparticles engineered from microemulsion templates.

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    Oyewumi, Moses O; Mumper, Russell J

    2002-03-01

    Microemulsions (oil-in-water) have been used as templates to engineer stable emulsifying wax and Brij 72 (polyoxyl 2 stearyl ether) nanoparticles. The technique is simple, reproducible, and amenable to large-scale production of stable nanoparticles having diameters below 100 nm. Investigation of the process variables showed that the amount of surfactant used in the preparation of microemulsion templates had the greatest influence on the microemulsion window, as well as the properties and stability of the cured nanoparticles. Emulsifying wax and Brij 72 nanoparticles (2 mg/mL) made with 3 mM polyoxyl 20 stearyl ether and 2.3mM polysorbate 80, respectively, were the most stable based on retention of nanoparticle size over time. Gadolinium acetylacetonate (GdAcAc), a potential anticancer agent for neutron capture therapy (NCT), was entrapped in stable nanoparticles. The apparent water solubility of GdAcAc was increased more than 2000-fold by entrapment into nanoparticles. The entrapment efficiency of GdAcAc was about 100% for emulsifying wax nanoparticles and 86% for Brij 72 nanoparticles, as determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Elution profiles were obtained with light scattering (counts per second) to detect nanoparticles and ultraviolet (UV) absorption of GdAcAc at 288 nm. Challenges of these cured nanoparticles in biologically relevant media such as 10% fetal bovine serum, 10 mM phosphate-buffered saline, 150 mM NaCl, and 10% lactose at 37 degrees C for 60 min demonstrated that these nanoparticles are stable. The ease of preparation of these very small and stable nanoparticles, and the ability to entrap lipophilic drugs such as GdAcAc with high efficiency, suggested that these systems may have potential in cell targeting, especially for specific delivery to tumor cells for NCT. PMID:12026224

  15. Gadolinium-loaded nanoparticles engineered from microemulsion templates.

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    Oyewumi, Moses O; Mumper, Russell J

    2002-03-01

    Microemulsions (oil-in-water) have been used as templates to engineer stable emulsifying wax and Brij 72 (polyoxyl 2 stearyl ether) nanoparticles. The technique is simple, reproducible, and amenable to large-scale production of stable nanoparticles having diameters below 100 nm. Investigation of the process variables showed that the amount of surfactant used in the preparation of microemulsion templates had the greatest influence on the microemulsion window, as well as the properties and stability of the cured nanoparticles. Emulsifying wax and Brij 72 nanoparticles (2 mg/mL) made with 3 mM polyoxyl 20 stearyl ether and 2.3mM polysorbate 80, respectively, were the most stable based on retention of nanoparticle size over time. Gadolinium acetylacetonate (GdAcAc), a potential anticancer agent for neutron capture therapy (NCT), was entrapped in stable nanoparticles. The apparent water solubility of GdAcAc was increased more than 2000-fold by entrapment into nanoparticles. The entrapment efficiency of GdAcAc was about 100% for emulsifying wax nanoparticles and 86% for Brij 72 nanoparticles, as determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Elution profiles were obtained with light scattering (counts per second) to detect nanoparticles and ultraviolet (UV) absorption of GdAcAc at 288 nm. Challenges of these cured nanoparticles in biologically relevant media such as 10% fetal bovine serum, 10 mM phosphate-buffered saline, 150 mM NaCl, and 10% lactose at 37 degrees C for 60 min demonstrated that these nanoparticles are stable. The ease of preparation of these very small and stable nanoparticles, and the ability to entrap lipophilic drugs such as GdAcAc with high efficiency, suggested that these systems may have potential in cell targeting, especially for specific delivery to tumor cells for NCT.

  16. Preparation of nanoparticles in reverse microemulsions

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    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.

  17. Ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsions.

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    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

  18. Biocatalytic synthesis of flavor ester "pentyl valerate" using Candida rugosa lipase immobilized in microemulsion based organogels: effect of parameters and reusability.

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    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.

  19. Electron beam induced and microemulsion templated synthesis of CdSe quantum dots: tunable broadband emission and charge carrier recombination dynamics

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    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

  20. Phase behavior and microstructure of microemulsions with a room-temperature ionic liquid as the polar phase.

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    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

  1. Influence of high intensity sweeteners and sugar alcohols on a beverage microemulsion.

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    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

  2. Transparent nematic phase in a liquid-crystal-based microemulsion.

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    Yamamoto, J; Tanaka, H

    2001-01-18

    Complex fluids are usually produced by mixing together several distinct components, the interactions between which can give rise to unusual optical and rheological properties of the system as a whole. For example, the properties of microemulsions (composed of water, oil and surfactants) are determined by the microscopic structural organization of the fluid that occurs owing to phase separation of the component elements. Here we investigate the effect of introducing an additional organizing factor into such a fluid system, by replacing the oil component of a conventional water-in-oil microemulsion with an intrinsically anisotropic fluid--a nematic liquid crystal. As with the conventional case, the fluid phase-separates into an emulsion of water microdroplets (stabilized by the surfactant as inverse micelles) dispersed in the 'oil' phase. But the properties are further influenced by a significant directional coupling between the liquid-crystal molecules and the surfactant tails that emerge (essentially radially) from the micelles. The result is a modified bulk-liquid crystal that is an ordered nematic at the mesoscopic level, but which does not exhibit the strong light scattering generally associated with bulk nematic order: the bulk material here is essentially isotropic and thus transparent.

  3. Improved oil solubilization in oil/water food grade microemulsions in the presence of polyols and ethanol.

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    Garti, N; Yaghmur, A; Leser, M E; Clement, V; Watzke, H J

    2001-05-01

    Microemulsions based on five-component mixtures for food applications and improved oil solubilization have been studied. The compositions included water, oil phase [such as R(+)-limonene and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT)], short-chain alcohols (such as ethanol), polyols (propylene glycol and glycerol), and several surfactants and their corresponding mixtures (nonionic, such as ethoxylated sorbitan esters, polyglycerol esters, sugar ester, and anionic, such as phosphatidylcholine). The phase behavior of these systems is discussed with respect to the influence of polyols and short-chain alcohols on the degree of solubilization of oils in the aqueous phase. The alcohol and polyols modify the interfacial spontaneous curvature and the flexibility of the surfactant film, enhancing the oil solubilization capacity of the microemulsions. The solubilization of R(+)-limonene was dramatically improved in the presence of the alcohol and polyols, whereas the improvement of solubilization for triglycerides containing MCT was less pronounced. In some systems high oil solubilization was achieved, and some of them can be easily diluted to infinity both with the aqueous phase and with the oil phase. Viscosity measurements along selected dilution lines [characterized by a single continuous microemulsion region starting from a pseudo binary solution (surfactant/oil phase) to the microemulsion (water/polyol corner)] indicate that at a certain composition the system inverts from a W/O to an O/W microemulsion.

  4. In-vitro and in-vivo comparison of T-OA microemulsions and solid dispersions based on EPDC.

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    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

  5. Docetaxel microemulsion for enhanced oral bioavailability: preparation and in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    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

  6. Utilization of Microemulsions from Rhinacanthus nasutus (L.) Kurz to Improve Carotenoid Bioavailability.

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    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. Simulated formation and flow of microemulsions during surfactant flushing of contaminated soil.

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    Ouyan, Ying; Cho, Jong Soo; Mansell, Robert S

    2002-01-01

    Contamination of groundwater resources by non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) has become an issue of increasing environmental concern. This study investigated the formation and flow of microemulsions during surfactant flushing of NAPL-contaminated soil using the finite difference model UTCHEM, which was verified with our laboratory experimental data. Simulation results showed that surfactant flushing of NAPLs (i.e., trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene) from the contaminated soils was an emulsion-driven process. Formation of NAPL-in-water microemulsions facilitated the removal of NAPLs from contaminated soils. Changes in soil saturation pressure were used to monitor the mobilization and entrapment of NAPLs during surface flushing process. In general, more NAPLs were clogged in soil pores when the soil saturation pressure increased. Effects of aquifer salinity on the formation and flow of NAPL-in-water microemulsions were significant. This study suggests that the formation and flow of NAPL-in-water microemulsions through aquifer systems are complex physical-chemical phenomena that are critical to effective surfactant flushing of contaminated soils.

  8. The development of Cutina lipogels and gel microemulsion for topical administration of fluconazole.

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    El Laithy, H M; El-Shaboury, K M F

    2002-01-01

    The influence of the vehicle on the release and permeation of fluconazole, a topical antifungal drug dissolved in Jojoba oil was evaluated. Series of Cutina lipogels (Cutina CPA [cetyl palmitate], CBS [mixture of glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, and cocoglycerides], MD [glyceryl stearate], and GMS [glyceryl monostearate]) in different concentrations as well as gel microemulsion were prepared. In-vitro drug release in Sorensen's citrate buffer (pH 5.5) and permeation through the excised skin of hairless mice, using a modified Franz diffusion cell, were performed. The rheological behavior and the apparent viscosity values for different gel bases were measured before and after storage under freezing conditions at -4 degrees C and were taken as measures for stability of network structure. Candida albicans was used as a model fungus to evaluate the antifungal activity of the best formula achieved. The results of in vitro drug release and its percutaneous absorption showed that the highest values from gel microemulsion were assured. The rheological behavior of the prepared systems showed pseudoplastic (shear-thinning) flow indicating structural breakdown of the existing intermolecular interactions between polymeric chains. Moreover, the stability study revealed no significant difference between viscosity before and after storage for different formulae except for CPA Cutina lipogel (using analysis of variance [ANOVA] test at level of significance.05). The antifungal activity of fluconazole showed the widest zone of inhibition with gel microemulsion. The gel microemulsion is an excellent vehicle for fluconazole topical drug delivery.

  9. Development of cyclosporine A microemulsion for parenteral delivery.

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    Yuan, Yue; Che, Xin; Zhao, Mingyi; Wang, Yan; Liu, Yajun; Schwendeman, Anna; Li, Sanming

    2015-01-01

    The goal of this study was to develop a parenteral microemulsion formulation of cyclosporine A (CyA). The CyA solubility in caprylic capric triglyceride (GTCC), ethyl oleate and soybean oil were determined. The pseudo-ternary diagrams of oil (GTCC), surfactant (Solutol® HS-15), cosurfactants (ethanol/polyethylene glycol 400 [PEG 400] mixture) and water were constructed to identify boundaries for microemulsion existence. The CyA was added at 3, 6 and 9% w/w to the optimal microemulsion composition. Microemulsion particle size, solution viscosity and conductivity were examined. The microemulsion stability and haemolytic potential were examined after dilution in 5% dextrose solution for injection to 1 mg/mL CyA. Microemulsion stability was examined after a three-month storage at 4 and 25 °C. The GTCC was selected as an oil phase for CyA microemulsion based on solubility results. The optimum CyA microemulsion formulation consisted of 2.5% CyA, 9% GTCC, 24% Solutol® HS 15, 8% PEG 400, 4% ethanol and 52.5% water based on weight percent. The average particle sizes of the optimized blank and drug-loaded microemulsions were 68.7 nm and 71.6 nm, respectively and remained unchanged upon 25-fold dextrose dilution. The results of microemulsion physical and CyA chemical were confirmed by a three-month stability study at 4 and 25 °C. In vitro haemolysis studies indicated that CyA microemulsions were well tolerated by erythrocytes. The novel microemulsion formulation of CyA was developed that is suitable for parenteral administration. This new formulation could potentially have less vehicle-associated side effects that current commercial formulation of CyA based on Cremophor® EL and ethanol solution. PMID:25761521

  10. Antifungal activity of topical microemulsion containing a thiophene derivative

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    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

  11. Environmentally friendly ionic liquid-in-water microemulsions for extraction of hydrophilic and lipophilic components from Flos Chrysanthemi.

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    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

  12. Propylammonium nitrate as a solvent for amphiphile self-assembly into micelles, lyotropic liquid crystals, and microemulsions.

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    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

  13. A synthesis of AOT40-based response functions and critical levels of ozone for agricultural and horticultural crops

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    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.

  14. Preparation, characterization and relative bioavailability of oral elemene o/w microemulsion

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    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. a Novel Transition from Liquid Microemulsions to Organogels, and Applications of such Microstructured Media to Materials Synthesis

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    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

  16. Effect of microemulsions on transdermal delivery of citalopram: optimization studies using mixture design and response surface methodology

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    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

  17. Water-dilutable microemulsions for transepithelial ocular delivery of riboflavin phosphate.

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    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. Controlled release of methotrexate from w/o microemulsion and its in vitro antitumor activity.

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    Karasulu, H Yesim; Karabulut, Bülent; Göker, Erdem; Güneri, Tamer; Gabor, Franz

    2007-04-01

    The objective of this study was to prepare the microemulsion of methotrexate (M-MTX) for oral use and to investigate the suppressive effect of MTX-loaded microemulsion on MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. At the same time this effect of M-MTX was compared with those of a solution of the drug (Sol-MTX). Microemulsion was composed of soybean oil as oil phase, a mixture of Cremophore EL and Span 80 as surfactants, and isopropyl alcohol as co-surfactant, and 0.2 N NaOH as the aqueous phase. MTX was added into microemulsion at the last stage. We clearly demonstrated that M-MTX had a significant cytotoxic effect on breast cancer cell lines and the cytotoxic effect of M-MTX was significantly more than that of solutions (p < 0.05) and IC(50) value for M-MTX was 40 ng/mL. We also examined M-MTX and Sol-MTX on a model biological environmental model. For this purpose a gastrointestinal cell culture model, the Caco-2 cell line, was used to investigate the cytotoxic effects of the polymeric carrier and its effect on the cell monolayer integrity. The differences between the viability of cells for M-MTX and Sol-MTX were significantly different when applied to ANOVA according to 2 x 8 factorial randomized design (p:0.016; for alpha: 0.05, power : 0.695). According to the in vitro cytotoxicity studies, we concluded that when MTX was incorporated into the microemulsion (M-MTX), which is a new drug carrier system, it suppresses tumour cell growth on multiple tumor lines. These results indicate that M-MTX may exert a low cytotoxic effect on normal cells and may be effective as an antitumor agent that induces apoptosis.

  19. Oil-in-water microemulsions based on cationic surfactants with a hydroxyalkyl fragment in the head group

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    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.

  20. Seasonal differences in aerosol water may reconcile AOT and surface mass measurements in the Southeast U.S.

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    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

  1. Coexistence, Interfacial Energy, and the Fate of Microemulsions of 2D Dipolar Bosons

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    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.

  2. Preparation and optimization of voriconazole microemulsion for ocular delivery.

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    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

  3. Enhancement of transdermal delivery of ibuprofen using microemulsion vehicle

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    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

  4. Preparation and characterization of β-elemene-loaded microemulsion.

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    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

  5. Shear flow behavior of a dynamically symmetric polymeric bicontinuous microemulsion

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    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

  6. Phase diagrams of microemulsions containing reducing agents and metal salts as bases for the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles.

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    Najjar, Reza; Stubenrauch, Cosima

    2009-03-01

    We studied the phase diagrams of microemulsions with a view to using these systems for the synthesis of metallic Pt, Pb, and Bi nanoparticles as well as of intermetallic Pt/Pb and Pt/Bi nanoparticles. The microemulsions consisted of H(2)O/salt-n-decane-SDS-1-butanol. The salt was either one metal precursor (H(2)PtCl(6) x 6 H(2)O, Pb(NO(3))(2), or Bi(NO(3))(3) x 5 H(2)O), a mixture of two metal precursors (H(2)PtCl(6) x 6 H(2)O + Pb(NO(3))(2) or H(2)PtCl(6) x 6 H(2)O + Bi(NO(3))(3) x 5 H(2)O), or the reducing agent (NaBH(4)). In addition, other salts needed to be added in order to solubilize the metal precursors, to stabilize the reducing agent, and to adjust the ionic strength. Combining the microemulsion (mu e1) that contains the metal precursor(s) with the microemulsion (mu e2) that contains the reducing agent leads to metallic nanoparticles. To study systematically how the shape and size of the synthesized metallic nanoparticles depend on the size and shape of the respective microemulsion droplets, first of all one has to find those conditions under which mu e1 and mu e2 have the same structure. For that purpose we determined the water emulsification failure boundary (wefb) of each microemulsion as it is at the wefb where the water droplets are known to be spherical. We found that the ionic strength (I) of the aqueous phase as well as the hard acid and hard base properties of the ions are the key tuning parameters for the location of the wefb.

  7. Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy study: preparation of vesicular dispersions by quenching microemulsions.

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    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.

  8. Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy study: preparation of vesicular dispersions by quenching microemulsions.

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    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

  9. Coexistence, Interfacial Energy and the Fate of Microemulsions of 2D Dipolar Bosons

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    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)

  10. Self-Diffusion in Polymerized Microemulsions Using Pulsed-Gradient NMR

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    Chandran, S.; von Meerwall, E.; Fletcher, K.; Slivka, J.; Kuminski, J.; Lopina, S.; Cheung, M.

    2002-03-01

    Polymerized microemulsions have shown promise for use as diffusion-based controlled drug delivery systems. In pursuit of this end, robust structures were synthesized by polymerizing precursor microemulsions composed of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), methyl methacrylate (MMA), ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA), water, and surfactant. Self-diffusion of the mobile fractions in these systems was measured via proton pulsed-gradient NMR at 50.5 deg. C. Two series of systems were synthesized based on precursor microemulsions spanning nearly the full macroscopically single-phase concentration (c) domain, using either SDS, a non-polymerizable surfactant, or TREM LF-40, a polymerizable one. In all cases two distinct diffusion coefficients D were observed, differing by two orders of magnitude, corresponding to free water and (unreacted) free surfactant. Comparison of the values and c-dependences of D, mainly of the surfactants, reveals morphological differences among these systems. Together with data from other experiments this information is useful in tailoring such structures for their intended use in controlled drug delivery.

  11. Microemulsions from vegetable oil and aqueous alcohol with trialkylamine surfactant as alternative fuel for diesel engines

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    Schwab, A.W.; Pryde, E.H.

    1984-05-29

    Hybrid fuel microemulsions are prepared from vegetable oil, a C/sub 1/-C/sub 3/ alcohol, water, and a surfactant comprising a lower trialkylamine. For enhanced water tolerance by the fuel, the amine is reacted with a longchain fatty acid for conversion to the corresponding trialkylammonium soap. Optionally, 1-butanol is incorporated into the system as a cosurfactant for the purpose of lowering both the viscosity and the solidification temperature.

  12. Microemulsion characterization by the use of a noninvasive backscatter fiber optic probe

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    Ansari, Rafat R.; Dhadwal, Harbans S.; Cheung, H. M.; Meyer, William V.

    1993-07-01

    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.

  13. Antifungal activity of topical microemulsion containing a thiophene derivative.

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    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

  14. Solubilization of Tea Seed Oil in a Food-Grade Water-Dilutable Microemulsion

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    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

  15. Effect of Temperature on the Phase Behavior of Ionic-Nonionic Microemulsions

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    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

  16. Optimization of process parameters for ruthenium nanoparticles synthesis by (w/o) reverse microemulsion

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    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.

  17. Synthesis of NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles in normal microemulsions.

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    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

  18. Slow relaxation mode in concentrated oil-in-water microemulsions consisting of repulsive droplets

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    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.

  19. Synthesis of NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ upconversion nanoparticles in normal microemulsions

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    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.

  20. Design, Development and Characterization of Topical Microemulsions of 5-Fluorouracil for the Treatment of Non Melanoma Skin Cancer and its Precursor Lesions.

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    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

  1. Effect of microemulsions on cell viability of human dermal fibroblasts

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    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.

  2. Styrene polymerization in three-component cationic microemulsions

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    Perez-Luna, V.H.; Puig, J.E. ); Castano, V.M. ); Rodriguez, B.E.; Murthy, A.K.; Kaler, E.W. )

    1990-06-01

    The polymerization of styrene in three-component dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) microemulsions is reported. The structure of the unpolymerized microemulsions, determined by conductimetry and quasielastic light scattering (QLS), is consistent with styrene-swollen micelles in equilibrium with regular micelles, both dispersed in an aqueous phase. Polymerization of these transparent microemulsions, monitored by QLS an dilatometry, produced stable, bluish monodisperse microlatices with particle radii ranging from 20 to 30 nm, depending on styrene content. Polymerization initiation appears to occur in the styrene-swollen micelles, and the polymer particles grow by recruiting monomer and surfactant from uninitiated droplets and small micelles.

  3. Microemulsion formulation of Carbendazim and its in vitro antifungal activities evaluation.

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    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.

  4. Microemulsion Formulation of Carbendazim and Its In Vitro Antifungal Activities Evaluation

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    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

  5. An amine-oxide surfactant-based microemulsion for the cleaning of works of art.

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    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.

  6. An amine-oxide surfactant-based microemulsion for the cleaning of works of art.

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    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

  7. Effect of salt on the structure of middle phase microemulsions using the spin-label technique

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    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.

  8. Use of microemulsions as vehicles for nucleophilic reagents in cosmetic formulations.

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    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.

  9. Synthesis of metal colloids in inverse microemulsions

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    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

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    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. Evaluation of the separation mechanism of electrokinetic chromatography with a microemulsion and cyclodextrins using NMR and molecular modeling.

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    Melani, Fabrizio; Giannini, Iacopo; Pasquini, Benedetta; Orlandini, Serena; Pinzauti, Sergio; Furlanetto, Sandra

    2011-11-01

    Electrokinetic chromatography (EKC) allows the separation of closely related substances by the detection of fine effects in analyte-separation system interactions. With the goal of understanding the fine effects involved in separation using a dual cyclodextrin-microemulsion EKC system, an integrated study of NMR and molecular modeling was carried out. The above dual cyclodextrin-microemulsion system was previously used in the separation of clemastine and its related substances and was prepared by the addition of methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) and heptakis(2,6-di-O-methyl)-β-cyclodextrin (DMβCD) to an oil-in-water microemulsion. The use of DMβCD was shown to be essential in the separation of clemastine from one of its related substance (I(B) ). A molecular modeling study allowed the different affinities of clemastine and I(B) for the two cyclodextrins to be explained. Furthermore, rotating-frame Overhauser effect spectroscopy NMR experiments clearly indicated that besides the primary pseudostationary phase, namely the ionic microemulsion, cyclodextrins acted as a secondary pseudostationary phase. In addition, it was shown that inclusion complexation of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) monomers into the cyclodextrins cavity occurs; differently, the oil (n-heptane) used in the preparation of microemulsion system resulted to be not included into the macrocycle cavity. These experimental results were supported by molecular modeling, which highlighted the preferential inclusion of SDS into DMβCD. On the basis of these results, it was confirmed that, besides its primary role as the ionic carrier in EKC, SDS is involved in inclusion equilibria toward CDs, which can be effective in increasing the system selectivity.

  12. Core-shell nano-architectures: the incorporation mechanism of hydrophobic nanoparticles into the aqueous core of a microemulsion.

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    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. Preparation, characterization, and stability studies of piroxicam-loaded microemulsions in topical formulations.

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    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

  14. Utilization of Microemulsions from Rhinacanthus nasutus (L.) Kurz to Improve Carotenoid Bioavailability

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    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

  15. Interfaces between phases in a lattice model of microemulsions

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    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.

  16. Dielectric analysis of micelles and microemulsions formed in a hydrophilic ionic liquid. I. Interaction and percolation.

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    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

  17. In Vitro Intestinal Permeability Studies and Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of Famotidine Microemulsion for Oral Delivery

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    Jha, Sajal Kumar; Karki, Roopa; Puttegowda, Venkatesh Dinnekere; Harinarayana, D.

    2014-01-01

    The absolute bioavailability of famotidine after oral administration is about 40–45% and absorbance only in the initial part of small intestine may be due to low intestinal permeability. Hence, an olive oil based microemulsion formulation with Tween-80 as surfactant and PEG-400 as cosurfactant was developed by using water titration method with the aim of enhancing the intestinal permeability as well as oral bioavailability. In vitro drug permeation in intestine after 8 h for all formulations varied from 30.42% to 78.39% and most of the formulations showed enhanced permeation compared to pure drug (48.92%). Famotidine microemulsion exhibited the higher absorption and Cmax⁡ achieved from the optimized famotidine formulation (456.20 ng·h/ml) was higher than the standard (126.80 ng·h/mL). It was found that AUC0–24 h obtained from the optimized famotidine test formulation (3023.5 ng·h/mL) was significantly higher than the standard famotidine (1663.3 ng·h/mL). F-1 demonstrated a longer (6 h) Tmax⁡ compared with standard drug (2 h) and sustained the release of drug over 24 h. The bioavailability of F-1 formulation was about 1.8-fold higher than that of standard drug. This enhanced bioavailability of famotidine loaded in microemulsion system might be due to increased intestinal permeability. PMID:27379272

  18. The design of propolis flavone microemulsion and its effect on enhancing the immunity and antioxidant activity in mice.

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    Fan, Yunpeng; Ma, Lin; Zhang, Weimin; Wang, Junmin; Chen, Ying; Gao, Yuanyuan; Feng, Wei; Zhong, Liuqing; Song, Xiaoping

    2014-04-01

    The objective of the present study was to formulate a microemulsion system for improving the activity of propolis flavone (PF). Pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were constructed to evaluate the existence area of PF microemulsion (PFM). The formulation was characterized by particle size, zeta potential, morphology and stability. The results showed that the optimal PFM formulation consists of 5.3% ethyl acetate, 14% RH-40, 7% ethanol and 73.7% water (w/w), with a solubility of PF up to 3.0 mg mL(-1). The immune-enhancing and antioxidant activity of PFM in vitro and in vivo were performed. The results showed that PFM could significantly promote the splenocyte proliferation and the secretion of IL-2 and IFN-γ in vitro. In vivo, PFM at high and medium doses was able to significantly increase the thymus and spleen indices, enhance splenocyte activity and improve the contents of IgG and IgM in serum, it could also improve the antioxidant activity, significantly increase the levels of superoxidase dismutase and glutathione peroxidase, and decrease the malondialdehyde levels compared with PF. These results indicated that microemulsion could be used as an effective formulation for enhancing the activity of PF. Therefore, microemulsion would be expected to exploit into a new-type preparation of PF.

  19. Comparing micellar electrokinetic chromatography and microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography for the analysis of preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

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    Huang, Hsi-Ya; Lai, Yu-Cheng; Chiu, Chen-Wen; Yeh, Jui-Ming

    2003-04-18

    In this study, separation and determination of nine preservatives ranging from hydrophilic to hydrophobic properties, which are commonly used as additives in various pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, by micellar electrokinetic chromatograpy (MEKC) and microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) were compared. The effect of temperature, buffer pH, and concentration of surfactant on separation were examined. In MEKC, the separation resolution of preservatives improved markedly by changing the sodium dodecyl sulfate concentration. Temperature and pH of running buffers were used mainly to shorten the magnitude of separation time. However, in order to detect all preservatives in a single run in a MEEKC system, a microemulsion of higher pH was needed. The separation resolution was improved dramatically by changing temperature, and a higher concentration of SDS was necessary for maintaining a stable microemulsion solution, therefore the separation of the nine preservatives in MEEKC took longer than in MEKC. An optimum MEKC method for separation of the nine preservatives was obtained within 9.0 min with a running buffer of pH 9.0 containing 20 mM SDS at 25 degrees C. A separation with baseline resolution was also obtained within 16 min using a microemulsion of pH 9.5 which composed of SDS, 1-butanol, and octane, and a shorter capillary column at 34 degrees C. Finally, the developed MEKC and MEEKC methods determined successfully preservatives in various cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.

  20. Formation, characterization and enzyme activity in water-in-hydrophobic ionic liquid microemulsion stabilized by mixed cationic/nonionic surfactants.

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    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.

  1. Formation, characterization and enzyme activity in water-in-hydrophobic ionic liquid microemulsion stabilized by mixed cationic/nonionic surfactants.

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    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

  2. A novel dispersion method comprising a nucleating agent solubilized in a microemulsion, in polymeric matrix II. Microemulsion characterization.

