An experimental investigation of the stability of ethylcellulose latex: correlation between zeta potential and sedimentation.
ABSTRACT This paper aims at explaining the experimental observations of the stability and redispersibility of an aqueous ethylcellulose latex through the electrokinetic characterization of the particles. The surface charge and the electrical double layer thickness play an essential role in the stability of the system, hence the need for a full characterization of the polymeric particles. The effect of both pH and ionic strength of the dispersion medium were investigated. It was found that at acid pH values the latex displays "delayed" or "hindered" sedimentation: in such conditions, the electrophoretic mobility and zeta potential are rather low, indicating a small electrokinetic charge on the particles. At alkaline pH, when the dissociation of ionizable surface groups must be complete, the zeta potential is high and negative. The electrostatic repulsion between polymer particles is responsible for the low sedimentation volume and poor redispersibility of the latex. The effect of NaCl and CaCl(2) concentration on both the zeta potential and stability of the latexes was also investigated: it was found that CaCl(2) has the greatest influence, yielding flocculated, easily re-dispersible systems when its concentration in the dispersion medium is high enough. There qualitative observations were ascertained by means of calculations of the potential energy of interaction between particles. In the case of NaCl solutions, a high and relatively wide potential energy barrier was predicted, that may prevent the particle aggregation. Above 5mM NaCl a shallow minimum in the potential energy curves must lead to the formation of aggregates. Similar results were found with CaCl(2) solutions, although in this case the secondary minima are deeper and appear at lower concentrations.
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Polymers have been considered as important materials in fabrication of microstructures for various medical purposes including drug delivery. This study evaluates polyurethane as material for hollow microstructures preparation. RESULTS: Polyurethane microstructures were obtained by interfacial polyaddition combined with spontaneous emulsification and present slightly acid pH values. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the existence of irregular shapes and agglomerated microstructures. The material is heat resistant up to 280 [DEGREE SIGN]C. Good results were recorded on murine skin tests in case of polyurethane microstructures based on isophorone diisocyanate. Mesenchymal stem cells viability presents good results for the same sample after 48 hours based on the Alamar Blue test. CONCLUSIONS: The research revealed the reduced noxiousness of this type of microstructures and consequently the possibility of their use for therapeutic purposes.Chemistry Central Journal 08/2012; 6(1):87. · 1.31 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Emulsifiers have a significant role in the emulsion polymerization by reducing the interfacial tension thus increasing the stability of colloidal dispersions of polymer nanostructures. This study evaluates the impact of four emulsifiers on the characteristics of polyurethane hollow structures used as drug delivery system. RESULTS: Polyurethane (PU) structures with high stability and sizes ranging from nano- to micro-scale were obtained by interfacial polyaddition combined with spontaneous emulsification. The pH of PU aqueous solutions (