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    Libster, D; Aserin, A; Garti, N

    2006-10-01

    This second part of our paper focuses on structural characterization of the microemulsion for increasing the crystallization rate of polypropylene (PP) through the entrapment of nucleating agent (nucleator) HPN-68, serving as a transport vehicle. Our concept is based on creating an advantage in dispersion capability of the nucleator that is dissolved in a nanoreactor vehicle, compared with its conventional loading as a crystalline powder. The advantage was achieved by solubilizing the HPN-68 in a microemulsion to decrease its size from micro- to nanoscale. The microemulsions were introduced to the target PP using a mixer. By the end of the mixing, when the water phase had evaporated, only the nucleator and the surfactant remained in the matrix. DSC results showed a 24% improvement in nucleation efficiency of PP by this novel method. It was shown that solubilization of the nucleator depends on the water activity in the microemulsion, and the presence of the nucleator opposes formation of the W/O phase. Light scattering, SD-NMR, and SAXS results showed that HPN-68 is accommodated in the water phase and at the interface, and significantly reduces the level of order in the microemulsion. In intermediate water content, a worm-like structure was proposed instead of the classical bicontinuous one. The structure was confirmed by SAXS and SD-NMR analysis. Viscosity measurements revealed structural transitions in the microemulsions. PMID:16870203

  3. Microstructure, morphology, and ultrafast dynamics of a novel edible microemulsion.

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    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

  4. Comparing concentration-based (AOT40) and stomatal uptake (PODY) metrics for ozone risk assessment to European forests.

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    Anav, Alessandro; De Marco, Alessandra; Proietti, Chiara; Alessandri, Andrea; Dell'Aquila, Alessandro; Cionni, Irene; Friedlingstein, Pierre; Khvorostyanov, Dmitry; Menut, Laurent; Paoletti, Elena; Sicard, Pierre; Sitch, Stephen; Vitale, Marcello

    2016-04-01

    Tropospheric ozone (O3) produces harmful effects to forests and crops, leading to a reduction of land carbon assimilation that, consequently, influences the land sink and the crop yield production. To assess the potential negative O3 impacts to vegetation, the European Union uses the Accumulated Ozone over Threshold of 40 ppb (AOT40). This index has been chosen for its simplicity and flexibility in handling different ecosystems as well as for its linear relationships with yield or biomass loss. However, AOT40 does not give any information on the physiological O3 uptake into the leaves since it does not include any environmental constraints to O3 uptake through stomata. Therefore, an index based on stomatal O3 uptake (i.e. PODY), which describes the amount of O3 entering into the leaves, would be more appropriate. Specifically, the PODY metric considers the effects of multiple climatic factors, vegetation characteristics and local and phenological inputs rather than the only atmospheric O3 concentration. For this reason, the use of PODY in the O3 risk assessment for vegetation is becoming recommended. We compare different potential O3 risk assessments based on two methodologies (i.e. AOT40 and stomatal O3 uptake) using a framework of mesoscale models that produces hourly meteorological and O3 data at high spatial resolution (12 km) over Europe for the time period 2000-2005. Results indicate a remarkable spatial and temporal inconsistency between the two indices, suggesting that a new definition of European legislative standard is needed in the near future. Besides, our risk assessment based on AOT40 shows a good consistency compared to both in-situ data and other model-based datasets. Conversely, risk assessment based on stomatal O3 uptake shows different spatial patterns compared to other model-based datasets. This strong inconsistency can be likely related to a different vegetation cover and its associated parameterizations. PMID:26492093

  5. Comparing concentration-based (AOT40) and stomatal uptake (PODY) metrics for ozone risk assessment to European forests.

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    Anav, Alessandro; De Marco, Alessandra; Proietti, Chiara; Alessandri, Andrea; Dell'Aquila, Alessandro; Cionni, Irene; Friedlingstein, Pierre; Khvorostyanov, Dmitry; Menut, Laurent; Paoletti, Elena; Sicard, Pierre; Sitch, Stephen; Vitale, Marcello

    2016-04-01

    Tropospheric ozone (O3) produces harmful effects to forests and crops, leading to a reduction of land carbon assimilation that, consequently, influences the land sink and the crop yield production. To assess the potential negative O3 impacts to vegetation, the European Union uses the Accumulated Ozone over Threshold of 40 ppb (AOT40). This index has been chosen for its simplicity and flexibility in handling different ecosystems as well as for its linear relationships with yield or biomass loss. However, AOT40 does not give any information on the physiological O3 uptake into the leaves since it does not include any environmental constraints to O3 uptake through stomata. Therefore, an index based on stomatal O3 uptake (i.e. PODY), which describes the amount of O3 entering into the leaves, would be more appropriate. Specifically, the PODY metric considers the effects of multiple climatic factors, vegetation characteristics and local and phenological inputs rather than the only atmospheric O3 concentration. For this reason, the use of PODY in the O3 risk assessment for vegetation is becoming recommended. We compare different potential O3 risk assessments based on two methodologies (i.e. AOT40 and stomatal O3 uptake) using a framework of mesoscale models that produces hourly meteorological and O3 data at high spatial resolution (12 km) over Europe for the time period 2000-2005. Results indicate a remarkable spatial and temporal inconsistency between the two indices, suggesting that a new definition of European legislative standard is needed in the near future. Besides, our risk assessment based on AOT40 shows a good consistency compared to both in-situ data and other model-based datasets. Conversely, risk assessment based on stomatal O3 uptake shows different spatial patterns compared to other model-based datasets. This strong inconsistency can be likely related to a different vegetation cover and its associated parameterizations.

  6. The forward and backward transport processes in the AOT/hexane reversed micellar extraction of soybean protein.

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    Chen, Jun; Chen, Fengliang; Wang, Xianchang; Zhao, Xiaoyan; Ao, Qiang

    2014-10-01

    Soybean protein was taken as a model protein to investigate two aspects of the protein extraction by sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles: (1) the forward protein extraction from the solid state, and the effect of pH, AOT concentration, alcohol and water content (W0) on the transfer efficiency; (2) the back-transfer, the capability of the protein to be recovered from the micellar solution. The experimental results led to the conclusion that the highest forward extraction efficiency of soybean protein was reached at AOT concentration 180 mmol l(-1), aqueous pH 7.0, KCl concentration 0.05 mol l(-1), 0.5 % (v/v) alcohol, W0 18. Under these conditions, the forward extraction efficiency of soybean protein achieved 70.1 %. It was noted that the percentage of protein back extraction depended on the salt concentration and pH value. Around 92 % of protein recovery was obtained after back extraction. PMID:25328237

  7. A novel ionic liquid-in-oil microemulsion composed of biologically acceptable components: an excitation wavelength dependent fluorescence resonance energy transfer study.

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    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

  8. Determination of manganese in diesel, gasoline and naphtha by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry using microemulsion medium for sample stabilization

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    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.

  9. Dimensionless Equation of State to Predict Microemulsion Phase Behavior.

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    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

  10. Dimensionless Equation of State to Predict Microemulsion Phase Behavior.

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    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

  11. Thermal deactivation kinetics of Pseudomonas fluorescens lipase entrapped in AOT/isooctane reverse micelles.

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    Park, Kyung Min; Kwon, Chang Woo; Choi, Seung Jun; Son, Young-Hwan; Lim, Seokwon; Yoo, Yoonjung; Chang, Pahn-Shick

    2013-10-01

    Thermostability of the lipase (EC 3.1.1.3) was found to be increased by the enzyme-entrapment in 50 mM AOT/isooctane reverse micelles. The half-life (15.75 h) of Pseudomonas fluorescens lipase entrapped in reverse micelles at 70 °C was 9.72- and 11.41-fold longer than those solubilized in a glycerol pool or in 10 mM phosphate buffer (pH 8.0), respectively. The enzyme deactivation model considering a two-step series-type was employed, and deactivation constants for the second step (k₂) at all temperatures were drastically decreased after the lipase was entrapped in reverse micelles. In particular, k₂ (0.0354 h⁻¹) at 70 °C in reverse micelles was 12.33- and 13.14-fold lower than in a glycerol pool or in the phosphate buffer, respectively. The deactivation energies (from k₁, k₂) for the lipase entrapped in the reverse micelles, solubilized in a glycerol pool, or in the aqueous buffer were 7.51, 26.35 kcal/mol, 5.93, 21.08 kcal/mol, and 5.53, 17.57 kcal/mol, respectively.

  12. Templated cocrystallization of cholesterol and phytosterols from microemulsions

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    Rozner, Shoshana; Popov, Inna; Uvarov, Vladimir; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2009-08-01

    A major cause of cardiovascular disease is high cholesterol (CH) levels in the blood, a potential solution to which is the intake of phytosterols (PS) known as CH-reducing agents. One mechanism proposed for PS activity is the mutual cocrystallization of CH and PS from dietary mixed micelles (DMM), a process that removes excess CH from the transporting micelles. In this study, microemulsions (MEs) were used both as a model system for cocrystallization mimicking DMM and as a possible alternative pathway, based on the competitive solubilization of CH and PS, to reduce solubilized CH transport levels from the ME. The effects of different CH/PS ratios, aqueous dilution, and lecithin-based MEs on sterol crystallization were studied. The precipitated crystals from the ME-loaded system with PS alone and from that loaded with 1:1 or 1:3 CH/PS mixtures were significantly influenced by ME microstructure and by dilution with aqueous phase (X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results). No new polymorphic structures were detected apart from the corresponding sterol hydrates. Mixed crystal morphology and the habit of the precipitated sterols were strongly affected by the CH/PS ratio and the structures of the diluted ME. As the amount of PS in the mixture increased or as the ME aqueous dilution proceeded, precipitated crystal shape became more needle-like. The mixed sterols seemed to be forming eutectic solids.

  13. Development and characterization of microemulsions containing hyaluronic acid.

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    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

  14. Separation of hydrophobic polymer additives by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Hilder, E F; Klampfl, C W; Buchberger, W; Haddad, P R

    2001-07-13

    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) has been applied to the separation of some phenolic antioxidants [Irganox 1024, Irganox 1035, Irganox 1076, Irganox 1010, Irganox 1330, Irgafos 138, Irganox 168 and 2,6-di-tert.-butyl-4-methylphenol (BHT)]. Due to the extremely hydrophobic nature of these analytes, they could not be separated using standard MEEKC conditions and two alternative approaches were investigated. Using an acidic buffer (phosphate, pH 2.5) to effectively suppress the electroosmotic flow, the addition of 2-propanol to the aqueous phase of the microemulsion buffer to improve partitioning of the analytes, and a negative separation voltage, separation of five of the analytes in under 10 min was possible. The second approach, using a basic buffer (borate, pH 9.2) and a positive separation voltage resulted in complete resolution of all eight analytes. A mixed surfactant system comprising the anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and neutral Brij 35 was used to reduce the overall charge and with it the mobility of the droplets, and hence the separation time. Using an optimised MEEKC buffer consisting of 2.25% (w/w) SDS, 0.75% (w/w) Brij 35, 0.8% (w/w) n-octane, 6.6% (w/w) 1-butanol, 25% (w/w) 2-propanol and 64.6% (w/w) 10 mM borate buffer (pH 9.2) the eight target analytes were baseline separated in under 25 min. For these analytes, MEEKC was found to be superior to micellar electrokinetic chromatography in every respect. Specifically, the solubility of the analytes was better, the selectivity was more favourable, the analysis time was shorter and the separation efficiency was up to 72% higher when using the MEEKC method. Detection limits from 5.4 to 26 microg/ml were obtained and the calibration plot was linear over more than one order of magnitude. The optimised method could be applied to the determination of Irganox 1330 and Irganox 1010 in polypropylene.

  15. Enhanced transdermal delivery of evodiamine and rutaecarpine using microemulsion

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    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

  16. Synergistic cosolubilization of omega-3 fatty acid esters and CoQ10 in dilutable microemulsions.

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    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

  17. A critical appraisal of microemulsions for drug delivery: part II.

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    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

  18. Formation of organic nanoparticles from volatile microemulsions.

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    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

  19. Microemulsion and poloxamer microemulsion-based gel for sustained transdermal delivery of diclofenac epolamine using in-skin drug depot: in vitro/in vivo evaluation.

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    Fouad, Shahinaze A; Basalious, Emad B; El-Nabarawi, Mohamed A; Tayel, Saadia A

    2013-09-10

    Microemulsion (ME) and poloxamer microemulsion-based gel (PMBG) were developed and optimized to enhance transport of diclofenac epolamine (DE) into the skin forming in-skin drug depot for sustained transdermal delivery of drug. D-optimal mixture experimental design was applied to optimize ME that contains maximum amount of oil, minimum globule size and optimum drug solubility. Three formulation variables; the oil phase X1 (Capryol(®)), Smix X2 (a mixture of Labrasol(®)/Transcutol(®), 1:2 w/w) and water X3 were included in the design. The systems were assessed for drug solubility, globule size and light absorbance. Following optimization, the values of formulation components (X1, X2, and X3) were 30%, 50% and 20%, respectively. The optimized ME and PMBG were assessed for pH, drug content, skin irritation, stability studies and ex vivo transport in rat skin. Contrary to PMBG and Flector(®) gel, the optimized ME showed the highest cumulative amount of DE permeated after 8h and the in vivo anti-inflammatory efficacy in rat paw edema was sustained to 12h after removal of ME applied to the skin confirming the formation of in-skin drug depot. Our results proposed that topical ME formulation, containing higher fraction of oil solubilized drug, could be promising for sustained transdermal delivery of drug.

  20. High accuracy NMR chemical shift corrected for bulk magnetization as a tool for structural elucidation of dilutable microemulsions. Part 1 - Proof of concept.

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    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.

  1. Tomography of reaction-diffusion microemulsions reveals three-dimensional Turing patterns.

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    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.

  2. Tomography of reaction-diffusion microemulsions reveals three-dimensional Turing patterns.

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    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

  3. Enhanced percutaneous permeability of diclofenac using a new U-type dilutable microemulsion.

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    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

  4. Enhanced percutaneous permeability of diclofenac using a new U-type dilutable microemulsion.

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    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.

  5. Cluster formation in water-in-oil microemulsions at percolation: evaluation of the electrical properties

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    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

  6. In situ growth of ZnO nanoparticles in precursor-insensitive water-in-oil microemulsion as soft nanoreactors

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    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.

  7. In situ growth of ZnO nanoparticles in precursor-insensitive water-in-oil microemulsion as soft nanoreactors.

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    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 m(2) 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 Zn(2+) 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.

  8. Plasmid DNA-entrapped nanoparticles engineered from microemulsion precursors: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Cui, Zhengrong; Mumper, Russell J

    2002-01-01

    Nonviral gene therapy has been a rapidly growing field. However, delivery systems that can provide protection for pDNA and potential targeting are still desired. A novel pDNA-nanoparticle delivery system was developed by entrapping hydrophobized pDNA inside nanoparticles engineered from oil-in-water (O/W) microemulsion precursors. Plasmid DNA was hydrophobized by complexing with cationic surfactants DOTAP and DDAB. Warm O/W microemulsions were prepared at 50-55 degrees C with emulsifying wax, Brij 78, Tween 20, and Tween 80. Nanoparticles were engineered by simply cooling the O/W microemulsions containing the hydrophobized pDNA in the oil phase to room temperature while stirring. The nanoparticles were characterized by particle sizing, zeta-potential, and TEM. Nanoparticles were challenged with serum nucleases to assess pDNA stability. In addition, the nanoparticles were coincubated with simulated biological media to assess their stability. In vitro hepatocyte transfection studies were completed with uncoated nanoparticles or nanoparticles coated with pullulan, a hepatocyte targeting ligand. In vivo biodistribution of the nanoparticles containing I-125 labeled pDNA was monitored 30 min after tail-vein injection to Balb/C mice. Depending on the hydrophobizing lipid agent employed, uniform pDNA-entrapped nanoparticles (100-160 nm in diameter) were engineered within minutes from warm O/W microemulsion precursors. The nanoparticles were negatively charged (-6 to -15 mV) and spherical. An anionic exchange column was used to separate unentrapped pDNA from nanoparticles. Gel permeation chromatography of pDNA-entrapped and serum-digested nanoparticles showed that the incorporation efficiency was approximately 30%. Free 'naked' pDNA was completely digested by serum nucleases while the entrapped pDNA remained intact. Moreover, in vitro transfection studies in Hep G2 cells showed that pullulan-coated nanoparticles resulted in enhanced luciferase expression, compared to both p

  9. Plasmid DNA-entrapped nanoparticles engineered from microemulsion precursors: in vitro and in vivo evaluation.

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    Cui, Zhengrong; Mumper, Russell J

    2002-01-01

    Nonviral gene therapy has been a rapidly growing field. However, delivery systems that can provide protection for pDNA and potential targeting are still desired. A novel pDNA-nanoparticle delivery system was developed by entrapping hydrophobized pDNA inside nanoparticles engineered from oil-in-water (O/W) microemulsion precursors. Plasmid DNA was hydrophobized by complexing with cationic surfactants DOTAP and DDAB. Warm O/W microemulsions were prepared at 50-55 degrees C with emulsifying wax, Brij 78, Tween 20, and Tween 80. Nanoparticles were engineered by simply cooling the O/W microemulsions containing the hydrophobized pDNA in the oil phase to room temperature while stirring. The nanoparticles were characterized by particle sizing, zeta-potential, and TEM. Nanoparticles were challenged with serum nucleases to assess pDNA stability. In addition, the nanoparticles were coincubated with simulated biological media to assess their stability. In vitro hepatocyte transfection studies were completed with uncoated nanoparticles or nanoparticles coated with pullulan, a hepatocyte targeting ligand. In vivo biodistribution of the nanoparticles containing I-125 labeled pDNA was monitored 30 min after tail-vein injection to Balb/C mice. Depending on the hydrophobizing lipid agent employed, uniform pDNA-entrapped nanoparticles (100-160 nm in diameter) were engineered within minutes from warm O/W microemulsion precursors. The nanoparticles were negatively charged (-6 to -15 mV) and spherical. An anionic exchange column was used to separate unentrapped pDNA from nanoparticles. Gel permeation chromatography of pDNA-entrapped and serum-digested nanoparticles showed that the incorporation efficiency was approximately 30%. Free 'naked' pDNA was completely digested by serum nucleases while the entrapped pDNA remained intact. Moreover, in vitro transfection studies in Hep G2 cells showed that pullulan-coated nanoparticles resulted in enhanced luciferase expression, compared to both p

  10. Protective effect of clove oil and eugenol microemulsions on fatty liver and dyslipidemia as components of metabolic syndrome.

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    Al-Okbi, Sahar Y; Mohamed, Doha A; Hamed, Thanaa E; Edris, Amr E

    2014-07-01

    . However, formulation in microemulsion provides a delivery system for oral administration of CO or eugenol in homogeneous, water-based, and thermodynamically stable dosage form during storage.

  11. Peroxyl radical reactions with carotenoids in microemulsions: Influence of microemulsion composition and the nature of peroxyl radical precursor.

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    El-Agamey, Ali; McGarvey, David J

    2016-01-01

    The reactions of acetylperoxyl radicals with different carotenoids (7,7'-dihydro-β-carotene and ζ-carotene) in SDS and CTAC microemulsions of different compositions were investigated using laser flash photolysis (LFP) coupled with kinetic absorption spectroscopy. The primary objective of this study was to explore the influence of microemulsion composition and the type of surfactant used on the yields and kinetics of various transients formed from the reaction of acetylperoxyl radicals with carotenoids. Also, the influence of the site (hydrocarbon phases or aqueous phase) of generation of the peroxyl radical precursor was examined by using 4-acetyl-4-phenylpiperidine hydrochloride (APPHCl) and 1,1-diphenylacetone (11DPA) as water-soluble and lipid-soluble peroxyl radical precursors, respectively. LFP of peroxyl radical precursors with 7,7'-dihydro-β-carotene (77DH) in different microemulsions gives rise to the formation of three distinct transients namely addition radical (λmax=460 nm), near infrared transient1 (NIR, λmax=700 nm) and 7,7'-dihydro-β-carotene radical cation (77DH(•+), λmax=770 nm). In addition, for ζ-carotene (ZETA) two transients (near infrared transient1 (NIR1, λmax=660 nm) and ζ-carotene radical cation (ZETA(•+), λmax=730-740 nm)) are generated following LFP of peroxyl radical precursors in the presence of ζ-carotene (ZETA) in different microemulsions. The results show that the composition of the microemulsion strongly influences the observed yield and kinetics of the transients formed from the reactions of peroxyl radicals (acetylperoxyl radicals) with carotenoids (77DH and ZETA). Also, the type of surfactant used in the microemulsions influences the yield of the transients formed. The dependence of the transient yields and kinetics on microemulsion composition (or the type of surfactant used in the microemulsion) can be attributed to the change of the polarity of the microenvironment of the carotenoid. Furthermore, the nature of

  12. The effect of the charge density of microemulsion droplets on the bending elasticity of their amphiphilic film

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    Farago, B.; Gradzielski, M.

    2001-06-01

    Oil-in-water (O/W) microemulsion droplets have been investigated with respect to the effect of the electric charge density on the bending elasticity of the amphiphilic film. For this an originally uncharged microemulsion system became charged by the substitution of the nonionic by an ionic surfactant (up to 5 mol %). The sum of the bending constants, 2κ+κ¯, has been determined from the polydispersity index p of the droplets and alternatively from the macroscopic interfacial tension γ together with the maximum particle radius Rm. p and Rm were measured by means of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) experiments in the shell contrast. Neutron spin echo (NSE) has been employed to measure directly the dynamics of the shape fluctuations of the droplets. This method enables a separate determination of κ on its own. It is found that the effect of the increasing charge density leads only to a fairly small increase for the sum of the bending constants 2κ+κ¯. Also the change of the ionic strength for a charged microemulsion system has almost no influence on this sum. NSE measurements show no measurable difference in the dynamics of the charged and uncharged system leading to the conclusion that not only the sum but separately the two bending constants stay within experimental error unchanged. This experimental observation is in contrast to simple electrostatic theories that would predict a much more pronounced influence of the electric charge density on the bending properties of the amphiphilic film.

  13. Determination of cadmium in biodiesel using microemulsion and electrothermal atomization atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Lima, Adriana S; Silva, Deise G; Teixeira, Leonardo S G

    2015-01-01

    This work aimed to prepare biodiesel microemulsions for the subsequent quantification of cadmium via graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS). The biodiesel samples were prepared using n-propanol as an emulsifier, 10% (v/v) nitric acid as the aqueous phase, and biodiesel. Pseudoternary phase diagrams were constructed to determine the microemulsion region with the specified components. The optimized conditions for microemulsion formation were 57.6% (v/v) n-propanol, 21.2% (v/v) biodiesel, and 21.2% (v/v) nitric acid solution. The stability of the microemulsified system was investigated using aqueous and organic standards, and the system was found to be stable for at least 240 min. The applied pyrolysis and atomization temperatures were 800 and 2000 °C, respectively, and 5 μg of aluminum was used as the chemical modifier. The obtained limits of detection and quantification were 0.2 and 0.5 μg kg(-1), respectively, and the characteristic mass was 1.6 pg. The precision, expressed as the relative standard deviation (% R.S.D., n = 10), was 2.5% for a sample with a cadmium concentration of 6.5 μg kg(-1). The accuracy was determined from addition and recovery experiments, with results varying from 93 to 108% recovery. This study demonstrates that the proposed method based on the use of a microemulsion formation in sample preparation can be applied as an efficient alternative for the determination of cadmium in biodiesel by GFAAS. Cadmium determination in biodiesel samples of different origins (soybean, corn, cotton, and sunflower) was evaluated after acid digestion using the inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) technique, and the obtained results were compared to the results obtained using the proposed method. The paired t test (95% confidence level) did not show significant differences. The concentrations of cadmium found ranged from 5.3 to 8.0 μg kg(-1).

  14. Determination of cadmium in biodiesel using microemulsion and electrothermal atomization atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Lima, Adriana S; Silva, Deise G; Teixeira, Leonardo S G

    2015-01-01

    This work aimed to prepare biodiesel microemulsions for the subsequent quantification of cadmium via graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS). The biodiesel samples were prepared using n-propanol as an emulsifier, 10% (v/v) nitric acid as the aqueous phase, and biodiesel. Pseudoternary phase diagrams were constructed to determine the microemulsion region with the specified components. The optimized conditions for microemulsion formation were 57.6% (v/v) n-propanol, 21.2% (v/v) biodiesel, and 21.2% (v/v) nitric acid solution. The stability of the microemulsified system was investigated using aqueous and organic standards, and the system was found to be stable for at least 240 min. The applied pyrolysis and atomization temperatures were 800 and 2000 °C, respectively, and 5 μg of aluminum was used as the chemical modifier. The obtained limits of detection and quantification were 0.2 and 0.5 μg kg(-1), respectively, and the characteristic mass was 1.6 pg. The precision, expressed as the relative standard deviation (% R.S.D., n = 10), was 2.5% for a sample with a cadmium concentration of 6.5 μg kg(-1). The accuracy was determined from addition and recovery experiments, with results varying from 93 to 108% recovery. This study demonstrates that the proposed method based on the use of a microemulsion formation in sample preparation can be applied as an efficient alternative for the determination of cadmium in biodiesel by GFAAS. Cadmium determination in biodiesel samples of different origins (soybean, corn, cotton, and sunflower) was evaluated after acid digestion using the inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) technique, and the obtained results were compared to the results obtained using the proposed method. The paired t test (95% confidence level) did not show significant differences. The concentrations of cadmium found ranged from 5.3 to 8.0 μg kg(-1). PMID:25381584

  15. Catalysis of the hydrolysis of ethyl mandelate and esterification of alpha-bromopropionic acid by lipase in microemulsions.

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    Xiao, H; Liu, J; Li, Z

    1993-01-01

    Candida cyclindracea lipase (CCL) was added to "sodium dodecyl sulfonate (AS)/n-butanol/n-octane/n-octane" water-in-oil microemulsion to catalyze the hydrolysis of ethyl mandelate and the esterification of alpha-bromopropionic acid with n-butanol, respectively. The catalytic activity of CCL in the above microemulsions was higher than that in the traditional oil/water biphasic systems. After hydrolysis for 48 h, the conversion rate of the reaction reached 90% and S-mandelic acid, [alpha]D20-149.8 (C10; H2O), optical purity ca. 97%, was isolated. While after esterification for 6 h, the conversion rate of the reaction reached 45%, and butyl-(R)-alpha-bromopropionate, [alpha]D20 18.2 (Cl; CHCl3), optical purity ca. 99%, was obtained.

  16. Microemulsions of Record Low Amphiphile Concentrations Are Affected by the Ambient Gravitational Field.

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    Ishikawa, Kazuhiro; Behrens, Manja; Eriksson, Stefanie; Topgaard, Daniel; Olsson, Ulf; Wennerström, Håkan

    2016-07-01

    It is shown that the ternary system heavy water-heptane-hexadecyl hexaethylene oxide (C16E6) has a stable bicontinuous microemulsion phase down to an exceptionally low concentration at the balanced temperature of 26.8 °C. It is further demonstrated that the ambient gravitational field has an influence on the observed phase equilibria for typical sample sizes (∼1 cm). Direct measurements using a nuclear magnetic resonance imaging technique demonstrate that sample compositions vary with the height in the vials. It is furthermore found that some samples show four phases at equilibrium in apparent violation of Gibbs' phase rule. It is pointed out that Gibbs' phase rule strictly applies only when effects of gravity are negligible. A further consequence of the ambient gravitational field is that, for the system studied, the microemulsion one-phase samples are not observed, when using standard size vials, that is, sample heights on the order of a centimeter. Quantitative determinations of concentration profiles can be used to determine parameters of the free-energy density for the system.

  17. Molecular Thermodynamic Modeling of Reverse Micelles and Water-in-Oil Microemulsions.

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    Lukanov, Boris; Firoozabadi, Abbas

    2016-04-01

    Surfactant aggregation plays an important role in a variety of chemical and biological nanoscale processes. On a larger scale, using small amounts of amphiphiles compared to large volumes of bulk-phase modifiers can improve the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of many chemical and industrial processes. To model ternary mixtures of polar, nonpolar, and amphiphilic molecules, we develop a molecular thermodynamic theory for polydisperse water-in-oil (W/O) droplet-type microemulsions and reverse micelles based on global minimization of the Gibbs free energy of the system. The incorporation of size polydispersity into the theoretical formulation has a significant effect on the Gibbs free energy landscape and allows us to accurately predict micelle size distributions and micelle size variation with composition. Results are presented for two sample ionic surfactant/water/oil systems and compared with experimental data. By predicting the structural and compositional characteristics of w/o microemulsions, the molecular thermodynamic approach provides an important bridge between the modeling of ternary systems at the molecular and the macroscopic level. PMID:26919199

  18. Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography as a suitable tool for lipophilicity determination of acidic, neutral, and basic compounds.

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    Subirats, Xavier; Yuan, Hui-Ping; Chaves, Verónica; Marzal, Núria; Rosés, Martí

    2016-07-01

    In the present work, several MEEKC systems are studied to assess their suitability for lipophilicity determination of acidic, neutral, and basic compounds. Thus, several microemulsion compositions over a wide range of pH values (from 2.0 to 12.0), containing heptane, 1-butanol and different types and amounts of surfactant (SDS or sodium cholate: from 1.3 to 3.3%) are characterized using Abraham's solvation model. The addition of acetonitrile (up to 10%) is also studied, since it increases the resolution of the technique for the most lipophilic compounds. The system coefficients obtained are very similar to those of the 1-octanol/water, used as the reference lipophilicity index, allowing simple and linear correlations between the 1-octanol/water partition values (log Po/w ) and MEEKC mass distribution ratios (log kMEEKC ). Variations in the microemulsion composition (aqueous buffer, surfactant, concentration of ACN) did not significantly affect the similarity of the MEEKC systems to log Po/w partition.

  19. Microemulsions of Record Low Amphiphile Concentrations Are Affected by the Ambient Gravitational Field.

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    Ishikawa, Kazuhiro; Behrens, Manja; Eriksson, Stefanie; Topgaard, Daniel; Olsson, Ulf; Wennerström, Håkan

    2016-07-01

    It is shown that the ternary system heavy water-heptane-hexadecyl hexaethylene oxide (C16E6) has a stable bicontinuous microemulsion phase down to an exceptionally low concentration at the balanced temperature of 26.8 °C. It is further demonstrated that the ambient gravitational field has an influence on the observed phase equilibria for typical sample sizes (∼1 cm). Direct measurements using a nuclear magnetic resonance imaging technique demonstrate that sample compositions vary with the height in the vials. It is furthermore found that some samples show four phases at equilibrium in apparent violation of Gibbs' phase rule. It is pointed out that Gibbs' phase rule strictly applies only when effects of gravity are negligible. A further consequence of the ambient gravitational field is that, for the system studied, the microemulsion one-phase samples are not observed, when using standard size vials, that is, sample heights on the order of a centimeter. Quantitative determinations of concentration profiles can be used to determine parameters of the free-energy density for the system. PMID:27035803

  20. Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography as a suitable tool for lipophilicity determination of acidic, neutral, and basic compounds.

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    Subirats, Xavier; Yuan, Hui-Ping; Chaves, Verónica; Marzal, Núria; Rosés, Martí

    2016-07-01

    In the present work, several MEEKC systems are studied to assess their suitability for lipophilicity determination of acidic, neutral, and basic compounds. Thus, several microemulsion compositions over a wide range of pH values (from 2.0 to 12.0), containing heptane, 1-butanol and different types and amounts of surfactant (SDS or sodium cholate: from 1.3 to 3.3%) are characterized using Abraham's solvation model. The addition of acetonitrile (up to 10%) is also studied, since it increases the resolution of the technique for the most lipophilic compounds. The system coefficients obtained are very similar to those of the 1-octanol/water, used as the reference lipophilicity index, allowing simple and linear correlations between the 1-octanol/water partition values (log Po/w ) and MEEKC mass distribution ratios (log kMEEKC ). Variations in the microemulsion composition (aqueous buffer, surfactant, concentration of ACN) did not significantly affect the similarity of the MEEKC systems to log Po/w partition. PMID:27126602

  1. Microemulsion extraction separation and determination of aluminium species by spectrofluorimetry.

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    Lu, Jusheng; Tian, Jiuying; Guo, Na; Wang, Yan; Pan, Yichun

    2011-01-30

    A simple and sensitive microemulsion extraction separation method was developed for the speciation of aluminium in tea samples by spectrofluorimetry. With 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ) as the chelating agent and Triton X-100 Winsor II microemulsion as the extractant, separation of aluminium species in different pH solutions was achieved by microemulsion extraction. The formation of microemulsion, the conditions of extraction and determination of aluminium species were studied. The results showed that, the contents of aluminium species in tea leaves and infusions samples, such as total aluminium, total soluble aluminium, total granular aluminium, inorganic aluminium except Al-F, and (Al-F+Al-org), were obtained successfully under the optimal conditions. The limit of detection was 0.23 μg L(-1) in pH 9.5 solution, and 0.59 μg L(-1) in pH 6.0 solution respectively; the precision (RSD) for 11 replicate measurements of 10 μg L(-1) aluminium was 2.1% in pH 9.5 solution, and 2.8% in pH 6.0 solution respectively; the recoveries for the spiked samples were 96.8-103.5%. The proposed method is simple and efficient, which has been applied to the speciation of aluminium in tea samples with satisfactory results.

  2. Fabrication of a uniformly sized fenofibrate microemulsion by membrane emulsification.

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    Pradhan, Roshan; Lee, Dong Won; Choi, Han-Gon; Yong, Chul Soon; Kim, Jong Oh

    2013-01-01

    Fenofibrate-loaded microemulsions composed of Labrafil M 1944 CS, Capryol PGMC and fenofibrate as the dispersed phase and Labrasol in demineralised water as the continuous phase were prepared by utilising a Shirasu-porous-glass (SPG) membrane emulsification technique. The process parameters were optimised by adjusting the feed pressure (15-45 kPa), agitator speed (250-800 rpm) and temperature of the continuous phase (25-45°C). As a result, narrowly distributed microemulsions were obtained via SPG membrane emulsification at an agitator speed of 250 rpm, a feed pressure of 30 kPa and a continuous phase temperature of 25°C. Furthermore, TEM images clearly showed that the microemulsion prepared by SPG membrane emulsification had a uniform, spherical morphology with a narrow size distribution. Our results indicated that the SPG membrane emulsification technique is highly efficient for the preparation of narrowly distributed microemulsions with relatively smaller particle sizes compared with the common stirring method. PMID:22657749

  3. Structural and magnetic characterization of YIG particles prepared using microemulsions

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    Baldomir, D.; Teijeiro, A. G.; Rivas, J.; Vaqueiro, P.; Paz, S. B.; López Quintela, A.

    1995-02-01

    Yttrium-iron-garnet (YIG) particles have been synthesized using the microemulsion technique. A comparison of ferrite powders obtained by this method and those prepared by sol-gel and solid state reactions is reported. We have studied both the magnetic and structural properties and have found a dependence on annealing temperatures.

  4. Shape Modification of Water-in-CO2 Microemulsion Droplets through Mixing of Hydrocarbon and Fluorocarbon Amphiphiles.

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    Yan, Ci; Sagisaka, Masanobu; Rogers, Sarah E; Hazell, Gavin; Peach, Jocelyn; Eastoe, Julian

    2016-02-16

    An oxygen-rich hydrocarbon (HC) amphiphile has been developed as an additive for supercritical CO2 (scCO2). The effects of this custom-designed amphiphile have been studied in water-in-CO2 (w/c) microemulsions stabilized by analogous fluorocarbon (FC) surfactants, nFG(EO)2, which are known to form spherical w/c microemulsion droplets. By applying contrast-variation small-angle neutron scattering (CV-SANS), evidence has been obtained for anisotropic structures in the mixed systems. The shape transition is attributed to the hydrocarbon additive, which modifies the curvature of the mixed surfactant films. This can be considered as a potential method to enhance physicochemical properties of scCO2 through elongation of w/c microemulsion droplets. More importantly, by studying self-assembly in these mixed systems, fundamental understanding can be developed on the packing of HC and FC amphiphiles at water/CO2 interfaces. This provides guidelines for the design of fluorine-free CO2 active surfactants, and therefore, practical industrial scale applications of scCO2 could be achieved. PMID:26807476

  5. Enzymatic synthesis of phytosterol esters catalyzed by Candida rugosa lipase in water-in-[Bmim]PF6 microemulsion.

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    Zeng, Chaoxi; Qi, Suijian; Li, Zhigang; Luo, Riming; Yang, Bo; Wang, Yonghua

    2015-05-01

    A water-in-ionic liquid microemulsion ([Bmim]PF6/Tween20/H2O) was applied as reusable reaction medium to esterify phytosterols with fatty acid by Candida rugosa lipase (CRL) successfully. Two kinds of commercial CRLs, AY30 and AYS which cannot effectively catalyze esterification in conventional reaction system were found effective in the microemulsion system. Effects of reaction parameters on esterification were investigated; results showed that the conversion rate of 87.9 and 95.1 % was obtained in 24 and 48 h of reaction, respectively, under the optimized condition: the molar ratio of water to Tween 20 (w 0 value) at 5.4, Tween 20 at a concentration of 305 mM, 50 °C,pH 7.4, 10 % of enzyme loading (w/w, with respect to total reactants), and phytosterols/lauric acid molar ratio of 1:2. Moreover, by using n-hexane as the extraction agent, the lipase-encapsulated microemulsion could be reused at least seven times (>168 h) without significant changes in the conversion rate, while achieving a purpose of simple separation and purification. PMID:25575761

  6. Synthesis and catalytic properties of microemulsion-derived cerium oxide nanoparticles

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    Kockrick, Emanuel; Schrage, Christian; Grigas, Anett; Geiger, Dorin; Kaskel, Stefan

    2008-07-15

    The synthesis of cerium dioxide nanoparticles using an inverse microemulsion technique and precipitation method was investigated. Cerium hydroxide nanoparticles were synthesized by adding diluted ammonia to n-heptane-surfactant-cerium nitrate system. The micelle and particle size in the range of 5-12 nm were controlled by varying the molar water to surfactant ratio and analyzed by dynamic light scattering (DLS), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Cerium hydroxide nanoparticles were isolated and subsequently treated at 100-600 deg. C to obtain nanoscale ceria. Crystallite sizes of cerium dioxide in the range of 6-16 nm were estimated by Scherrer analysis by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and HRTEM. The catalytic activity of particles annealed at 400 and 600 deg. C in soot combustion reactions was characterized by temperature-programmed oxidation (TPO) indicating a size-dependant activity. Crystallite sizes and catalytic stability of elevated ceria systems were tested in second combustion cycles. - Graphical abstract: The synthesis of cerium dioxide nanoparticles using an inverse microemulsion technique and precipitation method was investigated using small angle X-ray scattering, dynamic light scattering and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Catalytic activity of ceria nanoparticles was tested in soot combustion reaction indicating size-dependent reactivity.

  7. Microemulsion liquid chromatographic method for simultaneous separation and determination of six flavonoids of Apocynum venetum leaf extract.

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    Song, Rui juan; Zhou, Jun

    2015-07-15

    A simple, cost-effective, and efficient method was developed for the rapid simultaneous separation and determination of six flavonoids (rutin, hyperoside, quercetin-3-O-sophoroside, isoquercitrin, astragalin and quercetin) of Apocynum venetum leaf extract by reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography using a microemulsion system mixture as the mobile phase. Separations were performed on the Zorbax Extend-C18 column with UV detection at 360nm. The flow rate was 0.8mLmin(-1). The optimized microemulsion mobile phase consisted of 2.5% (v/v) n-butanol, 1.2% (v/v) of Genapol X-080, 0.5% (v/v) ethyl acetate and 95.8% (w/v) of aqueous 20mM phosphoric acid, pH adjusted to 6.0 with 0.3% triethylamine. Under the optimized conditions, the calibration curve for six flavonoids was linear in the range of 5-1000μgmL(-1) with the correlation coefficients greater than 0.9994. The intra-day and inter-day precision (RSD) were below 8.11% and the limits of detection (LOD) for the six flavonoids were 1.7-6.0μgmL(-1) (S/N=3). The microemulsion liquid chromatography (MELC) method was successfully applied to separate and determine the six flavonoids of A. venetum leaf extract.

  8. Pluronic microemulsions as nanoreservoirs for extraction of bupivacaine from normal saline.

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    Varshney, Manoj; Morey, Timothy E; Shah, Dinesh O; Flint, Jason A; Moudgil, Brij M; Seubert, Christoph N; Dennis, Donn M

    2004-04-28

    We hypothesized that custom-designed microemulsions would effectively scavenge compounds from bulk media. Pluronic-based oil-in-water microemulsions were synthesized that efficiently reduced the free concentration of the local anesthetic bupivacaine in 0.9% NaCl. Both the molecular nature and concentration of the constituents in the microemulsions significantly affected extraction efficiencies. Pluronic F127-based microemulsions extracted bupivacaine more efficiently than microemulsions synthesized using other Pluronic surfactants (L44, L62, L64, F77, F87, F88, P104). Extraction was markedly increased by addition of fatty acid sodium salts due to greater oil/water interface area, increased columbic interaction between bupivacaine and fatty acids sodium salt, and greater surface activity. These data suggest that oil-in-water microemulsions may be an effective agent to treat cardiotoxicity caused by bupivacaine or other lipophilic drugs. PMID:15099093

  9. Automatic microemulsion preparation for metals determination in fuel samples using a flow-batch analyzer and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Cunha, Francisco Antônio S; Sousa, Rafael A; Harding, David P; Cadore, Solange; Almeida, Luciano F; Araújo, Mário César U

    2012-05-21

    The principal thermodynamic advantages of using microemulsions over standard emulsions for flow metal analysis are the greatly increased analyte stability and emulsive homogeneity that improve both the ease of sample preparation, and the analytical result. In this study a piston propelled flow-batch analyzer (PFBA) for the determination of Cu, Cr and Pb in gasoline and naphtha by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GF AAS) was explored. Investigative phase modeling for low dilution was conducted both for gasoline and naphtha microemulsions. Rheological considerations were also explored including a mathematical flow derivation to fine tune the system's operational parameters, and the GF AAS coupling. Both manual and automated procedures for microemulsion preparation were compared. The results of the paired t test at a 95% confidence level showed no significant differences between them. Further recovery test results confirmed a negligible matrix effect of the sample on the analyte absorption signals and an efficient stabilization of the samples (with metals) submitted to microemulsion treatment. The accuracy of the developed procedure was attested by good recovery percentages in the ranges of 100.0±3.5% for Pb in the naphtha samples, and 100.2±3.4% and 100.7±4.6% for Cu and Cr, respectively in gasoline samples. PMID:22541820

  10. Study on the catalytic performance of laccase in the hydrophobic ionic liquid-based bicontinuous microemulsion stabilized by polyoxyethylene-type nonionic surfactants.

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    Yu, Xinxin; Li, Qian; Wang, Miaomiao; Du, Na; Huang, Xirong

    2016-02-14

    To formulate a compatible green medium for the conversion of a hydrophobic substrate by a hydrophilic enzyme, we investigated the phase behavior of pseudo ternary hydrophobic ionic liquid (HIL)/buffer/polyoxyethylene-type nonionic surfactant (CnEm)/n-alcohol system and the effects of the components on the formulation of the HIL-based bicontinuous microemulsion. It is found that small head group of the surfactant, high concentration of n-alcohol (medium/long alkyl chain) and low cohesive energy density of the HIL result in low phase transition temperature. In the CnEm stabilized compatible bicontinuous microemulsion, the kinetics of laccase catalyzed oxidation of 2,6-dimethoxyphenol were also investigated. It is found that in addition to temperature, n-alcohol is the key parameter affecting the catalytic performance of laccase, and the optimum n-alcohol depends on the type of HIL as an oil phase. All the kinetic parameters, such as Km, kcat, kcat/Km, and Ea (apparent activation energy), indicate that the bicontinuous microemulsion consisting of [Omim]NTf2/buffer/CnEm/n-hexanol is a suitable medium for the laccase-catalyzed reaction. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on the formulation of HIL-based bicontinuous microemulsion for enzyme catalysis. PMID:26686358

  11. Lower irritation microemulsion-based rotigotine gel: formulation optimization and in vitro and in vivo studies

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    Wang, Zheng; Mu, Hong-Jie; Zhang, Xue-Mei; Ma, Peng-Kai; Lian, Sheng-Nan; Zhang, Feng-Pu; Chu, Sheng-Ying; Zhang, Wen-Wen; Wang, Ai-Ping; Wang, Wen-Yan; Sun, Kao-Xiang

    2015-01-01

    Background Rotigotine is a potent and selective D1, D2, and D3 dopaminergic receptor agonist. Due to an extensive first-pass effect, it has a very low oral bioavailability (approximately 0.5% in rats). Purpose The present investigation aimed to develop a microemulsion-based hydrogel for transdermal rotigotine delivery with lower application site reactions. Methods Pseudoternary phase diagrams were constructed to determine the region of oil in water (o/w)-type microemulsion. Central composite design was used to support the pseudoternary phase diagrams and to select homogeneous and stable microemulsions with an optimal amount of rotigotine permeation within 24 hours. In vitro skin permeation experiments were performed, using Franz diffusion cells, to compare rotigotine-loaded microemulsions with rotigotine solutions in oil. The optimized formulation was used to prepare a microemulsion-based hydrogel, which was subjected to bioavailability and skin irritancy studies. Results The selected formulations of rotigotine-loaded microemulsions had enhanced flux and permeation coefficients compared with rotigotine in oil. The optimum microemulsion contained 68% water, 6.8% Labrafil®, 13.44% Cremophor® RH40, 6.72% Labrasol®, and 5.04% Transcutol® HP; the drug-loading rate was 2%. To form a microemulsion gel, 1% Carbomer 1342 was added to the microemulsion. The bioavailability of the rotigotine-loaded microemulsion gel was 105.76%±20.52% with respect to the marketed rotigotine patch (Neupro®). The microemulsion gel irritated the skin less than Neupro. Conclusion A rotigotine microemulsion-based hydrogel was successfully developed, and an optimal formulation for drug delivery was identified. This product could improve patient compliance and have broad marketability. PMID:25609965

  12. [Analysis of nine narcotics in urine by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography-field samplified sample injection].

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    Zhang, Yu; Li, Qin; Lu, Minghua; Zhang, Lan; Chen, Guonan; Cai, Zongwei

    2011-08-01

    A simple, sensitive and reproducible method using microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC)-field amplified sample injection (FASI) was developed for the analysis of nine narcotics (morphine, codeine, naloxone, heroin, thebaine, cocaine, pethidine, fentanyl and methadone) in urine. In the MEEKC method, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), 1-butanol and ethyl acetate were used as surfactant, co-surfactant and organic solvent, respectively. The effects of the acidity and concentration of borate buffer, SDS, 1-butanol and ethyl acetate contents were investigated. The optimum concentrations (by mass fraction) of microemulsion system were 0.6% SDS, 1.2% 1-butanol, 0.6% ethyl acetate and 97.6% 10 mmol/L Na2B4O7 buffer (pH 9.5). The applied voltage was 25 kV. FASI was coupled with the MEEKC method to increase the sensitivity. Under the optimum conditions, the nine narcotics were baseline separated within 15 min and the detection limits (S/N = 3) were in the range of 0.3 - 8.0 microg/L. The spiked recoveries in urine samples were between 79.4% and 119.9% with the intraday relative standard deviations (RSDs) less than 5.5%. The developed method has been successfully applied to the analysis of methadone in the samples from in vitro metabolism study.

  13. Gel-microemulsions as vaginal spermicides and intravaginal drug delivery vehicles.

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    D'Cruz, O J; Uckun, F M

    2001-08-01

    There is a need for novel formulations to improve the bioavailability through the vaginal/rectal mucosa of microbicidal drug substances against sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, there is a need for more effective and less toxic vaginal spermicides. Here we review our recent discovery of novel gel-microemulsions (GM) as nontoxic, dual-function intravaginal spermicides, which can be used as delivery vehicles for lipophilic drug substances targeting sexually transmitted pathogens. We describe the formulation and biologic properties of 2 novel, submicron-particle-size GMs, GM-4 and GM-144, which were prepared from commonly available pharmaceutical excipients. These GMs comprising oil-in-water microemulsion and polymeric hydrogels were designed to solubilize lipophilic antiviral/antimicrobial agents and exhibited rapid spermicidal activity in human semen. Preclinical studies comparing the in vivo contraceptive efficacy of GM-4 and GM-144 versus nonoxynol-9-based detergent spermicide (Gynol II) in the rigorous rabbit model confirmed the potent contraceptive activity of these GMs. Unlike nonoxynol-9, repeated intravaginal applications of GM-4 and GM-144 in the rabbit vaginal irritation test were not associated with local inflammation or damage of the vaginal mucosa or epithelium. Furthermore, in short-term toxicity studies performed in mice, repetitive intravaginal application of spermicidal GM-4 and GM-144 for up to 13 weeks was not associated with any local, systemic, or reproductive toxicity. Spermicidal GMs have unprecedented potential as dual function microbicidal contraceptives to improve vaginal bioavailability of poorly soluble antimicrobial agents without causing significant vaginal damage.

  14. How to explain microemulsions formed by solvent mixtures without conventional surfactants

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    Zemb, Thomas N.; Klossek, Michael; Lopian, Tobias; Marcus, Julien; Schöettl, Sebastian; Horinek, Dominik; Touraud, Didier; Diat, Olivier; Marčelja, Stjepan; Kunz, Werner

    2016-01-01

    Ternary solutions containing one hydrotrope (such as ethanol) and two immiscible fluids, both being soluble in the hydrotrope at any proportion, show unexpected solubilization power and allow strange but yet unexplained membrane enzyme activity. We study the system ethanol-water-octanol as a simple model of such kinds of ternary solutions. The stability of “detergentless” micelles or microemulsions in such mixtures was proposed in the pioneering works of Barden and coworkers [Smith GD, Donelan CE, Barden RE (1977) J Colloid Interface Sci 60(3):488–496 and Keiser BA, Varie D, Barden RE, Holt SL (1979) J Phys Chem 83(10):1276–1281] in the 1970s and then, neglected, because no general explanation for the observations was available. Recent direct microstructural evidence by light, X-ray, and neutron scattering using contrast variation reopened the debate. We propose here a general principle for solubilization without conventional surfactants: the balance between hydration force and entropy. This balance explains the stability of microemulsions in homogeneous ternary mixtures based on cosolvents. PMID:27044068

  15. How to explain microemulsions formed by solvent mixtures without conventional surfactants.

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    Zemb, Thomas N; Klossek, Michael; Lopian, Tobias; Marcus, Julien; Schöettl, Sebastian; Horinek, Dominik; Prevost, Sylvain F; Touraud, Didier; Diat, Olivier; Marčelja, Stjepan; Kunz, Werner

    2016-04-19

    Ternary solutions containing one hydrotrope (such as ethanol) and two immiscible fluids, both being soluble in the hydrotrope at any proportion, show unexpected solubilization power and allow strange but yet unexplained membrane enzyme activity. We study the system ethanol-water-octanol as a simple model of such kinds of ternary solutions. The stability of "detergentless" micelles or microemulsions in such mixtures was proposed in the pioneering works of Barden and coworkers [Smith GD, Donelan CE, Barden RE (1977)J Colloid Interface Sci60(3):488-496 and Keiser BA, Varie D, Barden RE, Holt SL (1979)J Phys Chem83(10):1276-1281] in the 1970s and then, neglected, because no general explanation for the observations was available. Recent direct microstructural evidence by light, X-ray, and neutron scattering using contrast variation reopened the debate. We propose here a general principle for solubilization without conventional surfactants: the balance between hydration force and entropy. This balance explains the stability of microemulsions in homogeneous ternary mixtures based on cosolvents. PMID:27044068

  16. Influence of additives on the structure of surfactant-free microemulsions.

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    Marcus, J; Touraud, D; Prévost, S; Diat, O; Zemb, T; Kunz, W

    2015-12-28

    We study the addition of electrolytes to surfactant-free microemulsions in the domain where polydisperse pre-Ouzo aggregates are present. As in previous studies, the microemulsion is the ternary system water/ethanol/1-octanol, where ethanol acts as co-solvent. Addition of electrolytes modifies the static X-ray and neutron scattering, and dynamic light scattering patterns, as well as the position of the miscibility gap, where spontaneous emulsification occurs upon dilution with water. All observations can be rationalized considering that electrolytes are either "salting out" the ethanol, which is the main component of the interface stabilizing the aggregates, or producing charge separation via the antagonistic ion effect discovered by Onuki et al. Amphiphilic electrolytes, such as sodium dodecylsulfate or sodium dietheylhexylphosphate, induce a gradual transition towards monodisperse ionic micelles with their characteristic broad scattering "peak". In these micelles the ethanol plays then the role of a cosurfactant. Dynamic light scattering can only be understood by combination of fluctuations of aggregate concentration due to the vicinity of a critical point and in-out fluctuations of ethanol. PMID:26593697

  17. Microemulsion for topical application of pentoxifylline: In vitro release and in vivo evaluation.

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    Cavalcanti, Airlla L M; Reis, Mysrayn Y F A; Silva, Geilza C L; Ramalho, Ízola M M; Guimarães, Geovani P; Silva, José A; Saraiva, Karina L A; Damasceno, Bolívar P G L

    2016-06-15

    Microemulsion containing pentoxifylline was developed and characterized for use as a topical alternative to treat skin disorders. The transparent formulation was developed and optimized based on a pseudoternary phase diagram. Pentoxifylline-loaded microemulsion (PTX-ME) was composed of 44% Tween 80™/Brij 52™ mix as surfactants (S), 51% of caprylic/capric triglycerides as the oil phase (O) and 5% of water as aqueous phase (A). It was classified as an isotropic water-in-oil (W/O) system with droplets that had a heterogeneous spherical shape within the nanosized range (67.36±8.90nm) confirmed by polarized light microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) analysis. In vitro studies using static diffusion Franz cells revealed that the release of PTX from ME followed the Higuchi kinetic model. Topical PTX-ME application developed superior anti-inflammatory activity when compared to the PTX solution, reducing the paw edema up to 88.83%. Our results suggested that this colloidal nanosystem is a promising agent for the delivery of pentoxifylline, increasing its ability to modulate the inflammatory aspects of skin disorders. PMID:27130362

  18. Synthesis and characterization of α-NaYF4: Yb, Er nanoparticles by reverse microemulsion method

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    Gunaseelan, M.; Senthilselvan, J.

    2016-05-01

    A simple and cost effective reverse microemulsion system was newly designed to synthesis NaYF4:20%Yb,2%Er upconverting luminescent nanoparticles. XRD results confirms the cubic structure of NaYF4 nanophosphor in the as prepared condition without any other impurity phases. The as-prepared sample itself having highly crystalline nanoparticle with well dispersed uniform morphology is the advantage of this reverse microemulsion process. HRTEM images of as prepared and calcined samples revealed spherical nanoclusters morphology with size of ~210 nm and ~245 nm respectively. The characteristic absorption wavelength that occurs at 980 nm due to transition of energy levels 2F5/2 to 2F7/2 for Yb3+ rare earth ion in as prepared and calcined upconversion nanoparticle confirms the presence of Yb3+ by UV-Visible spectroscopy which can act as a sensitizer for photonic upconversion. Therefore the absorption at NIR region and emission spectrum at visible region suggests that NaYF4:20%Yb,2%Er is suitable for upcoversion process, due to its optical property and chemical stability this material also be useful for bio imaging applications.

  19. Problematic chemical shifts of a fluorine-labeled surfactant and oil in some microemulsion systems. [Soap is potassium 11-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)undecanoate oil is 1-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)hexane or a mixture of this material with heptane

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    Muller, N.

    1982-05-27

    Fluorine chemical shifts are reported for water/oil/soap/butanol microemulsions in which the soap is potassium 11-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)undecanoate and the oil is 1-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)hexane or a mixture of this material with heptane. In many of the solutions the two fluorinated compounds appear to have identical microenvironments. This reinforces arguments presented recently by others to the effect that microemulsions do not always contain distinct oil-rich and water-rich domains separated by a well-defined interfacial layer.

  20. Trends in the synthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles through reverse microemulsions in hydrocarbon media.

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    Khadzhiev, Salambek N; Kadiev, Khusain M; Yampolskaya, Galina P; Kadieva, Malkan Kh

    2013-09-01

    In recent years, more and more attention is given to production and use of nanoparticles dispersed in hydrocarbon medium and synthesized in reverse microemulsions. In this article the data and research results on synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles in reverse microemulsions are summarized. The major attention is paid to thermochemical approach for nanoparticle synthesis in reverse microemulsions with precursors of Мо, Al, Ni, Co and Fe oxides being active components of the catalysts for petroleum chemistry and refinery. A high efficiency of native crude oil surfactants for the production of catalyst nanoparticles in reverse microemulsions has been found. PMID:23768407

  1. Femtosecond solvation dynamics in a neat ionic liquid and ionic liquid microemulsion: excitation wavelength dependence.

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    Adhikari, Aniruddha; Sahu, Kalyanasis; Dey, Shantanu; Ghosh, Subhadip; Mandal, Ujjwal; Bhattacharyya, Kankan

    2007-11-01

    Solvation dynamics in a neat ionic liquid, 1-pentyl-3-methyl-imidazolium tetra-flouroborate ([pmim][BF4]) and its microemulsion in Triton X-100 (TX-100)/benzene is studied using femtosecond up-conversion. In both the neat ionic liquid and the microemulsion, the solvation dynamics is found to depend on excitation wavelength (lambda(ex)). The lambda(ex) dependence is attributed to structural heterogeneity in neat ionic liquid (IL) and in IL microemulsion. In neat IL, the heterogeneity arises from clustering of the pentyl groups which are surrounded by a network of cation and anions. Such a nanostructural organization is predicted in many recent simulations and observed recently in an X-ray diffraction study. In an IL microemulsion, the surfactant (TX-100) molecules aggregate in form of a nonpolar peripheral shell around the polar pool of IL. The micro-environment in such an assembly varies drastically over a short distance. The dynamic solvent shift (and average solvation time) in neat IL as well as in IL microemulsions decreases markedly as lambda(ex) increases from 375 to 435 nm. In a [pmim][BF4]/water/TX-100/benzene quaternary microemulsion, the solvation dynamics is slower than that in a microemulsion without water. This is ascribed to the smaller size of the water containing microemulsion. The anisotropy decay in an IL microemulsion is found to be faster than that in neat IL. PMID:17944511

  2. Layered structure of room-temperature ionic liquids in microemulsions by multinuclear NMR spectroscopic studies.

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    Falcone, R Dario; Baruah, Bharat; Gaidamauskas, Ernestas; Rithner, Christopher D; Correa, N Mariano; Silber, Juana J; Crans, Debbie C; Levinger, Nancy E

    2011-06-01

    Microemulsions form in mixtures of polar, nonpolar, and amphiphilic molecules. Typical microemulsions employ water as the polar phase. However, microemulsions can form with a polar phase other than water, which hold promise to diversify the range of properties, and hence utility, of microemulsions. Here microemulsions formed by using a room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) as the polar phase were created and characterized by using multinuclear NMR spectroscopy. (1)H, (11)B, and (19)F NMR spectroscopy was applied to explore differences between microemulsions formed by using 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF(4)]) as the polar phase with a cationic surfactant, benzylhexadecyldimethylammonium chloride (BHDC), and a nonionic surfactant, Triton X-100 (TX-100). NMR spectroscopy showed distinct differences in the behavior of the RTIL as the charge of the surfactant head group varies in the different microemulsion environments. Minor changes in the chemical shifts were observed for [bmim](+) and [BF(4)](-) in the presence of TX-100 suggesting that the surfactant and the ionic liquid are separated in the microemulsion. The large changes in spectroscopic parameters observed are consistent with microstructure formation with layering of [bmim](+) and [BF(4)](-) and migration of Cl(-) within the BHDC microemulsions. Comparisons with NMR results for related ionic compounds in organic and aqueous environments as well as literature studies assisted the development of a simple organizational model for these microstructures. PMID:21547960

  3. Formulation and physicochemical properties of macro- and microemulsions prepared by interfacial ion-pair formation between amino acids and fatty acids

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    Woo, G.T.P.

    1987-01-01

    Emulsions were prepared by dissolving an amino acid in the aqueous phase and a fatty acid in the oil phase of the emulsions. When the two phases were mixed, the amino acid and fatty acid formed an ion pair at the oil-water interface which stabilized one phase as small droplets within the other to give a stable emulsion. NMR spectra indicated protonation on the amino groups when a carboxylic acid was added to an aqueous solution of an amino acid. Various hydrocarbons and mineral oil could be emulsified into oil-in-water emulsions with a high volume ratio containing up to 75% internal oil phase. Vegetable oils such as soybean oil, safflower seed oil and cottonseed oil were emulsified to a lesser extent. Both oil-in-water and water-in-oil emulsions could be formed with the same emulsifying agents depending on the phase volume ratio and the order of addition of oil phase to water phase or the reverse. Particle size measurements using laser light-scattering techniques indicated an oil-in-water emulsion mixed by a magnetic stirring bar had an internal droplet size in the range of 0.1 to 0.3 micron. Such emulsions were stable at 50/degrees/ and 60/degrees/C for three to six months. In addition to the macroemulsions described above, completely clear water-in-oil microemulsions can be prepared from the above systems by the addition of long-chain fatty alcohols such as oleyl alcohol. Clear regions of such clear microemulsions were characterized. Microemulsion systems suitable for tertiary oil recovery were also studied. Clear microemulsions prepared by ion-pairing between ammonia and hexanoic acid could contain octane or tetradecane in the form of oil-in-water or water-in-oil microemulsions at a wide range of oil to aqueous ratio.

  4. Microemulsion formed by alkyl polyglucoside and an alkyl glycerol ether with weakly charged films.

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    Fukuda; Olsson; Ueno

    2001-02-01

    We have studied the effects on phase equilibria of a nonionic surfactant mixture-water-oil system when replacing small amount of surfactant molecules by ionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The nonionic surfactant system contains dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside (C(12)AG2) and iso-octyl glyceryl ether (i-C(8)GE) as cosurfactant, water and cyclohexane at constant water to oil ratio of 60/40 (w/w). Adding a small amount of SDS has large impact on the phase behavior. Clear liquid crystalline phase and upper microemulsion phase are added to the phase sequence at high i-C(8)GE/(C(12)AG2+i-C(8)GE) ratio. We also compare the phase equilibria of pure dodecyl maltoside system with polyglucosides mixture system. PMID:11087985

  5. Microemulsions and nanoemulsions: novel vehicles for whitening cosmeceuticals.

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    Boonme, Prapaporn; Junyaprasert, Varaporn B; Suksawad, Nattiya; Songkro, Sarunyoo

    2009-08-01

    For Asian women, white skin is preferable. During the last decade, skin whitening products appear to be the largest and continually growing segment in skin-care market in Asia and have an impaction of economic worth. Skin whitening or lightening agents are as cosmetics which act as a drug-like benefit since melanin producing process of the skin is disturbed and can be classified as cosmeceuticals. To increase efficiency, novel vehicles are necessary for skin penetration enhancement of these agents. Microemulsions and nanoemulsions are one of useful nanocarriers for skin application in view of achieving efficiency of the active substances. Moreover, they can be formulated with ease for active ingredient incorporation, high stability and good appearance. In this review article, applications of well-known whitening or lightening agents were summarized. In addition, the use of microemulsions and nanoemulsions as novel vehicles for whitening products were discussed. PMID:20055083

  6. Interfaces modify the undulation spectrum of bicontinuous microemulsions

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    Holderer, O.; Lipfert, F.; Frielinghaus, H.; Ohl, M.; Richter, D.

    2015-01-01

    Recently, the structure and dynamics of microemulsions adjacent to a planar hydrophilic wall have been characterized using grazing incidence small angle neutron scattering (GISANS) and grazing incidence neutron spin echo (GINSES) spectroscopy, respectively. It has been found that a bicontinuous microemulsion develops a lamellar structure, and that the relaxation rate is faster for a membrane close to the interface compared to the bulk. A model developed by Seifert was employed to explain the discovered acceleration for the near-surface lamellar ordered membranes. In this contribution we present how confinement of a flat interface influences the elastic properties of surfactant membranes and discuss the effect of locally introduced flat interfaces by clay platelets. This analysis sheds light onto the undulation mode spectrum of the surfactant membrane.

  7. Cyclodextrin-mediated enantioseparation in microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Borst, Claudia; Holzgrabe, Ulrike

    2013-01-01

    Chiral separation by means of cyclodextrins has a long-standing tradition in capillary electrophoresis techniques. Here we present a chiral method utilizing the recently introduced microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography. The microemulsion consisting of 1.0% SDS, 4.0% 1-butanol, 3.0% 2-propanol, 0.5% ethylacetate, and 91.5% 20 mM phosphate buffer pH 2.5 serves as a pseudostationary phase which is complemented by sulfated cyclodextrin as a second phase. The analytes partition between the aqueous running buffer and both pseudostationary phases, the oil droplets and the cyclodextrins. Enantiomers are separated due to the formation of transient diastereomeric complexes with the cyclodextrins. For the racemates of ephedrine derivatives studied here sulfated β-cyclodextrin was successfully applied. The method is appropriate to resolve an entire series of chiral phenethylamines and can be used for separation of the racemates and impurity profiling, e.g., the determination of the enantiomeric excess.

  8. DO3SE model applicability and O3 flux performance compared to AOT40 for an O3-sensitive tropical tree species (Psidium guajava L. 'Paluma').

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    Assis, Pedro I L S; Alonso, Rocío; Meirelles, Sérgio T; Moraes, Regina M

    2015-07-01

    Phytotoxic ozone (O3) levels have been recorded in the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo (MRSP). Flux-based critical levels for O3 through stomata have been adopted for some northern hemisphere species, showing better accuracy than with accumulated ozone exposure above a threshold of 40 ppb (AOT40). In Brazil, critical levels for vegetation protection against O3 adverse effects do not exist. The study aimed to investigate the applicability of O3 deposition model (Deposition of Ozone for Stomatal Exchange (DO3SE)) to an O3-sensitive tropical tree species (Psidium guajava L. 'Paluma') under the MRSP environmental conditions, which are very unstable, and to assess the performance of O3 flux and AOT40 in relation to O3-induced leaf injuries. Stomatal conductance (g s) parameterization for 'Paluma' was carried out and used to calculate different rate thresholds (from 0 to 5 nmol O3 m(-2) projected leaf area (PLA) s(-1)) for the phytotoxic ozone dose (POD). The model performance was assessed through the relationship between the measured and modeled g sto. Leaf injuries were analyzed and associated with POD and AOT40. The model performance was satisfactory and significant (R (2) = 0.56; P < 0.0001; root-mean-square error (RMSE) = 116). As already expected, high AOT40 values did not result in high POD values. Although high POD values do not always account for more injuries, POD0 showed better performance than did AOT40 and other different rate thresholds for POD. Further investigation is necessary to improve our model and also to check if there is a critical level of ozone in which leaf injuries arise. The conclusion is that the DO3SE model for 'Paluma' is applicable in the MRSP as well as in temperate regions and may contribute to future directives. PMID:25772875

  9. Retrieval of Maps of PM2.5 Aerosol in the Problematic California Valleys: Bright, Speckled Reflectances, Thin AOT, but High Pollution

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    Chatfield, R. B.

    2015-12-01

    The San Joaquin Valley suffers from severe episodes of respirable aerosol (PM2.5) in wintertime. We provide maps of aerosol episodes using daily snapshots of PM2.5 and its changing features despite numerous difficulties inherent to sampling the region, with special focus on the DISCOVER-AQ period, Jan-Feb 2013, which had many supporting measurements. Both high pollution and retrieval difficulties tend to occur in many Mediterranean agricultural regions. One difficulty is the relatively bright surfaces with considerable exposed soil. NASA's MAIAC and MODIS Deep Blue retrieval techniques are shown to have considerable skill even at low aerosol optical thickness (AOT) values, as evaluated by concurrent AERONET sunphotometer measurements. More significantly, these AOT values can correspond to high daytime PM2.5 since aerosol mixed layer depth is thin and variable, 200m - 600 m. The thin layers derive from typical subsidence of dry air between more stormy periods. This situation provides an advantage: water vapor column is also almost completely limited to a similar mixed layer depth, and can thus serve as a measure of aerosol dilution. The ratio of AOT to column-water-vapor from MODIS products provides two advantages: (1) it can provide a measure related to particle density, via a mixed-layer proxy, and (2) it can ratio out some errors that crop up in the retrieval of very low AOT, e.g. bidirectional reflectance and other angular dependences. These effects are combined, so we disentangle them using AERONET data. Data from the NASA Langley HSRL-2 lidar and in-situ measurements from DISCOVER-AQ are also helpful. At the time of abstract submission, sporadic errors in the column water estimates provide the greatest limitation. Looking to the near future, we suggest why the use of geostationary TEMPO data will allow multiple sampling opportunities per day, supplementary or alternative information for AOT, aerosol absorption, and even column water.

  10. DO3SE model applicability and O3 flux performance compared to AOT40 for an O3-sensitive tropical tree species (Psidium guajava L. 'Paluma').

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    Assis, Pedro I L S; Alonso, Rocío; Meirelles, Sérgio T; Moraes, Regina M

    2015-07-01

    Phytotoxic ozone (O3) levels have been recorded in the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo (MRSP). Flux-based critical levels for O3 through stomata have been adopted for some northern hemisphere species, showing better accuracy than with accumulated ozone exposure above a threshold of 40 ppb (AOT40). In Brazil, critical levels for vegetation protection against O3 adverse effects do not exist. The study aimed to investigate the applicability of O3 deposition model (Deposition of Ozone for Stomatal Exchange (DO3SE)) to an O3-sensitive tropical tree species (Psidium guajava L. 'Paluma') under the MRSP environmental conditions, which are very unstable, and to assess the performance of O3 flux and AOT40 in relation to O3-induced leaf injuries. Stomatal conductance (g s) parameterization for 'Paluma' was carried out and used to calculate different rate thresholds (from 0 to 5 nmol O3 m(-2) projected leaf area (PLA) s(-1)) for the phytotoxic ozone dose (POD). The model performance was assessed through the relationship between the measured and modeled g sto. Leaf injuries were analyzed and associated with POD and AOT40. The model performance was satisfactory and significant (R (2) = 0.56; P < 0.0001; root-mean-square error (RMSE) = 116). As already expected, high AOT40 values did not result in high POD values. Although high POD values do not always account for more injuries, POD0 showed better performance than did AOT40 and other different rate thresholds for POD. Further investigation is necessary to improve our model and also to check if there is a critical level of ozone in which leaf injuries arise. The conclusion is that the DO3SE model for 'Paluma' is applicable in the MRSP as well as in temperate regions and may contribute to future directives.

  11. Stability and composition of palm, coconut and soy oil fatty acid microemulsion diesel fuels

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    Compere, A.L.; Griffith, W.L.; Googin, J.M.

    1985-01-01

    Microemulsions fuels containing fully and partially coconut, palm, and soy fatty acids; varying amounts of C/sub 1/ to C/sub 4/ alcohols; varying amounts of water; and four fuel bases were evaluated between 0 and 60/sup 0/C for stability as a single phase system. In general, ability to form a stable single phase system rose with increasing alcohol chain length, decreasing water, and increasing dispersed phase content. It was possible to form 0 to 60/sup 0/C stable single phase systems in all four fuels tested using 30 to 50% v/v dispersed phase containing 1-butanol and either palm or soy fatty acids. 11 refs., 3 tabs.

  12. Fluorescent liquid pyrene derivative-in-water microemulsions.

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    Hollamby, M J; Danks, A E; Schnepp, Z; Rogers, S E; Hart, S R; Nakanishi, T

    2016-05-31

    A fluorescent liquid pyrene derivative with a high fluorescence quantum yield (65%) in the bulk state is reported. With this as the sole oil phase, stable luminescent oil-in-water microemulsions have been prepared. Increasing the loading of liquid pyrene swells the droplets, as detected by small-angle neutron scattering. These larger droplets have a greater proportion of pyrene excimer emission contribution in their photoluminescence spectra, which leads to a red shift in the chromaticity of the emission. PMID:27194647

  13. The influence of cosurfactants and oils on the formation of pharmaceutical microemulsions based on PEG-8 caprylic/capric glycerides.

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    Djekic, Ljiljana; Primorac, Marija

    2008-03-20

    In the present study the effect of type and concentration of a cosurfactant and oil on the ability of nonionic surfactant PEG-8 caprylic/capric glycerides (Labrasol) to solubilize both oil and water phases was evaluated. Seven different cosurfactants (polyglyceryl-6 dioleate (Plurol Oleique) (PO), polyglyceryl-6 isostearate (Plurol Isostearique (PI), polyglyceryl-4 isostearate (Isolan GI 34) (IGI34), octoxynol-12 (and) polysorbate 20 (Solubilisant gamma) 2421) (SG2421), octoxynol-12 (and) polysorbate 20 (and) PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil (Solubilisant gamma 2429) (SG2429), PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil (Cremophor) RH 40) (CRH40) and diethyleneglycol monoethyl ether (Transcutol) and six oils (isopropyl myristate, ethyl oleate, decyl oleate, medium chain triglycerides, mineral oil and olive oil) were used in phase behaviour studies of a quaternary system Labrasol/cosurfactant/oil/water. The amount of surfactant required to completely homogenize equal masses of oil and water to form a single phase microemulsion (termed as balanced microemulsion) (S min, %w/w), the minimal concentration of the surfactant/cosurfactant blend required to produce a balanced microemulsion (SCoS min, %w/w) as well as the maximum concentration of water solubilized in investigated surfactant/oil and surfactant/cosurfactant/oil mixtures (W(max), %w/w) were determined. The obtained results indicated that Labrasol showed a good efficiency in the presence of lower molecular volume fatty acid esters with a preferred chemical structure such as isopropyl myristate (S min 56.14% (w/w); W(max) 12.28% (w/w)). Oils with high molecular volume (olive oil and mineral oil) do not result in microemulsion formation. Transcutol decreased the capacity of Labrasol for solubilization of oil and water phases. The tendency of Labrasol to solubilize both, water and oil phases, was favoured by polyglycerol-6 ester type of cosurfactants (PO and PI) while the influence of the polyglycerol-4 ester (IGI34) as well as

  14. The use of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography in pharmaceutical analysis.

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    Miola, M F; Snowden, M J; Altria, K D

    1998-12-01

    The use of a single set of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) separation conditions has been assessed for its applicability in the analysis of a range of pharmaceutical compounds. Particular emphasis was placed on neutral or very hydrophobic compounds, which can be difficult to analyse by conventional capillary electrophoresis. The microemulsion employed for the majority of separations consisted of 0.81% w/w octane, 6.61% w/w 1-butanol, 3.31% w/w sodium dodecyl sulphate and 89.27% w/w 10 mM sodium tetraborate buffer. Good separations of methyl, ethyl, butyl and propyl hydroxybenzoates, and a range of ionic and neutral water soluble and insoluble compounds was achieved using a single set of separation conditions. A number of novel applications of MEEKC were developed included the simultaneous determination of the active components and preservatives in liquid formulation and determination of drug related impurities. Improved performance was obtained through use of internal standards and preparation of the samples dissolved in the microemulsion solution. Validation aspects such as linearity, repeatability, accuracy, injection precision and sensitivity were successfully assessed. PMID:9919981

  15. Structural studies of ionic liquid-modified microemulsions.

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    Rojas, Oscar; Koetz, Joachim; Kosmella, Sabine; Tiersch, Brigitte; Wacker, Philipp; Kramer, Markus

    2009-05-15

    This work is focused on the influence of an ionic liquid (IL), i.e. ethyl-methylimidazolium hexylsulfate, on the spontaneous formation of microemulsions with ionic surfactants. The influence of the ionic liquid on structure formation in the optically clear phase region in water/toluene/pentanol mixtures in presence of the cationic surfactant CTAB was studied in more detail. The results show a significant increase of the transparent phase region by adding the ionic liquid. Conductometric investigations demonstrate that adding the ionic liquid can drastically reduce the droplet-droplet interactions in the L(2) phase. (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) diffusion coefficient measurements in combination with dynamic light scattering measurements clearly show that inverse microemulsion droplets still exist, but the droplet size is decreased to 2 nm. A more detailed characterisation of the isotropic phase channel by means of conductivity measurements, dynamic light scattering (DLS), (1)H NMR and cryo-scanning electron microscopy (SEM), allows the identification of a bicontinuous sponge phase between the L(1) and L(2) phase. When the poly(ethyleneimine) is added, the isotropic phase range is reduced drastically, but the inverse microemulsion range still exists. PMID:19278685

  16. Partitioning of complex surfactant mixtures between oil/water/microemulsion phases at high surfactant concentrations

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    Graciaa, A.; Lachaise, J.; Sayous, J.G.; Grenier, P.; Yiv, S.

    1983-06-01

    A model describing the partitioning of surfactant molecules between excess and microemulsion phases which are in equilibrium is proposed. The important parameters characterizing the individual molecules comprising the mixture are the critical micelle concentrations in water and the partition coefficients between oil and water phases. The model considers the existence of a separate surfactant phase which is the palisade layer of a micelle and leads to predictions for both fractionation and phase concentrations of surfactant. Predictions based on this model have been compared to experimentally determined quantities and the agreement is good for all cases tested. The model leads to a relatively simple mathematical formulation which can be used to study the effect of varying the overall system surfactant concentration and of changing the system water-to-oil ratio. 21 references.

  17. Antimicrobial activity of curcumin-loaded myristic acid microemulsions against Staphylococcus epidermidis.

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    Liu, Chi-Hsien; Huang, Hsin-Ying

    2012-01-01

    The bactericidal properties of myristic acid and curcumin were revealed in a number of studies. However, whether curcumin-loaded myristic acid microemulsions can be used to inhibit Staphylococcus epidermidis, which causes nosocomial infections, has not been reported. Our aim was to develop curcumin-loaded myristic acid microemulsions to inhibit S. epidermidis on the skin. The interfacial tension, size distribution, and viscosity data of the microemulsions were characterized to elucidate the physicochemical properties of the curcumin microemulsions. Curcumin distribution in neonate pig skin was visualized using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Dermal curcumin accumulation (326 µg/g skin) and transdermal curcumin penetration (87 µg/cm(2)/d) were obtained with the microemulsions developed herein. Curcumin at the concentration of 0.86 µg/mL in the myristic acid microemulsion could inhibit 50% of the bacterial growth, which was 12 times more effective than curcumin dissolved in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The cocktail combination of myristic acid and curcumin in the microemulsion carrier synergistically inhibited the growth of S. epidermidis. The results we obtained highlight the potential of using curcumin-loaded microemulsions as an alternative treatment for S. epidermidis-associated diseases and acne vulgaris. PMID:22976319

  18. Enhancement of nitrate-induced bioremediation in marine sediments contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons by using microemulsions.

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    Zhang, Zhen; Zheng, Guanyu; Lo, Irene M C

    2015-06-01

    The effect of microemulsion on the biodegradation of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) in nitrate-induced bioremediation of marine sediment was investigated in this study. It was shown that the microemulsion formed with non-ionic surfactant polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate (Tween 80), 1-pentanol, linseed oil, and either deionized water or seawater was stable when subjected to dilution by seawater. Desorption tests revealed that microemulsion was more effective than the Tween 80 solution or the solution containing Tween 80 and 1-pentanol to desorb TPH from marine sediment. In 3 weeks of bioremediation treatment, the injection of microemulsion and NO3 (-) seems to have delayed the autotrophic denitrification between NO3 (-) and acid volatile sulfide (AVS) in sediment compared to the control with NO3 (-) injection alone. However, after 6 weeks of treatment, the delaying effect of microemulsion on the autotrophic denitrification process was no longer observed. In the meantime, the four injections of microemulsion and NO3 (-) resulted in as high as 29.73 % of TPH degradation efficiency, higher than that of two injections of microemulsion and NO3 (-) or that of four or two injections of NO3 (-) alone. These results suggest that microemulsion can be potentially applied to enhance TPH degradation in the nitrate-induced bioremediation of marine sediment.

  19. Preparation and characterization of microemulsion of cilostazol for enhancement of oral bioavailability.

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    Patel, Samir G; Rajput, Sadhana J; Groshev, Anastasia; Sutariya, Vijaykumar B

    2014-01-01

    Cilostazol is a promising drug for antiplatelet combination therapy that is very important for treatment for various cardiovascular disorders. However, oral delivery of this drug is greatly impeded by the poor solubility in aqueous solutions. The aim of this study was to develop microemulsion (ME) delivery system capable of improving the drug bioavailability. In this study, Capmul MCM C8 (glycerol monocaprylate) based MEs containing Tween 20(polysorbate 20) and/or Labrafil M 1944(poly oxyglycerides) as surfactant(S) and Transcutol P(diethyl glycol monoethyl ether) as cosurfactant(CoS) were studied as potential delivery systems of cilostazol. A number of such systems were prepared containing different S:CoS ratios(1:1, 2:1 and 3:1) based on phase diagrams. Loading of cilostazol was selected as per solubilization capacity and was characterized for pH, viscosity, conductivity, particle size, zeta potential and % transmittance. The MEs systems were further investigated for chemical stability, diffusion and bioavailability. Cilostazol displayed high solubility in microemulsions with particle size up to 70 nm. It was also stable at ambient temperature up to 6 months without significant change in particle size, zeta potential, and % transmittance. Dilution up to 100 fold with aqueous medium observed a visible cloudiness having a particle size up to 104 nm. The in vitro release, and ex vivo intraduodenal diffusion, and in vivo study indicated the capacity of developed ME to improve the bioavailability (1.43 fold) via oral route administration when compared with commercially available tablets (Pletoz-50). PMID:24274587

  20. Vectorially photoinduced electron-transfer processes across water-in-oil interfaces of microemulsions

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    Willner, I.; Otvos, J.W.; Calvin, M.

    1980-07-01

    Artificial photosynthetic devices are potential fuel sources. The basic idea in the design of such devices is a photosensitized electron-transfer that yields chemical species capable of reducing and oxidizing water to hydrogen and oxygen. A fundamental difficulty in effecting this transfer is the thermodynamically favored back reactions of the intermediary redox species. An interfacial model composed of a water-in-oil microemulsion is suggested to provide the separation of these redox species, thereby preventing back-reactions. This model is designed to accomplish the photodecomposition of water in two separate water-in-oil microemulsions coupled by a redox reaction. Phase-transfer of one of the redox products from the water-in-oil interface to the continuous organic phase is the principle by which separation is achieved. The oxidation and reduction sites of the general model have been constructed. One system includes the photosensitized oxidation of a donor, EDTA, solubilized in the water pool, benzylnicotinamide acts as a primary acceptor that mediates by the phase transfer principle the reduction of a secondary acceptor, dimethylamino-azobenzene, solubilized in the continuous organic phase. In system two, involving the photosensitized reduction of methyl viologen, by tris(2,2'bipyridine)Ru(2+), thioophenol is used as the donor and its oxidation product is phase transferred to the continuous organic phase. The photoinduced processes accomplished in the two systems proceed along an uphill gradient of free energy. Two water soluble zinc-porphyrins can substitute for the Ru(2+) complex in the second system. As the two Zn-porphyrins are oppositely charged, the effect of electrostatic interactions on the quantum yields of viologen reduction could be evaluated. The results suggest that the surface charge of the wateroil interface strongly influences the efficiency of electron-transfer.

  1. Bitargeted microemulsions based on coix seed ingredients for enhanced hepatic tumor delivery and synergistic therapy.

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    Qu, Ding; Sun, Wenjie; Liu, Mingjian; Liu, Yuping; Zhou, Jing; Chen, Yan

    2016-04-30

    A hepatic tumor bitargeted microemulsions drug delivery system using coix seed oil and coix seed polysaccharide (CP) acting as anticancer components, as well as functional excipients, was developed for enhanced tumor-specific accumulation by CP-mediated enhancement on passive tumor targeting and modification of galactose stearate (tumor-targeted ligand). In the physicochemical characteristics studies, galactose stearate-modified coix seed multicomponent microemulsions containing 30% CP (w%) (Gal-C-MEs) had a well-defined spherical shape with a small size (47.63 ± 1.41 nm), a narrow polydispersity index (PDI, 0.101 ± 0.002), and a nearly neutral surface charge (-4.37 ± 1.76 mV). The half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) of Gal-C-MEs against HepG2 cells was 70.2 μg/mL, which decreased by 1.8-fold in comparison with that of coix seed multicomponent microemulsions (C-MEs). The fluorescence intensity of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-loaded Gal-C-MEs (FITC-Gal-C-MEs) internalized by HepG2 cells was 1.8-fold higher than that of FITC-loaded C-MEs (FIT C-C-MEs), but the cellular uptake of the latter became reduce by 1.6-fold when the weight ratio of CP decreased up to 10%. In the cell apoptosis studies, C-MEs (containing 30% CP) did not show a significant difference with Gal-C-MEs, but exhibited 3.3-fold and 1.5-fold increase relative to C-MEs containing 10% CP and 20% CP, respectively. In the in vivo tumor targeting studies, Cy5-loaded Gal-C-MEs (Cy5-Gal-C-MEs), notably distributed in the tumor sites and still found even at 48 h post-administration, displayed the strongest capability of tumor tissue accumulation and retention among all the test groups. Most importantly, Gal-C-MEs had stronger inhibition of tumor growth, prolonged survival time and more effectively tumor cell apoptosis induction in comparison with C-MEs containing different amounts of CP, which further confirmed that a certain amount of CP and tumor-targeted ligand were of great importance to

  2. Mimicking natural fibrous structures of opals by means of a microemulsion-mediated hydrothermal method.

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    Hassan, Natalia; Verdinelli, Valeria; Ruso, Juan M; Messina, Paula V

    2011-07-19

    Silica-based nanomaterials are of great interest because of their potential applications in constructing electronic and optoelectronic nanodevices. Especially significant are those that combine the properties of photonic crystal with a fibrous semiconductor structure. Here we report the use of microemulsion droplet systems as a simple and controllable route for the synthesis of 3D opals materials with an unusual fibrous microstructure similar to those that exist in nature. By this method, we demonstrate the creation of very long fibrils of 30-50 nm diameter and more than 20 μm length showing simultaneous short and long wavelength light emissions and band gap values (5.50 and 4.41 eV) comparable to those obtained for silicon-based metal oxide semiconductors.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of Fe-Co catalyst prepared via reverse microemulsion method

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    Mohd Zabidi, Noor Asmawati; Abdul Aziz, Muhammad Nur Azizi; Ali, Sardar; Taha, Mohd Faisal

    2012-09-01

    This paper reports the characterization of bimetallic catalyst systems comprising cobalt and iron on CNTs support prepared via reverse microemulsion method. The properties of the bimetallic catalyst were characterized using TEM, FESEM and N2 adsorption. Based on TEM analyses, the calculated average particle sizes ranged from 4.6 nm to 5.2 nm for the various catalyst compositions. The performance of the Co-based catalyst in a Fischer-Tropsch reaction was evaluated in a fixed-bed reactor at 220°C, 1 atm and H2/CO v/v ratio of 2:1 v/v and space velocity of 12 L/g.h. Amongst the catalysts tested, the 90Co10Fe/CNTs resulted in the highest CO conversion of 14.1% whereas the 100Co/CNTs resulted in the highest C5+ hydrocarbon selectivity.

  4. A review of developments in the methodology and application of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Ryan, Richie; Altria, Kevin; McEvoy, Eamon; Donegan, Sheila; Power, Joe

    2013-01-01

    MEEKC is a mode of CE, which utilizes microemulsion (ME) as the BGE to achieve separation of a diverse range of analytes. MEs are composed of nanometer-sized oil droplets suspended in aqueous buffer which are stabilized by the presence of a surfactant and co-surfactant. These MEs are commonly referred to as oil-in-water MEs and their application in MEEKC has been extensively examined. This review details advances in the theory, methodology, and application of MEEKC during the period 2010-2012. Areas covered include online sample concentration, advances in chiral separations, use of coated capillaries, chemometric approaches, and the use of novel additives to the ME system. This review also provides the reader with an introduction to MEEKC and a presentation of recent applications.

  5. Second virial coefficient of bmimBF4/triton X-100/ cyclohexane ionic liquid microemulsion as investigated by microcalorimetry.

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

    2008-04-01

    The second virial coefficient of the ionic liquid (IL) microemulsion was obtained for the first time using microcalorimetry. The heat of dilution of the microemulsion solutions was measured by isothermal titration microcalorimetry (ITC), and the second virial coefficient was derived from the heat of dilution and the number density of the IL microemulsion solutions on the basis of a hard-sphere interaction potential assumption and as a function of the second-order polynomial. The validity of the second virial coefficient was confirmed by the percolation behavior of different ionic liquid microemulsion solutions of Triton X-100 in cyclohexane with or without added salts. The information obtained from the second virial coefficient shows that the interactions between ionic liquid microemulsion droplets are much stronger than those for traditional microemulsions, which may be attributed to the relatively larger size of the microemulsion droplets. PMID:18312017

  6. Fluorescence probe studies of the interactions between poly(oxyethylene) and surfactant micelles and microemulsion droplets in aqueous solutions

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    Zana, R.; Lianos, P.; Lang, J.

    1985-01-03

    The interaction between poly(ethylene oxide) (POE) and the aggregates present in micellar solutions of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), mixed micellar solutions of SDS + 1-pentanol, and oil in water microemulsions made of SDS + 1-pentanol + oil (dodecane or toluene) has been investigated by means of fluorescence probing methods. It is shown that the addition of POE results in a decrease of the aggregation number of SDS in the aggregates present in all the systems investigated. Most likely this decrease is due to the adsorption of the POE chain in the micelle palisade layer and the ensuing increase of micelle ionization. 22 references, 5 figures, 2 tables.

  7. RAFT microemulsion polymerization with surface-active chain transfer agent

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    El-Hedok, Ibrahim Adnan

    The work described in this dissertation focuses on enhancing the polymer nanoparticle synthesis using RAFT (reversible-addition fragmentation chain transfer) in microemulsion polymerization in order to achieve predetermined molecular weight with narrow molecular weight polydispersity. The hypothesis is that the use of an amphiphilic chain transfer agent (surface-active CTA) will confine the CTA to the surface of the particle and thermodynamically favor partitioning of the CTA between micelles and particles throughout the polymerization. Thus, the CTA diffusion from micelles to polymer particles would be minimized and the breadth of the CTA per particle distribution would remain low. We report the successful improved synthesis of poly(butyl acrylate), poly(ethyl acrylate), and poly(styrene) nanoparticles using the RAFT microemulsion polymerization with surface-active CTA. The polymerization kinetics, polymer characteristics and latex size experimental data are presented. The data analysis indicates that the CTA remains partitioned between the micelles and particles by the end of the polymerization, as expected. We also report the synthesis of well-defined core/shell poly(styrene)/poly(butyl acrylate) nanoparticle, having polydispersity index value of 1.1, using semi-continuous microemulsion polymerization with the surface-active CTA. The surface-active CTA restricts the polymerization growth to the surface of the particle, which facilitates the formation of a shell block co-polymers with each subsequent second monomer addition instead of discrete homopolymers. This synthesis method can be used to create a wide range of core/shell polymer nanoparticles with well-defined morphology, given the right feeding conditions.

  8. Laboratory studies on acid-oil microemulsion for use in acidizing

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    Zhou Yasong; Chen Yuezhu; Sun Yuehua

    1996-12-31

    Two serious of anionic-nonionic surfactants, alkylphenol polyoxyethylene ether phosphates (OPP-n) and sodium salts of carboxymethyl alkylphenol polyoxyethylene ether (OPC-n), where n denotes the average EO number in the molecular, are synthesized to prepare the acid/oil Microemulsions for acidizing. Through components screening tests a work formulation of acidizing microemulsion is established: 13.0% OPP-10, 3.0% OPC-25, 30% n-Hexanol, 36.7% Kerosine and 18.3%(15.0%-concentrated) Hydrochloric Acid. This microemulsion reacts with marble at 30{degrees}C and atmospheric pressure with the lowest acid consuming rate as compared with other retarded acid fluids. Calcium ion accelerates the acid/marble reaction and the suggested microemulsion can tolerate up to 0.69%(W) Calcium ion. No aqueous phase would be separated from the microemulsion until all acid exhausted. The acid/oil microemulsions can be recommended for both matrix and fracture acidizing in depth. The transmission of hydrogen ion in the microemulsion is investigated by using a liquid film supported by solid (SLMS) technique. The mechanism {open_quotes}transmission by exchanging{close_quotes} is suggested. 2 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Organic solvents induce the formation of oil-in-ionic liquid microemulsion aggregations.

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    Gao, Yanan; Li, Na; Zhang, Shaohua; Zheng, Liqiang; Li, Xinwei; Dong, Bin; Yu, Li

    2009-02-01

    The role of four organic solvents in the formation process of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF4) based ionic liquid (IL) microemulsions is investigated. The results showed that the addition of Triton X-100 remarkably decreased the conductivity of bmimBF4. The added organic solvents provided a strong apolar environment for the hydrophobic tails of Triton X-100 and caused the surfactant molecules to aggregate into the interfacial film of oil-in-bmimBF4 (O/IL) microemulsions. As a result, the conductivities of the solutions were initially increased because the insulative Triton X-100 molecules were assembled, which corresponded to increasing the concentration of continuous bmimBF4 solutions. The hydrophobic interaction between the dispersed organic solvents and the hydrophobic tails of Triton X-100 may be the driving force for the formation of O/IL microemulsions. The droplets of O/IL microemulsions were successively swollen by organic solvents, and a bicontinuous IL-containing microemulsion was observed by freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy for the first time. The current study can help in further understanding the ILs-containing microemulsions and thereby improve microemulsion theory. PMID:19138136

  10. Antimicrobial properties of microemulsions formulated with essential oils, soybean oil, and Tween 80.

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    Ma, Qiumin; Davidson, P Michael; Zhong, Qixin

    2016-06-01

    It was previously found that blending soybean oil with cinnamon bark oil (CBO), eugenol or thyme oil, Tween 80, and equal masses of water and propylene glycol could be used to prepare microemulsions. In the present study, the objective was to determine the antimicrobial activity of the microemulsions in tryptic soy broth (TSB) and 2% reduced fat milk. In TSB, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of CBO solubilized in microemulsions was up to 625 ppm against cocktails of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica or Escherichia coli O157:H7, which was equal to or higher in concentration than free CBO dissolved in ethanol. However, MICs of eugenol or thyme oil in microemulsions were much higher than that of free antimicrobials. Therefore, microemulsions of CBO were chosen to do further study. Inactivation curves of L. monocytogenes or E. coli O157:H7 in TSB or 2% reduced fat milk were tested and fitted using the Weibull model. In TSB, a gradual decrease in cell viability of L. monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7 was observed with the microemulsion treatments at 625 ppm CBO, which was in contrast to the more rapid and greater inactivation by free CBO. Gradual inactivation of L. monocytogenes in 2% reduced fat milk was also observed in the treatment with 10,000 ppm free or microemulsified CBO. When fitted using the Weibull model, the predicted time to obtain a 3-log decrease of L. monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7 in TSB or 2% reduced fat milk increased with an increased amount of soybean oil in microemulsions. Additionally, increasing the amount of Tween 80 in mixtures with different mass ratios of Tween 80 and essential oils significantly decreased the log reductions of L. monocytogenes in TSB. Our study showed that microemulsions can be used to dissolve EOs and control the rate of inactivating bacteria, but the composition of microemulsions is to be carefully chosen to minimize the reduction of antimicrobial activities.

  11. Antimicrobial properties of microemulsions formulated with essential oils, soybean oil, and Tween 80.

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    Ma, Qiumin; Davidson, P Michael; Zhong, Qixin

    2016-06-01

    It was previously found that blending soybean oil with cinnamon bark oil (CBO), eugenol or thyme oil, Tween 80, and equal masses of water and propylene glycol could be used to prepare microemulsions. In the present study, the objective was to determine the antimicrobial activity of the microemulsions in tryptic soy broth (TSB) and 2% reduced fat milk. In TSB, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of CBO solubilized in microemulsions was up to 625 ppm against cocktails of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica or Escherichia coli O157:H7, which was equal to or higher in concentration than free CBO dissolved in ethanol. However, MICs of eugenol or thyme oil in microemulsions were much higher than that of free antimicrobials. Therefore, microemulsions of CBO were chosen to do further study. Inactivation curves of L. monocytogenes or E. coli O157:H7 in TSB or 2% reduced fat milk were tested and fitted using the Weibull model. In TSB, a gradual decrease in cell viability of L. monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7 was observed with the microemulsion treatments at 625 ppm CBO, which was in contrast to the more rapid and greater inactivation by free CBO. Gradual inactivation of L. monocytogenes in 2% reduced fat milk was also observed in the treatment with 10,000 ppm free or microemulsified CBO. When fitted using the Weibull model, the predicted time to obtain a 3-log decrease of L. monocytogenes and E. coli O157:H7 in TSB or 2% reduced fat milk increased with an increased amount of soybean oil in microemulsions. Additionally, increasing the amount of Tween 80 in mixtures with different mass ratios of Tween 80 and essential oils significantly decreased the log reductions of L. monocytogenes in TSB. Our study showed that microemulsions can be used to dissolve EOs and control the rate of inactivating bacteria, but the composition of microemulsions is to be carefully chosen to minimize the reduction of antimicrobial activities. PMID:27016636

  12. Ultrafast FRET in a room temperature ionic liquid microemulsion: a femtosecond excitation wavelength dependence study.

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    Adhikari, Aniruddha; Das, Dibyendu Kumar; Sasmal, Dibyendu Kumar; Bhattacharyya, Kankan

    2009-04-23

    Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from coumarin 480 (C480) to rhodamine 6G (R6G) is studied in a room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) microemulsion by picosecond and femtosecond emission spectroscopy. The microemulsion is comprised of the RTIL 1-pentyl-3-methylimidazolium tetraflouroborate, [pmim][BF4], in TX-100/ benzene. We have studied the microemulsion with and without water. The time constants of FRET were obtained from the risetime of the acceptor (R6G) emission. In the RTIL microemulsion, FRET occurs on multiple time scales: 1, 250, and 3900 ps. In water containing RTIL microemulsion, the rise components are 1.5, 250, and 3900 ps. The 1 and 1.5 ps components are assigned to FRET at a close contact of donor and acceptor (RDA approximately 12 A). This occurs within the highly polar (RTIL/water) pool of the microemulsion. With increase in the excitation wavelength (lambdaex) from 375 to 435 nm, the relative contribution of the ultrafast component of FRET (1 ps) increases from 4% to 100% in the RTIL microemulsion and 12% to 100% in the water containing RTIL microemulsion. It is suggested that at lambdaex = 435 nm, mainly the highly polar RTIL pool is probed where FRET is very fast due to the close proximity of the donor and the acceptor. The very long 3900 ps (RDA approximately 45 A) component may arise from FRET from a donor in the outer periphery of the microemulsion to an acceptor in the polar RTIL pool. The 250 ps component (RDA approximately 29 A) is assigned to FRET from a donor inside the surfactant chains. PMID:19127996

  13. Preparation and characterization of CuI nanorods using Cu(dmg) 2 as precursor via water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions

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    Li, Xue-Liang; Zhu, Xiao-Yun; Duan, Ti-Lan; Qian, Yi-Tai

    2006-06-01

    CuI nanorods have been firstly prepared by water-in-oil microemulsions using Cu(dmg) 2 as precursor at low temperature as low as 70 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements show that the CuI nanorods are pure γ-phase crystals with diameters ranging from 50 to 80 nm and lengths up to 500 nm. UV-vis spectrum reveals that the nanorods exhibit a blue shift and possess of wider band gap energy. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) reveals the nanorods own larger grain boundary resistance. Results of comparative experiments indicate that the rod-like structure of Cu(dmg) 2 crystals leads the CuI crystals growing in one direction especially and the reverse microemulsion system plays a crucial role in making products symmetrical and uniform.

  14. Microemulsions as model fluids for enhanced oil recovery: dynamics adjacent to planar hydrophilic walls

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    Frielinghaus, H.; Holderer, O.; Lipfert, F.; Kerscher, M.; Mattauch, S.; Richter, D.

    2012-10-01

    After the dynamics of microemulsions adjacent to a planar hydrophilic wall have been characterized using grazing incidence neutron spin echo spectroscopy, the model of Seifert was employed to explain the discovered acceleration for the surface near lamellar ordered membranes. Reflections of hydrodynamic waves by the wall - or the volume conservation between the membrane and the wall - explain faster relaxations and, therefore, a lubrication effect that is important for flow fields in narrow pores. The whole scenery is now spectated by using different scenarios of a bicontinuous microemulsion exposed to clay particles and of a lamellar microemulsion adjacent to a planar wall. The Seifert concept could successfully be transferred to the new problems.

  15. Optimizing cosurfactant in microemulsion for specific oil

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    Vinatieri, J. E.

    1980-12-16

    In one aspect of the invention a surfactant system comprising water, electrolyte, a surfactant, and a cosurfactant, the system is optimized by equilibrating a series of surfactant systems having different cosurfactants, with oil corresponding to that in the reservoir to be produced and selecting a system having the desired distribution of the cosurfactant into both the oil and the aqueous phases. Preferably, the cosurfactant migrates into the oil phase such that it is present in the upper oil phase and lower aqueous phase in approximately equal amounts. In another aspect, oil is recovered using a surfactant system having a distribution coefficient within the range of 0.6 to 1.5, preferably 0.8 to 1.2, most preferably about 1.

  16. Determination of food colorants by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Huang, Hsi-Ya; Chuang, Chia-Ling; Chiu, Chen-Wen; Chung, Ming-Che

    2005-02-01

    A microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) method was developed to analyze and detect eight food colorants (tartrazine, fast green FCF, brilliant blue FCF, allura red AC, indigo carmine, sunset yellow FCF, new coccine, and carminic acid), which are commonly used as food additives in various food products. The effects of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant, organic modifier, cosurfactant, and oil were examined in order to optimize the separation. The amount of organic modifier (acetonitrile) and SDS surfactant were determined as apparent influences on the separation resolution while the type of oil and cosurfactant rarely affected the separation selectivity of the eight colorants. A highly efficient MEEKC separation method, where the eight colorants were separated with baseline resolution within 14 min, was achieved by using a microemulsion solution of pH 2.0 containing 3.31% SDS, 0.81% octane, 6.61% 1-butanol, and 10% acetonitrile. This optimal MEEKC method has a higher separation efficiency and similar detection limit when compared to conventional capillary electrophoresis (CE) method. Furthermore, a sample pretreatment is rarely needed when this MEEKC technique is used to analyze colorants in food products, whereas a suitable sample pretreatment (for example solid-phase extraction) has to be employed prior to CE separation in order to eliminate matrix interferences resulting from the constituents of the food sample. PMID:15669007

  17. Exploration of the presence of bulk-like water in AOT reverse micelles and water-in-oil nanodroplets: the role of charged interfaces, confinement size and properties of water.

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    Hande, Vrushali R; Chakrabarty, Suman

    2016-08-21

    The properties of water in a confined environment can be drastically different than the bulk water. In a confined system, e.g. the interior of a reverse micelle, there exist at least two distinct regions namely "interfacial water" characterized by markedly slower dynamics, and "core water", which may resemble bulk water for a larger size of the water pool. Using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, we systematically investigate the presence of bulk-like water in AOT reverse micelles (RMs) with varying size given by w0 = [H2O]/[AOT] = 10, 15 and 20. In order to understand the effect of the negatively charged interface of the RM, we have performed control studies for the model systems of water-in-oil (isooctane) nanodroplets with the same size of the water pool as the RM systems. In order to quantify the deviations from bulk-like behavior, we have used three kinds of structural order parameters, namely (i) number density to probe the local translational ordering, (ii) tetrahedral order and hydrogen bond distribution to probe the local orientational ordering, and (iii) dipolar orientation relative to the radial vector to capture the global orientational ordering of the water dipoles. We demonstrate that the size of the "core water" region that resembles bulk water decreases in the above order, i.e. orientational order parameters of water molecules are perturbed by the charged interface to a larger length scale as compared to the translational order. We have compared the translational and rotational dynamics of the water molecules for the interfacial and core regions to find that the slower dynamics persists even for the core water for the size range that we have studied although to a much lesser extent as compared to the interfacial water. Moreover, we demonstrate that the hydrophobic interface in the water-in-oil nanodroplets has a much weaker effect on the structure and dynamics of the confined water molecules as compared to the anionic RMs. Thus, the major

  18. In situ delivery of thermosensitive gel-mediated 5-fluorouracil microemulsion for the treatment of colorectal cancer

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    Wang, Lu-Lu; Huang, Shuai; Guo, Hui-Hui; Han, Yan-Xing; Zheng, Wen-Sheng; Jiang, Jian-Dong

    2016-01-01

    In situ administration of 5-fluorouracil (5FU) “thermosensitive” gel effectively reduced systemic side effects in treating colon rectal cancer; however, the penetration efficacy of the formulation was considerably low due to the poor lipid solubility of 5FU. The aim of this study was to develop thermosensitive gel-mediated 5FU water-in-oil microemulsion (TG-5FU-ME) for improving the infiltration of 5FU. An in vitro release test showed that TG-5FU-ME sustained the drug’s release up to 10 hours. TG-5FU-ME exhibited good stability, and the microemulsion entrapped did not show any change in morphology and 5FU content during the 4-month storage. Transportation test in the Caco-2 cell monolayer showed that TG-5FU-ME had a permeability 6.3 times higher than that of 5FU thermosensitive gel, and the intracellular uptake of 5FU increased by 5.4-fold compared to that of 5FU thermosensitive gel. In vivo tissue distribution analysis exhibited that the TG-5FU-ME group had drug levels in rectal tissue and mesenteric lymph nodes, which were significantly higher than those of 5FU thermosensitive gel group, with very low blood levels of 5FU in both groups. Furthermore, TG-5FU-ME was not associated with detectable morphological damage to the rectal tissue. Conclusively, TG-5FU-ME might be an efficient rectal delivery system to treat colorectal cancer.

  19. In situ delivery of thermosensitive gel-mediated 5-fluorouracil microemulsion for the treatment of colorectal cancer

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    Wang, Lu-Lu; Huang, Shuai; Guo, Hui-Hui; Han, Yan-Xing; Zheng, Wen-Sheng; Jiang, Jian-Dong

    2016-01-01

    In situ administration of 5-fluorouracil (5FU) “thermosensitive” gel effectively reduced systemic side effects in treating colon rectal cancer; however, the penetration efficacy of the formulation was considerably low due to the poor lipid solubility of 5FU. The aim of this study was to develop thermosensitive gel-mediated 5FU water-in-oil microemulsion (TG-5FU-ME) for improving the infiltration of 5FU. An in vitro release test showed that TG-5FU-ME sustained the drug’s release up to 10 hours. TG-5FU-ME exhibited good stability, and the microemulsion entrapped did not show any change in morphology and 5FU content during the 4-month storage. Transportation test in the Caco-2 cell monolayer showed that TG-5FU-ME had a permeability 6.3 times higher than that of 5FU thermosensitive gel, and the intracellular uptake of 5FU increased by 5.4-fold compared to that of 5FU thermosensitive gel. In vivo tissue distribution analysis exhibited that the TG-5FU-ME group had drug levels in rectal tissue and mesenteric lymph nodes, which were significantly higher than those of 5FU thermosensitive gel group, with very low blood levels of 5FU in both groups. Furthermore, TG-5FU-ME was not associated with detectable morphological damage to the rectal tissue. Conclusively, TG-5FU-ME might be an efficient rectal delivery system to treat colorectal cancer. PMID:27660416

  20. Influence of Conformational Asymmetry on the Phase Behavior of Ternary Homopolymer/Block Copolymer Blends around the Bicontinuous Microemulsion Channel

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    Zhou, Ning; Lodge, Timothy; Bates, Frank

    2006-03-01

    We have developed a new ternary polymeric system, poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) (PEP) / poly(butylene oxide) (PBO) / PEP-PBO, to study the complex phase behavior near the bicontinuous microemulsion phase channel. The molecular weights of the PEP and PBO homopolymers are 2600 and 3050 g/mol, respectively, and copolymer is 23.4 kg/mol with volume fraction composition fPBO = 0.49. A combination of small-angle neutron scattering, small-angle X-ray scattering, rheology, optical microscopy and visual oil bath measurements was employed to map out the phase diagrams at five fixed homopolymer PBO/PEP ratios, ranging from 40/60 to 60/40 by volume, with copolymer concentrations ranging from 0 to 100%. It was found that the bicontinuous microemulsion channel is consistently cut off at low temperature by a hexagonal phase. We attribute this phenomenon to the effect of the conformational asymmetry between the PEP and PBO species, whereby the more flexible PBO component induces a spontaneous curvature toward the PBO domains. These findings complement previous descriptions of the isopleth phase diagrams for the A/B/A-B systems, and identify a new design variable for preparing bicontinuous phases.

  1. D-optimal experimental approach for designing topical microemulsion of itraconazole: Characterization and evaluation of antifungal efficacy against a standardized Tinea pedis infection model in Wistar rats.

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    Kumar, Neeraj; Shishu

    2015-01-25

    The study aims to statistically develop a microemulsion system of an antifungal agent, itraconazole for overcoming the shortcomings and adverse effects of currently used therapies. Following preformulation studies like solubility determination, component selection and pseudoternary phase diagram construction, a 3-factor D-optimal mixture design was used for optimizing a microemulsion having desirable formulation characteristics. The factors studied for sixteen experimental trials were percent contents (w/w) of water, oil and surfactant, whereas the responses investigated were globule size, transmittance, drug skin retention and drug skin permeation in 6h. Optimized microemulsion (OPT-ME) was incorporated in Carbopol based hydrogel to improve topical applicability. Physical characterization of the formulations was performed using particle size analysis, transmission electron microscopy, texture analysis and rheology behavior. Ex vivo studies carried out in Wistar rat skin depicted that the optimized formulation enhanced drug skin retention and permeation in 6h in comparison to conventional cream and Capmul 908P oil solution of itraconazole. The in vivo evaluation of optimized formulation was performed using a standardized Tinea pedis model in Wistar rats and the results of the pharmacodynamic study, obtained in terms of physical manifestations, fungal-burden score, histopathological profiles and oxidative stress. Rapid remission of Tinea pedis from rats treated with OPT-ME formulation was observed in comparison to commercially available therapies (ketoconazole cream and oral itraconazole solution), thereby indicating the superiority of microemulsion hydrogel formulation over conventional approaches for treating superficial fungal infections. The formulation was stable for a period of twelve months under refrigeration and ambient temperature conditions. All results, therefore, suggest that the OPT-ME can prove to be a promising and rapid alternative to conventional

  2. Microemulsion-based lycopene extraction: Effect of surfactants, co-surfactants and pretreatments.

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    Amiri-Rigi, Atefeh; Abbasi, Soleiman

    2016-04-15

    Lycopene is a potent antioxidant that has received extensive attention recently. Due to the challenges encountered with current methods of lycopene extraction using hazardous solvents, industry calls for a greener, safer and more efficient process. The main purpose of present study was application of microemulsion technique to extract lycopene from tomato pomace. In this respect, the effect of eight different surfactants, four different co-surfactants, and ultrasound and enzyme pretreatments on lycopene extraction efficiency was examined. Experimental results revealed that application of combined ultrasound and enzyme pretreatments, saponin as a natural surfactant, and glycerol as a co-surfactant, in the bicontinuous region of microemulsion was the optimal experimental conditions resulting in a microemulsion containing 409.68±0.68 μg/glycopene. The high lycopene concentration achieved, indicates that microemulsion technique, using a low-cost natural surfactant could be promising for a simple and safe separation of lycopene from tomato pomace and possibly from tomato industrial wastes.

  3. Thermal Degradation Studies on Polyaniline-Polypyrrole Copolymers Prepared by Microemulsion Methods

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    Prasannan, A.; Somanathan, N.; Hong, Po-Da

    2010-05-01

    Solvent- and water-based microemulsions of aniline and pyrrole copolymers were synthesized, and the thermal degradation properties of the copolymers were studied. The morphology of the copolymers prepared using solvent-based microemulsions containing 80 % aniline in the feed showed highly oriented, crystalline, ordered long nano-fibers which were even more structured than that of pure aniline prepared by the same method. The influence of the degree of crystallinity calculated from X-ray diffraction and morphology had an overlap with thermal degradation and activation energies of different transitions. Copolymers prepared with water-based microemulsions were thermally less stable than the ones prepared using solvent-based microemulsions. The concentration of pyrrole and aniline mutually influenced the thermal properties of the copolymers.

  4. Development and optimization of an analytical method for the determination of UV filters in suntan lotions based on microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Klampfl, Christian W; Leitner, Tanja; Hilder, Emily F

    2002-08-01

    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) has been applied to the separation of some UV filters (Eusolex 4360, Eusolex 6300, Eusolex OCR, Eusolex 2292, Eusolex 6007, Eusolex 9020, Eusolex HMS, Eusolex OS, and Eusolex 232) commonly found in suntan lotions. The composition of the microemulsion employed was optimized with respect to the best possible separation of the selected analytes using artificial neural networks (ANNs). Two parameters namely the composition of the mixed surfactant system comprising the anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and neutral Brij 35 and the amount of organic modifier (2-propanol) present in the aqueous phase of the microemulsion were modeled. Using an optimized MEEKC buffer consisting of 2.25 g SDS, 0.75 g Brij 35, 6.6 g 1-butanol, 0.8 g n-octane, 17.5 g 2-propanol, and 72.1 g of 10 mM borate buffer (pH 9.2), eight target analytes could be separated in under 25 min employing a diode-array detector to segregate the overlapping signals obtained for Eusolex 9020 and Eusolex HMS. Detection limits from 0.8 to 6.0 nug/mL were obtained and the calibration plots were linear over at least one order of magnitude. The optimized method could be applied to the determination of Eusolex 6300 and Eusolex 9020 in a commercial suntan lotion.

  5. Triterpene-loaded microemulsion using Coix lacryma-jobi seed extract as oil phase for enhanced antitumor efficacy: preparation and in vivo evaluation

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    Qu, Ding; He, Junjie; Liu, Congyan; Zhou, Jing; Chen, Yan

    2014-01-01

    Ganoderma lucidum triterpene-loaded microemulsions (TMEs) using Coix lacryma-jobi (adlay) seed oil as oil phase were prepared, characterized, and evaluated for enhanced antitumor activity. Ternary phase diagrams for the TMEs were constructed and the optimal preparation was developed. Transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering showed that this formulation had a well defined spherical shape, a homogeneous distribution, a small size, and a narrow polydispersity index. The drug-loading rate was determined to be 9.87% by ultraviolet spectrophotometry, and acceptable stability under various stimulations in vitro was confirmed. Importantly, the TME formulation showed a significantly greater antiproliferative effect towards human lung carcinoma (A549) cells and murine lung tumor (Lewis) cells in comparison with suspension formulations containing triterpene and adlay seed oil as a positive control. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration of the TMEs was about 0.62 mg crude drug per mL, being 2.5-fold improved relative to that of the corresponding suspension formulation, but no significant cytotoxicity was observed for the bare microemulsion in A549 cells and Lewis cells. In vivo, the TME formulation showed markedly enhanced antitumor efficacy in a xenograft model of Lewis lung cancer after intragastric administration. Compared with cyclophosphamide, the TME formulation showed similar antitumor activity but less general toxicity. These results indicate the feasibility of using a microemulsion to increase the solubility of triterpene and adlay. TMEs hold promise as an efficient drug delivery system for the treatment of lung cancer. PMID:24379669

  6. Triterpene-loaded microemulsion using Coix lacryma-jobi seed extract as oil phase for enhanced antitumor efficacy: preparation and in vivo evaluation.

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    Qu, Ding; He, Junjie; Liu, Congyan; Zhou, Jing; Chen, Yan

    2014-01-01

    Ganoderma lucidum triterpene-loaded microemulsions (TMEs) using Coix lacryma-jobi (adlay) seed oil as oil phase were prepared, characterized, and evaluated for enhanced antitumor activity. Ternary phase diagrams for the TMEs were constructed and the optimal preparation was developed. Transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering showed that this formulation had a well defined spherical shape, a homogeneous distribution, a small size, and a narrow polydispersity index. The drug-loading rate was determined to be 9.87% by ultraviolet spectrophotometry, and acceptable stability under various stimulations in vitro was confirmed. Importantly, the TME formulation showed a significantly greater antiproliferative effect towards human lung carcinoma (A549) cells and murine lung tumor (Lewis) cells in comparison with suspension formulations containing triterpene and adlay seed oil as a positive control. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration of the TMEs was about 0.62 mg crude drug per mL, being 2.5-fold improved relative to that of the corresponding suspension formulation, but no significant cytotoxicity was observed for the bare microemulsion in A549 cells and Lewis cells. In vivo, the TME formulation showed markedly enhanced antitumor efficacy in a xenograft model of Lewis lung cancer after intragastric administration. Compared with cyclophosphamide, the TME formulation showed similar antitumor activity but less general toxicity. These results indicate the feasibility of using a microemulsion to increase the solubility of triterpene and adlay. TMEs hold promise as an efficient drug delivery system for the treatment of lung cancer. PMID:24379669

  7. Microemulsion formation with mixed chlorinated hydrocarbon liquids

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    Baran, J.R. Jr.; Pope, G.A.; Wade, W.H.; Weerasooriya, V.; Yapa, A. )

    1994-11-01

    Mixing rules for water/chlorocarbon/anionic surfactant systems have been studied. It was found that the behavior of chlorocarbons parallels the ideal mixing rules for hydrocarbons. The polarity of some chlorocarbons prevented a direct determination of electrolyte concentration and solubilization parameter for optimum formulations. These values were obtained by extrapolation and have been tabulated. Various complex mixtures containing chlorocarbons and hydrocarbons were prepared and their experimental optimum salinities were compared to calculated values.

  8. Characterization of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Emim][Tf2N])∕TX-100∕cyclohexane ternary microemulsion: investigation of photoinduced electron transfer in this RTIL containing microemulsion.

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    Sarkar, Souravi; Pramanik, Rajib; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Rao, Vishal Govind; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2011-02-21

    In this study we have characterized a ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl- sulfonyl)imide containing ternary nonaqueous microemulsion ([Emim][Tf(2)N]∕∕TX-100∕cyclo- hexane). The phase behavior and dynamic light scattering study show that the [Emim][Tf(2)N]∕TX-100∕cyclohexane three component system can form microemulsion with [Emim][Tf(2)N] as polar core at suitable condition. We have investigated photoinduced electron transfer (PET) using dimethyl aniline as electron donor and several Coumarin dyes as electron acceptor molecules at two different R values (R = [ionic liquid]∕[surfactant]) to observe how the dynamics of the PET rate is affected in this type of confined microenvironment compared to that of the PET dynamics in neat ionic liquid and other pure solvent media. The plot of observed k(q) values with the free energy change (ΔG(0)) for electron transfer reaction shows an apparent inversion in the observed rate as predicted by the Marcus theory. PMID:21341859

  9. Characterization of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([Emim][Tf2N])/TX-100/cyclohexane ternary microemulsion: Investigation of photoinduced electron transfer in this RTIL containing microemulsion

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    Sarkar, Souravi; Pramanik, Rajib; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Rao, Vishal Govind; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2011-02-01

    In this study we have characterized a ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl- sulfonyl)imide containing ternary nonaqueous microemulsion ([Emim][Tf2N]//TX-100/cyclo- hexane). The phase behavior and dynamic light scattering study show that the [Emim][Tf2N]/TX-100/cyclohexane three component system can form microemulsion with [Emim][Tf2N] as polar core at suitable condition. We have investigated photoinduced electron transfer (PET) using dimethyl aniline as electron donor and several Coumarin dyes as electron acceptor molecules at two different R values (R = [ionic liquid]/[surfactant]) to observe how the dynamics of the PET rate is affected in this type of confined microenvironment compared to that of the PET dynamics in neat ionic liquid and other pure solvent media. The plot of observed kq values with the free energy change (ΔG0) for electron transfer reaction shows an apparent inversion in the observed rate as predicted by the Marcus theory.

  10. Controlling Bimetallic Nanostructures by the Microemulsion Method with Subnanometer Resolution Using a Prediction Model.

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    Buceta, David; Tojo, Concha; Vukmirovic, Miomir B; Deepak, Francis Leonard; López-Quintela, M Arturo

    2015-07-14

    We present a theoretical model to predict the atomic structure of Au/Pt nanoparticles synthesized in microemulsions. Excellent concordance with the experimental results shows that the structure of the nanoparticles can be controlled at subnanometer resolution simply by changing the reactant concentration. The results of this study not only offer a better understanding of the complex mechanisms governing reactions in microemulsions, but open up a simple new way to synthesize bimetallic nanoparticles with ad hoc controlled nanostructures.

  11. The synthesis of spinel ferrite nanoparticles using precipitation in microemulsions for ferrofluid applications

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    Makovec, Darko; Košak, Aljoša; Žnidaršič, Andrej; Drofenik, Miha

    2005-03-01

    Magnetic maghemite nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution were prepared in water-CTAB-hexanol-butanol microemulsions. The particle size was controlled with the composition of the microemulsion (water-to-CTAB ratio) and the temperature during synthesis. The saturation magnetization of the nanoparticles depended mainly on their size, ranging from 22 emu/g for a particle size of 3.4 nm to 64 emu/g for a size of 15.3 nm.

  12. Formation of W/O microemulsions in the extraction of Nd(iii) by bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid and its effects on Nd(iii) coordination.

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    Sun, Taoxiang; Xu, Chao; Chen, Jing

    2016-01-21

    The formation of water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions during the extraction of Nd(iii) by bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid (also known as purified Cyanex 301, denoted as HC301) was studied. Results from the measurement of the concentration of Nd(iii), Na(+) and NO3(-) in the organic phase, IR spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering (DLS) all indicated that W/O microemulsions could form as the ratio of the neutralized ligand to Nd(iii) in the aqueous phase is over 3 : 1. The coordination environment of Nd(iii) in the extracted complexes was monitored by absorption spectroscopy and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and was found to vary significantly with the formation of W/O microemulsions. When only 10% of HC301 was neutralized, with no formation of W/O microemulsions, the inner coordination shell of Nd(iii) in the organic phase was occupied dominantly by sulfur atoms from HC301. As HC301 was further neutralized, the coordinated sulfur atoms around Nd(iii) were replaced gradually by the oxygen atoms from water. This work provides further insights into the extraction mechanism in the extraction system using purified Cyanex 301 as an extractant. PMID:26660060

  13. Formation of W/O microemulsions in the extraction of Nd(iii) by bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid and its effects on Nd(iii) coordination.

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    Sun, Taoxiang; Xu, Chao; Chen, Jing

    2016-01-21

    The formation of water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions during the extraction of Nd(iii) by bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithiophosphinic acid (also known as purified Cyanex 301, denoted as HC301) was studied. Results from the measurement of the concentration of Nd(iii), Na(+) and NO3(-) in the organic phase, IR spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering (DLS) all indicated that W/O microemulsions could form as the ratio of the neutralized ligand to Nd(iii) in the aqueous phase is over 3 : 1. The coordination environment of Nd(iii) in the extracted complexes was monitored by absorption spectroscopy and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and was found to vary significantly with the formation of W/O microemulsions. When only 10% of HC301 was neutralized, with no formation of W/O microemulsions, the inner coordination shell of Nd(iii) in the organic phase was occupied dominantly by sulfur atoms from HC301. As HC301 was further neutralized, the coordinated sulfur atoms around Nd(iii) were replaced gradually by the oxygen atoms from water. This work provides further insights into the extraction mechanism in the extraction system using purified Cyanex 301 as an extractant.

  14. Study of the Influence Between Barium Ions and Calcium Ions on Morphology and Size of Coprecipitation in Microemulsion

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    Wang, Nong; Meng, Qing Luo

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we systematically drew a series of inverse-microemulsion quasi-ternary system phase diagrams of OP-10+C8H17OH+C6H12+brine (CaCl2/BaCl2) by adjusting the ratio of CaCl2 and BaCl2. On this basis, microemulsions have been prepared with seven different molar ratios of Ca2+/Ba2+, and calcium carbonate and barium carbonate coprecipitation products were obtained by reaction with an equimolar amount of sodium carbonate. The influence of barium ion to morphology and composition of nanometer calcium carbonate were studied. These samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The SEM photographs indicated that when the content of Ca2+ was higher, some incomplete large cube of coprecipitation particles were formed in solution, but with the content of Ba2+ increased gradually, they formed a large number of small spherical particles, with the further increase of Ba2+ concentration, the particles mainly had structures of irregular polyhedron eventually. The measurement results of FTIR and XRD indicated that CaCO3 coprecipitation products gradually changed from calcite to the vaterite, eventually turned into being aragonite with the further increase of Ba2+ concentration.

  15. Integrated Free Energy Model (IFEM) for microemulsions.

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    Boza Troncoso, Américo; Acosta, Edgar

    2016-03-15

    The Integrated Free Energy Model (IFEM) is a platform used to predict the solubilization of nonpolar oils in nonionic alkyl-polyethylene oxide (C(X)EO(Y)) micelles starting from a free energy balance of costs and gains when surfactants from empty micelles and oil from a continuous oil phase assemble to form an oil-swollen micelle. IFEM considers lipophilic interactions between surfactant tails and oil solubilized in the core of micelles, and the interaction between surfactant tails and the oil solubilized in the surfactant tail domain, as well as oil-oil and surfactant-surfactant tail interactions. Expressions to calculate these lipophilic interactions from van der Waals (VDW) interaction potential were introduced in a previous publication. In this article, two new surfactant-water interactions are considered, surfactant headgroup dehydration during solubilization, and surfactant tail group dehydration. These six interaction terms, in addition to two entropy of mixing contributions (in the lipophilic and in the hydrophilic domains) make up the eight terms of the IFEM platform. Of these terms, only the headgroup dehydration requires a calibrated parameter. After calibrating this parameter, the model is capable of predicting experimental solubilization data, and the experimental trends reflected by a semi-empirical model, the Hydrophilic-Lipophilic-Difference+Net-Average-Curvature (HLD-NAC). Although there are numerous approaches to predict the surfactant-oil-water (SOW) phase behavior, the IFEM platform is the only one, to the knowledge of the authors that produces an explicit connection between molecular interactions and experimental data for real SOW systems. The IFEM platform can be programmed in a personal computer using relatively inexpensive software and its explicit nature opens the possibility to introduce additional interaction terms for more complex SOW systems. PMID:26759991

  16. Chiral microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography with two chiral components: Improved separations via synergies between a chiral surfactant and a chiral cosurfactant.

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    Kahle, Kimberly A; Foley, Joe P

    2006-02-01

    In this study, the combination of two chiral components in a microemulsion formulation for the separation of enantiomers via microemulsion EKC (MEEKC) was successfully accomplished. Previous publications of chiral microemulsions have utilized only one chiral entity; the surfactant, cosurfactant, or oil was chiral. This is the first study, to date, of the effects of using two chiral species in a single pseudostationary phase (PSP). The chiral surfactant dodecoxycarbonylvaline (DDCV) was used in conjunction with the chiral cosurfactant S-2-hexanol. Ethyl acetate was incorporated as the oil core of the microemulsion and the buffer was 50 mM phosphate at a pH of 7. Additionally, a microemulsion prepared with racemic 2-hexanol was used for comparison to a previous DDCV microemulsion and as a baseline for the newly formulated dual chiral microemulsion. The efficiencies, resolutions, and enantioselectivities for the S-2-hexanol, racemic 2-hexanol, and original 1-butanol DDCV microemulsions are compared. The hexanol-based PSPs provide improved efficiencies and resolutions. To evaluate the combination of each DDCV enantiomer (R and S) with S-2-hexanol, changes in Gibb's free energy were calculated. A synergistic effect was found when two chiral components were combined to form a microemulsion.

  17. Probing the Structure and Dynamics of Confined Water in AOT Reverse Micelles

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    Martinez, Anna Victoria; Dominguez, Laura; Małolepsza, Edyta; Moser, Adam; Ziegler, Zack; Straub, John E.

    2013-01-01

    Reverse micelles are attractive nanoscale systems used for the confinement of molecules in studies of structure and chemical reactions, including protein folding and aggregation. The simulation of reverse micelles, in which a water “pool” is separated from a non-polar bulk phase by a surfactant layer, poses significant challenges to empirical force fields due to the diversity of interactions between non-polar, polar, and charged groups. We have explored the dependence of system density, reverse micelle structure, and water configurational relaxation times as a function of reverse micelle composition, including water:surfactant ratio, absolute number of water molecules, and force field using molecular dynamics simulations. The resulting structures and dynamics are found to depend more on the force field used than on varying interpretations of the water:surfactant ratio in terms of absolute size of the reverse micelle. Substantial deviations from spherical reverse micelle geometries are observed in all unrestrained simulations. Rotational anisotropy decay times and water residence times show a strong dependence of force field and water model used, but power-law relaxation in time is observed independent of the force field. Our results suggest the need for further experimental study of reverse micelles that can provide insight into the distribution and dynamics of shape fluctuations in these complex systems. PMID:23687916

  18. Probing the structure and dynamics of confined water in AOT reverse micelles.

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    Martinez, Anna Victoria; Dominguez, Laura; Małolepsza, Edyta; Moser, Adam; Ziegler, Zack; Straub, John E

    2013-06-20

    Reverse micelles are attractive nanoscale systems used for the confinement of molecules in studies of structure and chemical reactions, including protein folding, and aggregation. The simulation of reverse micelles, in which a water "pool" is separated from a nonpolar bulk phase by a surfactant layer, poses significant challenges to empirical force fields due to the diversity of interactions between nonpolar, polar, and charged groups. We have explored the dependence of system density, reverse micelle structure, and water configurational relaxation times as a function of reverse micelle composition, including water:surfactant ratio, absolute number of water molecules, and force field using molecular dynamics simulations. The resulting structures and dynamics are found to depend more on the force field used than on varying interpretations of the water:surfactant ratio in terms of absolute size of the reverse micelle. Substantial deviations from spherical reverse micelle geometries are observed in all unrestrained simulations. Rotational anisotropy decay times and water residence times show a strong dependence on force field and water model used, but power-law relaxation in time is observed independent of the force field. Our results suggest the need for further experimental study of reverse micelles that can provide insight into the distribution and dynamics of shape fluctuations in these complex systems. PMID:23687916

  19. A critical appraisal of microemulsions for drug delivery: part I.

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    Sapra, Bharti; Thatai, Purva; Bhandari, Sameer; Sood, Jatin; Jindal, Manish; Tiwary, Ashok

    2013-12-01

    Microemulsions (MEs) are thermodynamically stable, optically transparent isotropic solutions of oil and water successfully formulated by using a combination of suitable surfactant and cosurfactant. While the selection of oil is based primarily on the solubility of drug in it, surfactant is generally selected on the basis of its hydrophilic-lipophilic balance value. MEs are characterized by ultra-low interfacial tension between the immiscible phases and offer the advantage of spontaneous formation, thermodynamic stability and ease of manufacture. The solubilization power of MEs for lipophilic, hydrophilic and amphiphilic solutes form a viable approach for enhancing bioavailability of hydrophobic drugs and percutaneous permeation of poorly permeable drugs, mainly due to the large area to volume ratio available for mass transfer. PMID:24304251

  20. Formation Kinetics of Oil-Rich, Nonionic Microemulsions.

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    Klemmer, Helge F M; Harbauer, Carola; Strey, Reinhard; Grillo, Isabelle; Sottmann, Thomas

    2016-06-28

    The formation kinetics of oil-rich, nonionic microemulsions were investigated along different mixing pathways using a fast stopped-flow device in combination with the new high-flux small-angle neutron spectrometer D33 (ILL, Grenoble, France). While the kinetics along most pathways were too fast to be resolved, two processes could be detected mixing brine and the binary cyclohexane/C10E5 solution. Here, too, the formation of large water-in-oil droplets was found to be faster than 20 ms and therewith faster than the accessible dead time. However, subsequently, both the disintegration of the large water-in-oil droplets (600 Å) and the uptake of water by swollen micelles (50-60 Å) could be resolved. Both processes occur on the time scale of a second. Strikingly, the total internal interface forms faster than 20 ms and does not change over time. PMID:27257802

  1. Characterization and release kinetics of nicotinamide microemulsion-based gels.

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    Boonme, Prapaporn; Suksawad, Nattiya; Songkro, Sarunyoo

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate physicochemical characteristics and to determine in vitro release kinetics of prepared nicotinamide microemulsion-based gels (MBGs). Nicotinamide microemulsions (ME) were composed of 3% w/w nicotinamide, 7% w/w water, 25% w/w soybean oil, and 65% w/w of 9:1 oleth-10:isopropyl alcohol mixture. A water-in-oil (w/o) type ME was converted to three MBGs. ME was combined with 5% w/w of colloidal silica to obtain MBG-1, with 5% w/w of 0.5% w/w carbomer solution to obtain MBG-2, or with a mixture of 3% w/w of 0.5% w/w carbomer solution and 2% w/w of PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil to obtain MBG-3. The results indicated that MBG-1 was a clear gel with plastic flow while MBG-2 and MBG-3 were turbid gels with Newtonian flow. MBG-1 was physically and chemically stable at 4°C as well as at ambient temperature (approximately 30°C) during the 2-month study period. The color darkened when stored at 60°C. The release kinetics of MBG-1 was best fitted to zero order model. The in vitro release of nicotinamide from MBG-1 through cellulose membrane was compared with that from the ME and an oil-in-water (o/w) commercial cream (CC). The rank order of release rate of nicotinamide from different formulations was MBG-1 > ME > CC.

  2. Application of Design Expert for the investigation of capsaicin-loaded microemulsions for transdermal delivery.

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    Duangjit, Sureewan; Chairat, Wisuta; Opanasopit, Praneet; Rojanarata, Theerasak; Ngawhirunpat, Tanasait

    2016-09-01

    Our previous study reported that the Design Expert® Software showed a beneficial role in the development of microemulsions (ME) for transdermal drug delivery. To fully confirm the reproducibility and the reliability of simultaneous optimal ME formulations, the optimal ME formulations predicted by the Design Expert® Software were experimentally formulated and verified for their skin permeability. Ternary phase diagrams were used to predict the optimal ME area, and the ME formulations selected from outside this area were considered as candidate ME systems. Our ME systems were formulated with isopropyl myristate (IPM) as the oil phase, cocamide diethanolamine (DEA) as the surfactant, ethanol as a co-surfactant and water as the aqueous phase. The droplet size, size distribution, electrical conductivity, pH, drug content and skin permeability of the candidate ME systems were monitored. Our findings indicated that the skin permeability of the optimal ME and all of the candidate ME formulations was significantly greater than that of the commercial capsaicin (CAP) product. Our study succeeded in predicting and developing the ME systems for the transdermal delivery of CAP. The simplex lattice design used in this study is experimentally useful for the development of pharmaceutical formulations.

  3. Dynamic slowing-down in dense microemulsions near the percolation threshold

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    Chen, S. H.; Mallamace, F.; Rouch, J.; Tartaglia, P.

    1992-05-01

    We review a series of investigations of the static and dynamic properties of a three-component water-in-oil microemulsion system in which the molar ratio of water to surfactant is kept constant. This system behaves effectively like a two-domponent macromolecular fluid in which there are spherical, surfactant coated water droplets of macroscopic dimensions dispersed in a continuum of oil. The properties investigated include electrical conductivity, dielectric relaxation, shear viscosity and viscoelastic relaxation, static neutron and light scattering and dynamic light scattering. We focus mainly on the phenomena of the dynamic slowing-down of the dielectric relaxation and the droplet density fluctuations as the system approaches the percolation threshold from below, both in temperature and in volume fraction. A theory of static and dynamic light scattering, formulated along the lines of scattering from a system of polydisperse fractal clusters, quantitatively accounts for the dynamic slowing-down phenomenon and the non-exponential decay of the time correlation function.

  4. A Comparison of Seasonal and Interannual Variability of Soil Dust Aerosols Over the Atlantic Ocean as Inferred by the Toms AI and AVHRR AOT Retrievals

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    Cakmur, R. V.; Miller, R. L.; Tegen, Ina; Hansen, James E. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The seasonal cycle and interannual variability of two estimates of soil (or 'mineral') dust aerosols are compared: Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) aerosol optical thickness (AOT) and Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) aerosol index (AI), Both data sets, comprising more than a decade of global, daily images, are commonly used to evaluate aerosol transport models. The present comparison is based upon monthly averages, constructed from daily images of each data set for the period between 1984 and 1990, a period that excludes contamination from volcanic eruptions. The comparison focuses upon the Northern Hemisphere subtropical Atlantic Ocean, where soil dust aerosols make the largest contribution to the aerosol load, and are assumed to dominate the variability of each data set. While each retrieval is sensitive to a different aerosol radiative property - absorption for the TOMS AI versus reflectance for the AVHRR AOT - the seasonal cycles of dust loading implied by each retrieval are consistent, if seasonal variations in the height of the aerosol layer are taken into account when interpreting the TOMS AI. On interannual time scales, the correlation is low at most locations. It is suggested that the poor interannual correlation is at least partly a consequence of data availability. When the monthly averages are constructed using only days common to both data sets, the correlation is substantially increased: this consistency suggests that both TOMS and AVHRR accurately measure the aerosol load in any given scene. However, the two retrievals have only a few days in common per month so that these restricted monthly averages have a large uncertainty. Calculations suggest that at least 7 to 10 daily images are needed to estimate reliably the average dust load during any particular month, a threshold that is rarely satisfied by the AVHRR AOT due to the presence of clouds in the domain. By rebinning each data set onto a coarser grid, the availability of

  5. Effect of composition on the conductivity of CTAB-butanol-octane-nitrate salts (Al(NO 3) 3 + Zn(NO 3) 2) microemulsions and on the surface and textural properties of resulting spinels ZnAl 2O 4

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    Giannakas, A. E.; Ladavos, A. K.; Armatas, G. S.; Petrakis, D. E.; Pomonis, P. J.

    2006-01-01

    The conductivity σ of a microemulsion series consisting of CTAB + butanol + octane, in which a solution of Al(NO 3) 3 0.8 M + Zn(NO 3) 2 0.4 M was gradually added, was studied at room temperature as a function of its composition φ. The addition of nitrate salts solution took place in four different ratios of (butanol + CTAB):octane = 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8. Initially, all those four systems are (water in oil, w/o) microemulsions and the gradual addition of the solution of the nitrate salts transforms them to bicontinuous ones. The conductivity increases gradually, but with different rate in each case, and the corresponding critical exponents at the percolation threshold were determined from the curves σ = f( φ). Next at three different compositions of microemulsions, corresponding to ratios (butanol + CTAB):octane = 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 and ratio of the nitrate salts solution x ≈ 0.25, spinels ZnAl 2O 4 were isolated/prepared. XRD, SEM and N 2 adsorption-desorption measurements were used to determine the structure and texture of those solids. From those measurements the surface area ( Sp), the pore volume ( Vp), the size of crystallites and the average pore connectivity ( c) were found. Those properties showed considerable variation and dependence on the composition of the original microemulsions employed in the preparation, a fact indicating that the structure and texture of the obtained solids can be manipulated at will via the composition of microemulsion used.

  6. Effect of water on the solvent relaxation dynamics in an ionic liquid containing microemulsion of 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium tetrafluoroborate/TritonX-100/cyclohexane

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    Pramanik, Rajib; Sarkar, Souravi; Ghatak, Chiranjib; Setua, Palash; Rao, Vishal Govind; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2010-04-01

    The dynamics of solvent and rotational relaxation have been investigated in [bmim][BF 4]/TX-100/cyclohexane microemulsions with addition of water-using steady state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy as a tool and coumarin 480 (C-480) as a fluorescence probe. The added water decreases the size of the microemulsions; consequently solvent relaxation time increases. The rotational relaxation time of C-480 in microemulsions is almost unchanged with increase in amount of water in microemulsions.

  7. Synthesis of doped semiconductor nanostructures using microemulsions and liquid crystals as templates

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    Panzarella, Tracy Heckler

    Semiconductor nanocrystals, also known as quantum dots (QDs), are a relatively new class of materials with unique size-dependent optical properties that enable the use of these materials in a variety of applications, including fluorescent labels for biomolecules, illumination and display technologies and photovoltaics. When the size of the QD is smaller than the mean separation of an optically excited electron-hole pair, or exciton, size-dependent fluorescence is observed as their emission peak shifts to larger wavelengths with increasing size. Doping of QDs with transition metals enables the tuning of their optoelectronic properties, leading to emission wavelengths longer than their bulk emission. The doping of QDs has recently garnered significant attention because it allows for the ability to tune the QD emission without changing its size. Currently, the most common method for synthesizing QDs involves the injection of organometallic precursors into hot coordinating solvents. To obtain monodisperse nanocrystals with this technique, instantaneous injection of the reactants, uniform nucleation over the entire reactor volume and perfect mixing are required. These conditions are difficult to achieve in practice, and even more difficult in a scaled-up reactor system necessary for commercial applications. The use of microemulsions as templates can enable the synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals of uniform size and shape, and allow for scalability. The template used in this work consists of para-xylene as the continuous phase, water as the dispersed phase, and a poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO37-PPO56-PEO37) block copolymer as the surfactant, with the reactants dissolved in the aqueous dispersed phase. Microemulsions formed by this technique, exhibit very slow droplet to droplet coalescence kinetics and allow for the growth of particles with narrow size distribution. A microemulsion template was used to synthesize Mn-doped Zn

  8. Poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) and 1-Octyl-2-pyrrolidinone Modified Ionic Microemulsions.

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    Beitz, T.; Kötz, J.; Wolf, G.; Kleinpeter, E.; Friberg, S. E.

    2001-08-15

    The influence of the nonionic polymer poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP) in comparison to the surfactant 1-octyl-2-pyrrolidinone (OP) on the phase behavior of the system SDS/pentanol/xylene/water was studied. In both modified systems a strong increase in the water solubilization capacity was found, accompanied by a change in the spontaneous curvature toward zero. In the polymer-modified system an isotropic phase channel is formed with increasing polymer content that connects the L1 and the L2 phase. The lamellar liquid crystalline phase is destabilized in both cases. In the L1 phase the adsorption of PVP at the surface of the microemulsion droplets and the formation of a cluster-like structure is proven by several methods like (13)C NMR T(1) relaxation time measurments, zeta potential measurements, and rheology. In the L2 phase a modification of the interface of the inverse droplets is detected by a shift in the percolation boundary (conductivity) and (13)C NMR T(1) relaxation measurements. The formation of a cluster-like structure can be assumed on the basis of our rheological measurements. Copyright 2001 Academic Press. PMID:11482969

  9. Enhance transdermal delivery of flurbiprofen via microemulsions: Effects of different types of surfactants and cosurfactants

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    Idrees, MA.; Rahman, NU.; Ahmad, S.; Ali, MY.; Ahmad, I.

    2011-01-01

    Background and the purpose of the study Microemulsions are thermodynamically stable, clear dispersions of water, oil, surfactant, and cosurfactant. This study was aimed to develop flurbiprofen microemulsion for enhanced transdermal delivery and investigate the effects of different surfactants and cosurfactants on its delivery and phase behavior. Method Various surfactant-cosurfactant mixtures in ratio of 2:1 (Smix) along with oleic acid (oil) were selected and phase diagrams were constructed. Six microemulsions each containing 5% drug, 5% oil, 56% Smix and 34% water, were prepared and compared for their permeation and phase behaviors to determine the effects of the type of Smix. Results In vitro transdermal permeation through rabbit skin of all microemulsions was high than saturated aqueous drug solution. Tween 20 and ethanol as Smix produced the highest flux amongst all the Smix, and were used to prepare formulations with different values of oil and Smix. While the type of surfactant did not affect the droplet size, propylene glycol as cosurfactant produced the largest droplets and highest viscosity. Decrease in oil or Smix concentration resulted in decrease of the droplet size and increase in permeation flux while decrease in viscosity also increased the permeation flux of microemulsions. Finally the selected microemulsion formulation comprising 5% flurbiprofen, 5% oleic acid, 46% Tween 20:ethanol (2:1) and 44% water, showed the highest transdermal flux and caused no skin irritation. Conclusion Type of surfactant and cosurfactant affect both the phase behavior and transdermal drug delivery of microemulsion; and results of this study showed that they are promising vehicles for improved transdermal delivery and sustained action of flurbiprofen. PMID:23008689

  10. Effect of the thermodynamic properties of W/O microemulsions on samarium oxide nanoparticle size.

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    Zhu, Wenqing; Xu, Lei; Ma, Jin; Yang, Rui; Chen, Yashao

    2009-12-01

    In this work, we report the preparation of the Sm2O3 nanoparticle precursors (Sm(OH)3) via a simple W/O microemulsion process, in which microemulsions of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/alkanol/1-octane/Sm(NO3)3 aqueous solution were added into sodium hydroxide (NaOH) aqueous solutions. The Sm2O3 nanoparticles were then prepared by calcining the precursors at 900 degrees C. Particularly, DeltaG(c-->i), which is the change in standard Gibbs free energy for transferring cosurfactant from the continuous phase to the microemulsion interface and can be used to estimate the thermodynamic properties of microemulsions, was determined using the dilution method. The effects of alkanol carbon chain length (1-pentanol, 1-hexanol, 1-heptanol and 1-octanol) and the reaction temperatures (298, 308, 318 and 328 K) on both DeltaG(c-->i) and Sm2O3 nanoparticle size have been investigated. Specifically, the Sm2O3 nanoparticle size, when calcined at 900 degrees C, was found to be mainly controlled by DeltaG(c-->i), and was thereby affected by the thermodynamic properties of microemulsions. The obtained products were characterized by DSC-TGA, XRD, TEM and UV-Vis. The results showed that DeltaG(c-->i) decreased with the increase in both the length of alkanol carbon chain and the reaction temperature, and the average size of Sm2O3 nanoparticles decreased as DeltaG(c-->i) decreased. The effect of microemulsion thermodynamic properties on Sm2O3 nanoparticle size reported here can provide some insights in controllable preparation of other rare earth oxide nanoparticles via the microemulsion route. PMID:19740477

  11. Ionic liquid based microemulsion with pharmaceutically accepted components: Formulation and potential applications.

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    Moniruzzaman, Muhammad; Kamiya, Noriho; Goto, Masahiro

    2010-12-01

    In this paper, we report a novel ionic liquid-in-oil (IL/o) microemulsion which is able to dissolve pharmaceuticals that are insoluble or sparingly soluble in water and most of pharmaceutical grade organic liquids. Towards this approach, the nanometer-sized ionic liquid droplets in isopropyl myristate (IPM) were formed with a blend of nonionic surfactants, polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate (Tween-80), and sorbitan laurate (Span-20). A set of ionic liquids (ILs) was tested as a dispersed phase, and it was observed that ILs possessing coordinating anions which are strong hydrogen bond acceptor were most effective in forming microemulsion droplets. The possible formation mechanism was also studied. Ternary phase behavior study clearly indicated the formation of optically transparent and thermodynamically stable microemulsions with a wide range of IL content. The shape, size and size distribution of the aggregates in microemulsions were characterized using dynamic light scattering (DLS), which demonstrated the formation of spherical micelles in the range of 8-34nm. In order to explore the use of newly developed microemulsion as a potential drug carrier, we have investigated the solubility of some drug molecules (e.g., acyclovir, methotrexate and 1-[(5-(p-nitrophenyl) furfurylidene) amino] hydantoin sodium) that are insoluble or sparingly soluble in most of the conventional solvents. Very significantly, the solubility studies indicated a high degree of solubilization of such drugs in IL microemulsions. We believe that this microemulsion formed with ILs having the unique physical, chemical and biological properties may offer novel opportunities to develop a potential drug delivery carrier for poorly soluble drugs molecules. PMID:20825949

  12. Development and Characterization of Polyphenon 60 and Caffeine Microemulsion for Enhanced Antibacterial Activity

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    Gupta, Sonal; Bansal, Rakhi; Ali, Javed; Gabrani, Reema; Dang, Shweta

    2014-01-01

    Green tea catechins and caffeine have exhibited antibacterial activity; however, their use is limited by lack of stability and effective delivery systems. Polyphenon 60 (P60) and caffeine were encapsulated in a single microemulsion (ME) formulation with an objective to lower the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of the individual agents against selected pathogens (S. epidermidis and E. coli). Combination of two natural compounds would advocate two different mechanisms on the bacterial growth thereby providing for better antibacterial activity. Thermodynamically stable ME was developed and characterized with an average particle size of 17.58 nm, further confirmed by TEM analysis. Antibacterial studies included chequerboard microdilution assay to determine the MIC and fractional inhibitory concentration (FIC) of both the natural compounds individually and in combination. MIC and FIC results indicated that the combination of the above two natural compounds was proficient in lowering the MICs of individual agents. Results of DPPH assay indicated that ME system preserved the long term antioxidative potential of P60 and caffeine. The cytotoxicity of the optimized formulation on Vero cell line by MTT assay was found to be nontoxic to mammalian cells. PMID:25050379

  13. Occlusive and Non-Occlusive Application of Microemulsion for Transdermal Delivery of Progesterone: Mechanistic Studies

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    El Maghraby, Gamal M.

    2012-01-01

    This work evaluated the occlusive versus non-occlusive application of microemulsion (ME) for the transdermal delivery of progesterone. The mechanisms of enhanced skin penetration were investigated. ME comprised of oleic acid, Tween 80, propylene glycol, and water, was used neat or with ethanol as a volatile cosurfactant. The ME formulations enhanced progesterone transdermal flux compared to the saturated drug solution in 14% aqueous propylene glycol (control). Ethanol-containing ME (EME) was better than the ethanol-free system (EFME). Open application of EFME produced a marginal reduction in flux compared to occlusive application. For EME, open application reduced the flux by 26–28% with the flux remaining significantly higher than that obtained with EFME. The mechanistic studies revealed synergism between ethanol and EFME with EME, producing greater flux than the sum of fluxes obtained from 40% ethanol in water and EFME. Penetration enhancement and supersaturation played a role in enhanced transdermal delivery, but other mechanisms were also possible. This study thus introduced EME as a transdermal delivery system for progesterone with good potential for open application as a spray. PMID:23008820

  14. Microemulsions as vehicles for topical administration of voriconazole: formulation and in vitro evaluation.

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    El-Hadidy, Gladious Naguib; Ibrahim, Howida Kamal; Mohamed, Magdi Ibrahim; El-Milligi, Mohamed Farid

    2012-01-01

    This work was undertaken to investigate microemulsion (ME) as a topical delivery system for the poorly water-soluble voriconazole. Different ME components were selected for the preparation of plain ME systems with suitable rheological properties for topical use. Two permeation enhancers were incorporated, namely sodium deoxycholate or oleic acid. Drug-loaded MEs were evaluated for their physical appearance, pH, rheological properties and in vitro permeation studies using guinea pig skin. MEs based on polyoxyethylene(10)oleyl ether (Brij 97) as the surfactant showed pseudoplastic flow with thixotropic behavior and were loaded with voriconazole. Jojoba oil-based MEs successfully prolonged voriconazole release up to 4 h. No significant changes in physical or rheological properties were recorded on storage for 12 months at ambient conditions. The presence of permeation enhancers favored transdermal rather than dermal delivery. Sodium deoxycholate was more effective than oleic acid for enhancing the voriconazole permeation. Voriconazole-loaded MEs, with and without enhancers, showed significantly better antifungal activity against Candida albicans than voriconazole supersaturated solution. In conclusion, the studied ME formulae could be promising vehicles for topical delivery of voriconazole. PMID:21696340

  15. Microemulsions as vehicles for topical administration of voriconazole: formulation and in vitro evaluation.

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    El-Hadidy, Gladious Naguib; Ibrahim, Howida Kamal; Mohamed, Magdi Ibrahim; El-Milligi, Mohamed Farid

    2012-01-01

    This work was undertaken to investigate microemulsion (ME) as a topical delivery system for the poorly water-soluble voriconazole. Different ME components were selected for the preparation of plain ME systems with suitable rheological properties for topical use. Two permeation enhancers were incorporated, namely sodium deoxycholate or oleic acid. Drug-loaded MEs were evaluated for their physical appearance, pH, rheological properties and in vitro permeation studies using guinea pig skin. MEs based on polyoxyethylene(10)oleyl ether (Brij 97) as the surfactant showed pseudoplastic flow with thixotropic behavior and were loaded with voriconazole. Jojoba oil-based MEs successfully prolonged voriconazole release up to 4 h. No significant changes in physical or rheological properties were recorded on storage for 12 months at ambient conditions. The presence of permeation enhancers favored transdermal rather than dermal delivery. Sodium deoxycholate was more effective than oleic acid for enhancing the voriconazole permeation. Voriconazole-loaded MEs, with and without enhancers, showed significantly better antifungal activity against Candida albicans than voriconazole supersaturated solution. In conclusion, the studied ME formulae could be promising vehicles for topical delivery of voriconazole.

  16. Docosahexaenoic acid triglyceride-based microemulsions with an added dendrimer - Structural considerations.

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    Lidich, Nina; Francesca Ottaviani, M; Hoffman, Roy E; Aserin, Abraham; Garti, Nissim

    2016-12-01

    Omega fatty acids, mainly the triglyceride of docosahexaenoic acid (TG-DHA), are considered important nutraceuticals. These compounds are water-insoluble and their transport across membranes depends on their carriers. Dendrimers are known as drug carriers across cell membranes and also as permeation enhancers. The solubilization of TG-DHA and dendrimer into a microemulsion (ME) system serving as a carrier could be used for a targeted delivery in the future. The interactions between TG-DHA and second generation poly(propyleneimine) dendrimers (PPI-G2) and their effect on structural transitions of ME were explored along the water dilution line using electron paramagnetic resonance and pulsed-gradient spin-echo NMR along with other analytical techniques. The microviscosity, order parameter, and micropolarity of all studied systems decrease upon water dilution. Incorporation of TG-DHA reduces the microviscosity, order, and micropolarity, whereas PPI-G2 leads to an increase in these parameters. The effect of PPI-G2 is more pronounced at relative high contents (1 and 5wt%) where PPI-G2 interacts with the hydrophilic headgroups of the surfactants. In the macroscale, the effects of TG-DHA and PPI-G2 differ mostly in the bicontinuous region, where macroviscosity increases upon TG-DHA incorporation and decreases upon solubilization of 5wt% PPI-G2. From DSC measurements it was concluded that in the presence of TG-DHA the PPI-G2 is intercalated easily at the interface. PMID:27571688

  17. Development of novel ionic liquid-based microemulsion formulation for dermal delivery of 5-Fluorouracil.

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    Goindi, Shishu; Arora, Prabhleen; Kumar, Neeraj; Puri, Ashana

    2014-08-01

    The present study was aimed at synthesizing an imidazole-based ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (BMIMBr) and subsequent development of a novel ionic liquid-in-oil (IL/o) microemulsion (ME) system for dermal delivery of a poorly permeating drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). A significant enhancement in the solubility of 5-FU was observed in BMIMBr. IL/o MEs of 5-FU were prepared using isopropyl myristate, Tween 80/Span 20, and BMIMBr. Results of ex vivo skin permeation studies through mice skin indicated that the selected IL/o ME exhibited 4-fold enhancement in percent drug permeation as compared to aqueous solution, 2.3-fold as compared to hydrophilic ointment, and 1.6-fold greater permeation than water in oil (w/o) ME. The results of in vivo studies against dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA)/12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA)-induced mice skin carcinogenesis demonstrated that the IL/o ME could effectively treat skin cancer in 4 weeks. In addition, the side effects such as erythema and irritation associated with the conventional formulations were not observed. Histopathological studies showed that the use of IL/o ME caused no anatomic and pathological changes in the skin structure of mice. These studies suggest that the use of IL-based ME system can efficiently enhance the solubility and permeability of 5-FU and hence its therapeutic efficacy. PMID:24668136

  18. Combining AOT, Angstrom Exponent and PM concentration data, with PSCF model, to distinguish fine and coarse aerosol intrusions in Southern France

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    Dimitriou, Konstantinos; Kassomenos, Pavlos

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a cluster analysis of backward air mass trajectories, arriving in Avignon (Southern France), was combined with a Potential Source Contribution Function (PSCF) model on a 0.5° × 0.5° resolution grid, in order to indicate possible aerosol intrusions. A strict triple criterion was constructed from Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT), Angstrom Exponent (AE), and PM (PM10 and PM2.5) concentration measurements, aiming to distinguish more effectively Episodes of Fine, Coarse and Overall Aerosols (FAE, CAE and OAE respectively). Large fractions of FAE (60.0%) and CAE (40.6%) were strongly attributed to the prevalence of Eastern and South-Southwest (S-SW) airflows respectively, whereas these distinct trajectory clusters also gathered large fractions of OAE (90.2% cumulatively). According to PSCF results, FAE events were strongly associated with the influence of air masses traveling over North Italy and Southern Germany, hence the impact of urban and industrial combustion was emerged. Main sources of coarse aerosols were principally isolated over the Mediterranean, thus the import of sea spray and dust from the Sahara desert is presumed. Satellite AOT observations were used for a more detailed identification of an intense 5-day intrusion of coarse aerosols. Short range slow moving air mass trajectories, were proven to be a clear marker of atmospheric stagnation, based on a wind speed analysis, triggering the accumulation of locally emitted anthropogenic aerosols (mainly PM2.5) and lack of city ventilation.

  19. Novel isotretinoin microemulsion-based gel for targeted topical therapy of acne: formulation consideration, skin retention and skin irritation studies

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    Patel, Mrunali R.; Patel, Rashmin B.; Parikh, Jolly R.; Patel, Bharat G.

    2016-04-01

    Isotretinoin was formulated in novel microemulsion-based gel formulation with the aim of improving its solubility, skin tolerability, therapeutic efficacy, skin-targeting efficiency and patient compliance. Microemulsion was formulated by the spontaneous microemulsification method using 8 % isopropyl myristate, 24 % Labrasol, 8 % plurol oleique and 60 % water as an external phase. All plain and isotretinoin-loaded microemulsions were clear and showed physicochemical parameters for the desired topical delivery and stability. The permeation profiles of isotretinoin through rat skin from selected microemulsion formulation followed zero-order kinetics. Microemulsion-based gel was prepared by incorporating Carbopol®971 in optimized microemulsion formulation having suitable skin permeation rate and skin uptake. Microemulsion-based gel showed desired physicochemical parameters and demonstrated advantage over marketed formulation in improving the skin tolerability of isotretinoin, indicating its potential in improving topical delivery of isotretinoin. The developed microemulsion-based gel may be a potential drug delivery vehicle for targeted topical delivery of isotretinoin in the treatment of acne.

  20. Correlating MODIS aerosol optical thickness data with ground-based PM 2.5 observations across Texas for use in a real-time air quality prediction system

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    Hutchison, Keith D.; Smith, Solar; Faruqui, Shazia J.

    Investigations have been conducted at the Center for Space Research (CSR) into approaches to correlate MODIS aerosol optical thickness (AOT) values with ground-based, PM 2.5 observations made at continuous air monitoring station locations operated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). These correlations are needed to more fully utilize real-time MODIS AOT analyses generated at CSR in operational air quality forecasts issued by TCEQ using a trajectory-based forecast model developed by NASA. Initial analyses of two data sets collected during 3 months in 2003 and all of 2004 showed linear correlations in the 0.4-0.5 range in the data collected over Texas. Stronger correlations (exceeding 0.9) were obtained by averaging these same data over longer timescales but this approach is considered unsuitable for use in issuing air quality forecasts. Peculiarities in the MODIS AOT analyses, referred to as hot spots, were recognized while attempting to improve these correlations. It is demonstrated that hot spots are possible when pixels that contain surface water are not detected and removed from the AOT retrieval algorithms. An approach to reduce the frequency of hot spots in AOT analyses over Texas is demonstrated by tuning thresholds used to detect inland water surfaces and remove pixels that contain them from the analysis. Finally, the potential impact of hot spots on MODIS AOT-PM 2.5 correlations is examined through the analysis of a third data set that contained sufficient levels of aerosols to mask inland water surfaces from the AOT algorithms. In this case, significantly stronger correlations, that exceed the 0.9 value considered suitable for use in a real-time air quality prediction system, were observed between the MODIS AOT observations and ground-based PM 2.5 measurements.

  1. Intraoral film containing insulin-phospholipid microemulsion: formulation and in vivo hypoglycemic activity study.

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    Rachmawati, Heni; Haryadi, Bernard Manuel; Anggadiredja, Kusnandar; Suendo, Veinardi

    2015-06-01

    Non-invasive administration of insulin is expected for better diabetes mellitus therapy. In this report, we developed intraoral preparation for insulin. Insulin was encapsulated into nanocarrier using self-assembly emulsification process. To increase lipophilicity of insulin, it was dispersed in phospholipid resulted in insulin-phospholipid solid dispersion. The microemulsion formula was established from our previous work which contained glyceryl monooleate (GMO), Tween 20, and polyethylene glycol (PEG 400) in a ratio of 1:8:1. To confirm the formation of insulin-phospholipid solid dispersion, PXRD, FTIR spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy were performed. Then, the microemulsion was evaluated for droplet size and distribution, zeta potential, entrapment efficiency, physical stability, and Raman spectroscopy. In addition, microemulsion with expected characteristic was evaluated for in vitro release, in vitro permeation, and in vivo activity. The droplets size of ∼100 nm with narrow distribution and positive charge of +0.56 mV were formed. The insulin encapsulated in the oil droplet was accounted of >90%. Water-soluble chitosan seems to be a promising film matrix polymer which also functioned as insulin release controller. Oral administration of insulin microemulsion to healthy Swiss-Webster mice showed hypoglycemic effect indicating the success of this protein against a harsh environment of the gastrointestinal tract. This effectiveness significantly increased by fourfold as compared to free insulin. Taken together, microemulsion seems to be a promising carrier for oral delivery of insulin.

  2. Study of the electrical conductivity of four-component critical microemulsions

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    Rebbouh, N.; Hamelin, J.; Bose, T. K.; Thoen, J.

    1992-06-01

    Experimental data for the electric conductivity are reported for two microemulsions of n-dodecane, water, n-pentanol, and sodium dodecylsulfate with lower critical solution points along a critical line ending at a critical end point (CEP). One microemulsion (C) had a lower critical solution point (LCSP) close to the CEP. For the other microemulsion (A), the LCSP was away from the CEP. For a third microemulsion (D') with a composition close to that of C, measurements were carried out near an upper critical solution point (UCSP) about 6 °C below the LCSP of sample C. For all three cases, an anomalous behavior was observed near the critical point. The anomaly for sample A can be well described in terms of a power law with Ising exponent values. This is not possible for sample C (near the CEP), where the anomalous behavior of σ can be better described with an expression recently proposed by Rebbouh and Lalanne [J. Chem. Phys. 90, 1175 (1989)] on the basis of a microscopic model for the merging of dynamic clusters near the CEP. On the basis of our additional results for the microemulsion D', we can find no evidence for the influence of critical fluctuations near the UCSP on the anomaly in σ at the LCSP of sample C.

  3. Conformation and activity of lipase B from Candida antarctica in bicontinuous microemulsions.

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    Subinya, Mireia; Steudle, Anne K; Jurkowski, Tomasz P; Stubenrauch, Cosima

    2015-07-01

    The paper at hand deals with the influence of the pH-value on the conformation and activity of the lipase B from Candida antarctica (CalB) which is incorporated in a bicontinuous microemulsion. The microemulsion used for this purpose consists of water/NaCl, n-octane, and the non-ionic surfactant penthaethylene glycol monodecylether (C10E5). The conformational study clearly shows (1) that CalB molecules are partitioned between the interfacial monolayer and the water domains and (2) that the pH-value of the microemulsion's water domains strongly influences the conformation of CalB at the interfacial monolayer. From these observations we conclude that there is a continuous exchange between the CalB molecules, which are located at the interfacial monolayer and those which are located in the water domains of the microemulsion. This exchange strongly influences the CalB conformation in both regions. In addition to the conformation, we also studied the catalytic activity of CalB. The catalytic measurements revealed a bell-shaped dependence between the CalB activity and the pH-value. The maximum catalytic activity of CalB in bicontinuous microemulsions was observed at pH=5.5. At this pH we observed the highest amount of α-helix conformation of the CalB molecules that are located at the interfacial monolayer, which, in turn, allows connecting the activity with the conformation.

  4. Ultrafast and ultraslow proton transfer of pyranine in an ionic liquid microemulsion

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    Sen Mojumdar, Supratik; Mondal, Tridib; Das, Atanu Kumar; Dey, Shantanu; Bhattacharyya, Kankan

    2010-05-01

    Effect of a room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) and water on the ultrafast excited state proton transfer (ESPT) of pyranine (8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonate, HPTS) inside a microemulsion is studied by femtosecond up-conversion. The microemulsion consists of the surfactant, triton X-100 (TX-100) in benzene (bz) and contains the RTIL, 1-pentyl-3-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([pmim] [BF4]) as the polar phase. In the absence of water, HPTS undergoes ultrafast ESPT inside the RTIL microemulsion (RTIL/TX-100/bz) and the deprotonated form (RO-) exhibits three rise components of 0.3, 14, and 375 ps. It is proposed that in the RTIL microemulsion, HPTS binds to the TX-100 at the interface region and participates in ultrafast ESPT to the oxygen atoms of TX-100. On addition of water an additional slow rise of 2150 ps is observed. Similar long rise component is also observed in water/TX-100/benzene reverse micelle (in the absence of [pmim] [BF4]). It is suggested that the added water molecules preferentially concentrate (trapped) around the palisade layer of the RTIL microemulsion. The trapped water molecules remain far from the HPTS both in the presence and absence of ionic liquid and gives rise to the slow component (2150 ps) of ESPT. Replacement of H2O by D2O causes an increase in the time constant of the ultraslow rise to 2350 ps.

  5. [Effect of microemulsion technology on release of compounds in Zhitong cataplasm and content variation].

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    Li, Xue-Min; Wang, Qiong; Lan, Yi; An, Jing; Wang, Wen-Ping; Zhao, Bo-Chen; Wu, Qing

    2013-08-01

    To study the varieties of adhesives in gels on the basis of previous studies, dosage of adhesives required for forming of gels by using the single factor design, as well as the drug loading capacity of gels with the adhesiveness and stickiness as the scoring indicators, in order to determine the forming method of analgesic micro-emulsion gel. Subsequently, the improved Franz diffusing cell method was adopted to study the release of water-soluble components and liposoluble components in analgesic gels, with imperatorin and ferulic acid as index components. The results showed that analgesic micro-emulsion gel could promote the release of imperatorin and ferulic acid. Finally, HPLC was used to detect that the loss amount of volatile components in analgesic micro-emulsion gel was 23.13% lower than that in the original analgesic gel. In the experiment, we finally prepared finished products of micro-emulsion gel, discovered that the micro-emulsion technology is helpful to improve the synchronous release of water-soluble components and liposoluble components in prescriptions and can reduce the loss of volatile components.

  6. Uniform-sized silicone oil microemulsions: preparation, investigation of stability and deposition on hair surface.

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    Nazir, Habiba; Lv, Piping; Wang, Lianyan; Lian, Guoping; Zhu, Shiping; Ma, Guanghui

    2011-12-01

    Emulsions are commonly used in foods, pharmaceuticals and home-personal-care products. For emulsion based products, it is highly desirable to control the droplet size distribution to improve storage stability, appearance and in-use property. We report preparation of uniform-sized silicone oil microemulsions with different droplets diameters (1.4-40.0 μm) using SPG membrane emulsification technique. These microemulsions were then added into model shampoos and conditioners to investigate the effects of size, uniformity, and storage stability on silicone oil deposition on hair surface. We observed much improved storage stability of uniform-sized microemulsions when the droplets diameter was ≤22.7 μm. The uniform-sized microemulsion of 40.0 μm was less stable but still more stable than non-uniform sized microemulsions prepared by conventional homogenizer. The results clearly indicated that uniform-sized droplets enhanced the deposition of silicone oil on hair and deposition increased with decreasing droplet size. Hair switches washed with small uniform-sized droplets had lower values of coefficient of friction compared with those washed with larger uniform and non-uniform droplets. Moreover the addition of alginate thickener in the shampoos and conditioners further enhanced the deposition of silicone oil on hair. The good correlation between silicone oil droplets stability, deposition on hair and resultant friction of hair support that droplet size and uniformity are important factors for controlling the stability and deposition property of emulsion based products such as shampoo and conditioner.

  7. Development and evaluation of a novel microemulsion formulation of elacridar to improve its bioavailability

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    Sane, Ramola; Mittapalli, Rajendar K.; Elmquist, William F.

    2014-01-01

    The study objective was to develop a formulation of elacridar to overcome its dissolution-rate limited bioavailability. Elacridar is a P-gp and BCRP inhibitor that has been used to improve the brain distribution of drugs that are substrates of P-gp and BCRP. The chronic use of elacridar is restricted due to poor solubility leading to poor oral bioavailability. A microemulsion formulation using Cremophor EL, Carbitol and Captex 355 (6:3:1) was developed. The elacridar microemulsion was effective in the inhibition of P-gp and Bcrp in MDCKII-transfected cells. FVBn mice were used to determine the bioavailability of elacridar after a 10 mg/kg dose of elacridar in the microemulsion, intraperitoneally and orally; and the absolute bioavailability was determined to be 1.3 and 0.47, respectively. Co-administration of elacridar microemulsion intraperitoneally with oral erlotinib in FVBn mice improved the erlotinib brain penetration three-fold. The current study shows that a microemulsion formulation of elacridar is effective in improving the bioavailability of elacridar and is an effective inhibitor of P-gp and Bcrp; in-vitro and in-vivo. It offers an alternative to the suspension and allows a decrease in the dose required to achieve a significant inhibitory effect at the blood-brain barrier. PMID:23334925

  8. Ultrafast and ultraslow proton transfer of pyranine in an ionic liquid microemulsion.

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    Sen Mojumdar, Supratik; Mondal, Tridib; Das, Atanu Kumar; Dey, Shantanu; Bhattacharyya, Kankan

    2010-05-21

    Effect of a room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) and water on the ultrafast excited state proton transfer (ESPT) of pyranine (8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonate, HPTS) inside a microemulsion is studied by femtosecond up-conversion. The microemulsion consists of the surfactant, triton X-100 (TX-100) in benzene (bz) and contains the RTIL, 1-pentyl-3-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([pmim] [BF(4)]) as the polar phase. In the absence of water, HPTS undergoes ultrafast ESPT inside the RTIL microemulsion (RTIL/TX-100/bz) and the deprotonated form (RO(-)) exhibits three rise components of 0.3, 14, and 375 ps. It is proposed that in the RTIL microemulsion, HPTS binds to the TX-100 at the interface region and participates in ultrafast ESPT to the oxygen atoms of TX-100. On addition of water an additional slow rise of 2150 ps is observed. Similar long rise component is also observed in water/TX-100/benzene reverse micelle (in the absence of [pmim] [BF(4)]). It is suggested that the added water molecules preferentially concentrate (trapped) around the palisade layer of the RTIL microemulsion. The trapped water molecules remain far from the HPTS both in the presence and absence of ionic liquid and gives rise to the slow component (2150 ps) of ESPT. Replacement of H(2)O by D(2)O causes an increase in the time constant of the ultraslow rise to 2350 ps. PMID:20499977

  9. Temperature-induced microstructural changes in ionic liquid-based microemulsions.

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    Gao, Yanan; Li, Na; Hilfert, Liane; Zhang, Shaohua; Zheng, Liqiang; Yu, Li

    2009-02-01

    In the present contribution, results concerning the effect of temperature on the nonionic surfactant Triton X-100 based 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (bmimBF4)-in-cyclohexane and bmimBF4-in-toluene ionic liquid (IL) reverse microemulsions are reported. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) along with freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy (FF-TEM) measurements revealed that the sizes of single microemulsion droplets increased with increasing temperature. However, a decreased temperature led to the appearance of droplet clusters, which have also been observed previously when the single microemulsion droplets were swollen by added bmimBF4 to a certain extent (Gao, Y. A.; Vogit, A.; Hilfert, L.; Sundmacher, K. ChemPhysChem, 2008, 9, 1603-1609). Compared to traditional aqueous microemulsions, IL microemulsions revealed relatively high temperature-independence. The droplet-shaped microstructure was always kept in a large range of temperature. The temperature-independence is ascribed to the temperature-insensitive electrostatic attraction between the solubilized bmimBF4 and Triton X-100, which was considered to be the driving force for solubilizing bmimBF4 into the cores of Triton X-100 aggregates. Two-dimensional rotating frame nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) experiments (ROESY) further confirmed the microstructural change with temperature. PMID:19132875

  10. Formulation of oil-in-water β-carotene microemulsions: effect of oil type and fatty acid chain length.

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    Roohinejad, Shahin; Oey, Indrawati; Wen, Jingyuan; Lee, Sung Je; Everett, David W; Burritt, David J

    2015-05-01

    The impact of oil type and fatty acid chain length on the development of food-grade microemulsions for the entrapment of β-carotene was investigated. The microemulsion region of a ternary phase diagram containing short chain monoglycerides was larger than for di- and triglycerides when Tween 80 was used as surfactant. The cytotoxicity of microemulsions composed of a 30% monoglyceride oil, 20% Tween 80 and 50% aqueous buffer were evaluated using an in vitro cell culture model (human epithelial colorectal adenocarcinoma, Caco-2). The cytotoxicity test showed that the viability of Caco-2 cells against β-carotene microemulsions at concentrations of 0.03125% (v/v) was higher than 90%. This study suggests that short chain monoglycerides could be used with Tween 80 to prepare transparent β-carotene-encapsulated O/W microemulsions in the particle size range of 12-100 nm. PMID:25529680

  11. Dynamics of solvation and rotational relaxation of Coumarin 153 in ionic liquid confined nanometer-sized microemulsions.

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    Chakrabarty, Debdeep; Seth, Debabrata; Chakraborty, Anjan; Sarkar, Nilmoni

    2005-03-31

    The effects of confinement of the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate on solvation dynamics and rotational relaxation of Coumarin 153 (C-153) in Triton X-100/cyclohexane microemulsions have been explored using steady-state and picosecond time-resolved emission spectroscopy. The steady-state and rotational relaxation data indicate that C-153 molecules are incorporated in the core of the microemulsions. The average rotational relaxation time increases with increase in w ([bmim][BF(4)]/[TX-100]) values. The solvent relaxation in the core of the microemulsion occurs on two different time scales and is almost insensitive to the increase in w values. The solvent relaxation is retarded in the pool of the microemulsions compared to the neat solvent. Though, the retardation is very small compared to several-fold retardation of the solvation time of the conventional solvent inside the pool of the microemulsions. PMID:16851624

  12. Direct Analysis of Lipophilic Antioxidants of Olive Oils Using Bicontinuous Microemulsions.

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    Kuraya, Eisuke; Nagatomo, Shota; Sakata, Kouhei; Kato, Dai; Niwa, Osamu; Nishimi, Taisei; Kunitake, Masashi

    2016-01-19

    Quantitative analyses of olive oil for lipophilic antioxidants, such as α-tocopherol and phenolics, by simple electrochemical measurements were conducted in a bicontinuous microemulsion (BME), which was bicontinuously composed of saline and toluene microphases with a surfactant system. Lipophilic antioxidants in oils were directly monitored in BME solutions using a lipophilic, fluorinated nanocarbon-film electrode (F-ECR). The combination of a well-balanced BME and extremely biased electrodes, such as strongly hydrophilic indium/tin oxide and strongly lipophilic (hydrophobic) F-ECR, allowed individual monitoring of hydrophilic and lipophilic antioxidants in the same BME solution without any required extraction. Furthermore, values for the charge Q, integrated from observed currents, showed good linear relationships with the results of conventional assays for antioxidant activity, namely, total phenolics and oxygen radical absorbance capacity assays, even with practical food samples. This proposed methodology provided a very simple, rapid, easily serviceable, and highly reproducible analysis that possesses great potential for applications to a wide range of chemical mixtures, in terms of analyte and media, beyond food oils.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of Schiff base contained dextran microgels in water-in-oil inverse microemulsion.

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    Su, Hongying; Jia, Qingming; Shan, Shaoyun

    2016-11-01

    Polysaccharide-based microgels with high water content, excellent biocompatibility and controllable particle size have been widely studied as ideal candidates for drug release and delivery. In this study, microgels based on dextran were developed via the Schiff base formation between aldehyded dextran and ethylenediamine in a water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion. Particle size of the resulted microgel was controllable between 800 and 1100nm by modulating the amount of the employed co-surfactants (Span 80/Tween 80). Furthermore, fluoresceins (e.g., aminofluorescein) and drugs (e.g., doxorubicin) with free amino groups can be conjugated onto the network of the dextran-based microgel via Schiff base linkages. Since the Schiff base linkages are degradable via hydrolysis and their stability decreases with the environmental pH decreases, the resulted Schiff bases contained microgel showed a pH dependent degradation profile. These results indicated that the pH-sensitive microgel based on dextran could be used as promising drug delivery systems for biomedical applications.

  14. Role of simplex lattice statistical design in the formulation and optimization of microemulsions for transdermal delivery.

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    Duangjit, Sureewan; Mehr, Leilah Maria; Kumpugdee-Vollrath, Mont; Ngawhirunpat, Tanasait

    2014-01-01

    Microemulsions (ME) have gained attention as an alternative pharmaceutical formulation for transdermal delivery systems. However, the complicated relationships between various ME compositions (causal factors) and their characteristics (response variable) have not been fully comprehended. To overcome this problem, the design and development of ME for transdermal delivery was performed in our study using Design Expert(®) Software. The model formulations of ME were prepared according to the ME region obtained from pseudo-ternary phase diagrams using the simplex lattice design as an optimization technique. In this study, ketoprofen-loaded ME composed of oleic acid, Cremophor(®) RH40, ethanol and water were prepared, and their characteristics (e.g., size, charge, conductivity, pH, viscosity, drug content, loading capacity and skin permeation flux) were evaluated. The ME having an appropriate skin permeation flux was used as the basis for optimization. The skin permeation flux of the experimental ME was very close to the flux predicted by Design Expert(®) Software and was significantly greater than that for the commercial product. Possible mechanisms for the enhancement of the skin permeation of the ME were also investigated using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). This finding provided an understanding of the relationship between the causal factors and response variables, as shown in the response surfaces. Moreover, these results indicated that the simple lattice design was beneficial for the pharmaceutical development of ME for transdermal delivery.

  15. Synthesis of chromium-nickel nanoparticles prepared by a microemulsion method and mechanical milling.

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    Ban, Irena; Stergar, Janja; Drofenik, Miha; Ferk, Gregor; Makovec, Darko

    2013-01-01

    A chemical and a physical method have been applied for the preparation of chromium-nickel alloy nanoparticles. These particles were designed to be used for controlled magnetic hyperthermia applications. Microemulsions with Ni2+ and Cr3+ and/or NaBH4 as precursors were prepared using the isooctane/CTAB, n-butanol/H2O system. The samples of CrxNi1-x nanoparticles with the desired composition were obtained after the reduction of their salts with NaBH4 and afterwards heat treated in a TGA in a N2 atmosphere at various temperatures. The CrxNi1-x materials were also prepared by mechanical milling. Utilizing a ball-to-powder mass ratio of 20 : 1 and selecting the proper alloy compositions we were able to obtain nanocrystalline CrxNi1-x particles. Thermal demagnetization in the vicinity of the Curie temperature of the nanoparticles was studied using a modified TGA-SDTA method. The alloy's phase composition, size and morphology were determined with XRD measurements and TEM analyses. PMID:24362977

  16. Direct Analysis of Lipophilic Antioxidants of Olive Oils Using Bicontinuous Microemulsions.

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    Kuraya, Eisuke; Nagatomo, Shota; Sakata, Kouhei; Kato, Dai; Niwa, Osamu; Nishimi, Taisei; Kunitake, Masashi

    2016-01-19

    Quantitative analyses of olive oil for lipophilic antioxidants, such as α-tocopherol and phenolics, by simple electrochemical measurements were conducted in a bicontinuous microemulsion (BME), which was bicontinuously composed of saline and toluene microphases with a surfactant system. Lipophilic antioxidants in oils were directly monitored in BME solutions using a lipophilic, fluorinated nanocarbon-film electrode (F-ECR). The combination of a well-balanced BME and extremely biased electrodes, such as strongly hydrophilic indium/tin oxide and strongly lipophilic (hydrophobic) F-ECR, allowed individual monitoring of hydrophilic and lipophilic antioxidants in the same BME solution without any required extraction. Furthermore, values for the charge Q, integrated from observed currents, showed good linear relationships with the results of conventional assays for antioxidant activity, namely, total phenolics and oxygen radical absorbance capacity assays, even with practical food samples. This proposed methodology provided a very simple, rapid, easily serviceable, and highly reproducible analysis that possesses great potential for applications to a wide range of chemical mixtures, in terms of analyte and media, beyond food oils. PMID:26639911

  17. Preparation and evaluation of dl-praeruptorin A microemulsion based hydrogel for dermal delivery.

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    Zhang, Xianhua; Wu, Yueping; Hong, Ying; Zhu, Xuan; Lin, Liang; Lin, Qingjiang

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of the present investigation was to develop and optimize the microemulsion (ME) as a transdermal system for Pd-Ia, a poor water soluble and low bioavailable drug. The pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were constructed for various ME formulations including oleic acid as the oil phase, Cremophor RH40 as the surfactant, ethanol as the cosurfactant, and water. The maximum cumulative amount permeated through rat abdominal skins per unit area in 32 h (Q32), and the maximum flux were evaluated using the Franz diffusion cell in order to optimize the ME formulation. The results indicated that the optimized ME formulation was composed of oleic acid (5%, W/W), Cremophor RH40 (13.33%, W/W), ethanol (26.67%, W/W), and water (55%, W/W); the maximum cumulative amount of Pd-Ia was 354.330 ± 12.006 μg cm(-2), the maximum flux was 11.467 ± 0.500 μg cm(-2)h(-1). ME-gel was administered transdermally to rats. The mean plasma concentration of Pd-Ia following transdermal application of ME-gel could be maintained for 32 h at least and the half-life was evidently prolonged. It shows that the ME-gel could be a promising vehicle for dermal delivery of Pd-Ia.

  18. Synthesis of strontium hexaferrite nanoparticles prepared using co-precipitation method and microemulsion processing

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    Drmota, A.; Žnidaršič, A.; Košak, A.

    2010-01-01

    Strontium hexaferrite (SrFe12O19) nanoparticles have been prepared with co-precipitation in aqueous solutions and precipitation in microemulsion system water/SDS/n-butanol/cyclohexane, using iron and strontium nitrates in different molar rations as a starting materials. The mixed Sr2+, Fe3+ hydroxide precursors obtained during the reaction between corresponding metal nitrates and tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH), which served as a precipitating reagent, were calcined in a wide temperature range, from 350 °C to 1000 °C in a static air atmosphere. The influence of the Sr2+/Fe3+ molar ratio and the calcination temperature to the chemistry of the product formation, its crystallite size, morphology and magnetic properties were investigated. It was found that the formation of single phase SrFe12O19 with relatively high specific magnetization (54 Am2/kg) was achieved at the Sr2+/Fe3+ molar ration of 6.4 and calcination at 800 °C for 3h with heating/cooling rate 5 °C/min. The prepared powders were characterized using X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and specific surface area measurements (BET). The specific magnetization (DSM-10, magneto-susceptometer) of the prepared samples was measured.

  19. Application of microemulsion thin layer chromatography for the fingerprinting of licorice (Glycyrrhiza spp.).

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    Cui, Shufen; Fu, Boqiang; Lee, Frank Sen-Chun; Wang, Xiaoru

    2005-12-15

    Microemulsion thin layer chromatography (ME-TLC) has been developed for the fingerprinting of aqueous extract of licorice (Glycyrrhiza spp.). The separation conditions and operational processes of the method have been optimized, and its chromatographic characteristics compared with conventional TLC. The ME-TLC system is easier to operate, and with higher resolution and better reproducibility than the conventional TLC. The separation mechanism and retention behavior of ME-TLC are found to differ significantly from conventional TLC. The technique has been applied to the analysis of different licorice species including G. uralensis, G. glabra and G. inflata; and to monitor the dynamic accumulation of active ingredients in licorice plant harvested at different times during its growing cycle in a Good Agriculture Practice (GAP) research farm. Results show that without post-chromatographic derivatization, the ME-TLC fingerprinting images of different species appear as clear, well resolved bands and with strong intensities to reveal distinctively different compositional features of the samples. The technique has also been applied successfully to monitor the dynamic accumulation of active components in licorice plant as a function of growing time in an experimental licorice farm. The study demonstrates the potential of ME-TLC technique as a rapid fingerprinting tool for the authentication and quality assessment of licorice as well as other herbs.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of Schiff base contained dextran microgels in water-in-oil inverse microemulsion.

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    Su, Hongying; Jia, Qingming; Shan, Shaoyun

    2016-11-01

    Polysaccharide-based microgels with high water content, excellent biocompatibility and controllable particle size have been widely studied as ideal candidates for drug release and delivery. In this study, microgels based on dextran were developed via the Schiff base formation between aldehyded dextran and ethylenediamine in a water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion. Particle size of the resulted microgel was controllable between 800 and 1100nm by modulating the amount of the employed co-surfactants (Span 80/Tween 80). Furthermore, fluoresceins (e.g., aminofluorescein) and drugs (e.g., doxorubicin) with free amino groups can be conjugated onto the network of the dextran-based microgel via Schiff base linkages. Since the Schiff base linkages are degradable via hydrolysis and their stability decreases with the environmental pH decreases, the resulted Schiff bases contained microgel showed a pH dependent degradation profile. These results indicated that the pH-sensitive microgel based on dextran could be used as promising drug delivery systems for biomedical applications. PMID:27516260

  1. Intranasal microemulsion for targeted nose to brain delivery in neurocysticercosis: Role of docosahexaenoic acid.

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    Shinde, Rajshree L; Bharkad, Gopal P; Devarajan, Padma V

    2015-10-01

    Intranasal Microemulsions (MEs) for nose to brain delivery of a novel combination of Albendazole sulfoxide (ABZ-SO) and Curcumin (CUR) for Neurocysticercosis (NCC), a brain infection are reported. MEs prepared by simple solution exhibited a globule size <20nm, negative zeta potential and good stability. The docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) ME revealed high and rapid ex vivo permeation of drugs through sheep nasal mucosa. Intranasal DHA ME resulted in high brain concentrations and 10.76 (ABZ-SO) and 3.24 (CUR) fold enhancement in brain area-under-the-curve (AUC) compared to intravenous DHA MEs at the same dose. Direct nose to brain transport (DTP) of >95% was seen for both drugs. High drug targeting efficiency (DTE) to the brain compared to Capmul ME and drug solution (P<0.05) suggested the role of DHA in aiding nose to brain delivery. Histopathology study confirmed no significant changes. High efficacy of ABZ-SO: CUR (100:10ng/mL) DHA ME in vitro on Taenia solium cysts was confirmed by complete ALP inhibition and disintegration of cysts at 96h. Considering that the brain concentration at 24h was 1400±160.1ng/g (ABZ-SO) and 120±35.2ng/g (CUR), the in vitro efficacy seen at a 10 fold lower concentration of the drugs strongly supports the assumption of clinical efficacy. The intranasal DHA ME is a promising delivery system for targeted nose to brain delivery.

  2. Simultaneous Determination of Hydrochlorothiazide and Losartan Potassium in Osmotic Pump Tablets by Microemulsion Liquid Chromatography.

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    Li, Liangxing; Lai, Caiyun; Xuan, Xueyi; Gao, Chongkai; Li, Ning

    2016-09-01

    A rapid and efficient oil-in-water microemulsion liquid chromatographic (MELC) method has been optimized and validated for the determination of hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) and losartan potassium (LOP) in osmotic pump tablets. Samples were injected into a C18 (150 mm × 4.6 mm ID, 5 µm particle size) analytical column, which was maintained at 30°C. The most effective MELC system had a mobile phase consisting of 95% (v/v) of 3.0% (w/w) SDS, 6.0% (w/w) n-butanol, 0.8% (w/w) n-octane, 90.2% (w/w) water and 5% (v/v) acetonitrile (pH 5). The flow rate was 1.0 mL min(-1) and UV detection was performed at 265 nm. Linearity ranged from 2.5 to 12.5 µg mL(-1) for HCT and 10.0-60.0 µg mL(-1) for LOP (r > 0.999 for both drugs). The proposed method was rapid, precise (RSDs < 1.4%) and accurate (98.9% recovery for HCT and 101% recovery for LOP). It is applicable to simultaneous determination of HCT and LOP in osmotic pump tablets. PMID:27334292

  3. Assessment of Aprotinin Loaded Microemulsion Formulations for Parenteral Drug Delivery: Preparation, Characterization, in vitro Release and Cytotoxicity Studies.

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    Okur, Neslihan Üstündağ; Özdemir, Derya İlem; Kahyaoğlu, Şennur Görgülü; Şenyiğit, Zeynep Ay; Aşıkoğlu, Makbule; Genç, Lütfi; Karasulu, H Yeşim

    2015-01-01

    The object of the current study was to prepare novel microemulsion formulations of aprotinin for parenteral delivery and to compare in vitro characteristics and release behaviour of different Technetium-99m ((99m)Tc)-Aprotinin loaded microemulsion formulations. In addition, cytotoxicity of microemulsion formulation was evaluated with cell culture studies on human immortalized pancreatic duct epithelial-like cells. For this aim, firstly, pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were plotted to detect the formulation region and optimal microemulsions were characterized for their thermodynamic stability, conductivity, particle size, zeta potential, viscosity, pH and in vitro release properties. For in vitro release studies aprotinin was labelled with (99m)Tc and labelling efficiency, radiochemical purity and stability of the radiolabeled complex were determined by several chromatography techniques. Radiolabeling efficiency of (99m)Tc-Aprotinin was found over than 90% without any significant changes up to 6 hours after labelling at room temperature. After that, in vitro release studies of (99m)Tc-Aprotinin loaded microemulsions were performed with two different methods; dissolution from diffusion cells and dialysis bags. Both methods showed that release rate of (99m)Tc- Aprotinin from microemulsion could be controlled by microemulsion formulations. Drug release from the optimized microemulsion formulations was found lower compared to drug solution at the end of six hours. According to stability studies, the optimized formulation was found to be stable over a period of 12 months. Also, human immortalized pancreatic duct epithelial-like cells were used to evaluate the cytotoxicity of optimum formulation. Developed microemulsion did not reveal cytotoxicity. In conclusion the present study indicated that the M1-APT microemulsion is appropriate for intravenous application of aprotinin. PMID:26306401

  4. Relevant Models of Equilibrium Structures in One-Phase Regimes of Microemulsions.

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    Edwards, M. E.

    2000-11-01

    Although several studies have focused on equilibrium structures--domains--in one-phase regimes of dilutive microemulsions, the structures have not been completely determined. Here, we review the relevant continuum-statistical and continuum-mechanical models with the ultimate objective of their extension or modification. Presently, the models describe single droplet domains, two interacting droplets or dimer constructions, and thermal fluctuation description. Also, we present the rudiments of an interaction model which considers the undulations of two ellipsoidal droplets. A satisfactory model of equilibrium structures is essential if we are to further elucidate the behavior of microemulsions in various environments, such as, the case of microemulsions being located in a pulsed, external electric field: the phenomenon of static electro-optical Kerr effect. Currently, variations exist between relevant models and experimental results.

  5. Twenty-one years of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (1991-2012): a powerful analytical tool.

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    Yang, Hua; Ding, Yao; Cao, Jun; Li, Ping

    2013-05-01

    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) is a CE separation technique, which utilizes buffered microemulsions as the separation media. In the past two decades, MEEKC has blossomed into a powerful separation technique for the analysis of a wide range of compounds. Pseudostationary phase composition is so critical to successful resolution in EKC, and several variables could be optimized including surfactant/co-surfactant/oil type and concentration, buffer content, and pH value. Additionally, MEEKC coupled with online sample preconcentration approaches could significantly improve the detection sensitivity. This review comprehensively describes the development of MEEKC from the period 1991 to 2012. Areas covered include basic theory, microemulsion composition, improving resolution and enhancing sensitivity methods, detection techniques, and applications of MEEKC. PMID:23463608

  6. Size control of rhodium particles of silica-supported catalysts using water-in-oil microemulsion

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    Kishida, Masahiro; Hanaoka, Toshiaki; Kim, Won Young; Nagata, Hideo; Wakabayashi, Katsuhiko

    1997-11-01

    Effects of components of water-in-oil microemulsions on rhodium particle sizes of silica-supported rhodium catalysts were investigated in the catalyst preparation method using microemulsion. In the case of the microemulsion of polyoxyethylene(23)dodecyl ether/ n-alcohols/RhCl 3 aq., the rhodium particle size increased from 3.4 to 5.0 nm as the specific permittivity of the organic solvent increased. The chain length of hydrophilic group of polyoxyethylene- p-nonylphenyl ether ( n = 5 to 15) employed as surfactants had an effect on the rhodium particle size where the rhodium size ranged between 2.0 and 3.6 nm. The rhodium particle size was 1.5 nm in the case of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfocuccinate and this value was found to be the smallest. These results could be interpreted in terms of the adsorption of the surfactant on rhodium-hydrazine particle surface.

  7. The effect of simultaneous size reduction and transient network formation on the dynamics of microemulsions

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    Amirkhani, Masoud; Sharifi, Soheil; Marti, Othmar

    2012-09-01

    We studied a mixture of C12E5 microemulsion with an end-capped hydrophobically modified polymer (C12-PEO-C12). The end-capped polymer adsorbed on the core of the microemulsion, changed the bending properties of the interface and connected two nearby droplets. The core size and width of the structure factor of the microemulsion decreased upon adding the end-capped polymer. For all polymer concentrations, two relaxational modes corresponding to different diffusion coefficients were observed. The fast and slow diffusion coefficients showed a repulsive and an attractive interaction, respectively. The results of both small-angle x-ray scattering and dynamic light scattering suggested that fast relaxation is affected by size reduction and increasing the repulsive interaction between droplets.

  8. Formation of W/O microemulsion based on natural glycolipid biosurfactant, mannosylerythritol lipid-a.

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    Worakitkanchanakul, Wannasiri; Imura, Tomohiro; Morita, Tomotake; Fukuoka, Tokuma; Sakai, Hideki; Abe, Masahiko; Rujiravanit, Ratana; Chavadej, Sumaeth; Kitamoto, Dai

    2008-01-01

    Mannosylerythritol lipid-A (MEL-A) is a glycolipid biosurfactant abundantly produced from soybean oil by microorganisms at a yield of up to 100 g/L. In this study, the formation of water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsion based on the single component of MEL-A was confirmed using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and freeze fracture electron microscopy (FF-EM). DLS and FF-EM measurements revealed that the diameter of the microemulsion increases with an increase in water-to-surfactant mole ratio (W(0)) ranging from 20 to 60 nm, and the maximum W(0) value was found to be 20, which is as high as that of soybean lecithin. Glycolipid biosurfactant has a great potential for the formation of W/O microemulsion without using any cosurfactants. PMID:18075224

  9. Water-in-ionic liquid microemulsion-based organogels as novel matrices for enzyme immobilization.

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    Pavlidis, Ioannis V; Tzafestas, Kyriakos; Stamatis, Haralambos

    2010-08-01

    The use of water-in-ionic liquid microemulsion-based organogels (w/IL MBGs) as novel supports for the immobilization of lipase B from Candida antarctica and lipase from Chromobacterium viscosum was investigated. These novel lipase-containing w/IL MBGs can be effectively used as solid phase biocatalysts in various polar and non-polar organic solvents or ILs, exhibiting up to 4.4-fold higher esterification activity compared to water-in-oil microemulsion-based organogels. The immobilized lipases retain their activity for several hours at 70 degrees C, while their half life time is up to 25-fold higher compared to that observed in w/IL microemulsions. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy data indicate that immobilized lipases adopt a more rigid structure, referring to the structure in aqueous solution, which is in correlation with their enhanced catalytic behavior observed. PMID:20449844

  10. Stability of vitamins C and E in topical microemulsions for combined antioxidant therapy.

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    Rozman, Branka; Gasperlin, Mirjana

    2007-04-01

    An interesting strategy for protecting skin from excessive exposure to free radicals is to support the skin endogenous antioxidant system. As the balance between different skin antioxidants is very important, a combined therapy using at least two antioxidants is desirable. In the present work, o/w, w/o, and gel-like microemulsions (ME), all composed of the same ingredients, were selected as carrier systems for dermal delivery of vitamins C and E. Gel-like ME was found to offer the best protection for both vitamins, although other ME also significantly increased their stability compared with that solution. In the presence of vitamin C no decrease in vitamin E content occurred. To obtain ME appropriate for dermal use, their viscosity was increased by adding thickening agents. On the basis of visual examination of viscosity and physical stability of thickened systems, several thickeners were selected. The addition of thickener significantly increased the viscosity of ME and changed the behavior of systems from ideal Newtonian to thixotropic. Finally, the stability of both vitamins was examined as a function of thickening agent and of the location of vitamins in the ME. The addition of thickeners changed the stability of at least one vitamin, but the systems generally still protected vitamins better than solutions. It is likely that the changes in internal organization of ME resulting from the addition of thickener, confirmed by thermal analysis and changes in solubility of oxygen in the outer phase, were the most important factors that influenced the stability of vitamins in thickened systems.

  11. Dynamic Percolation and Swollen Behavior of Nanodroplets in 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Trifluoromethanesulfonate/Triton X-100/Cyclohexane Microemulsions.

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    Rahman, Adhip; Rahman, M Muhibur; Mollah, M Yousuf A; Susan, Md Abu Bin Hasan

    2016-07-21

    Microemulsions<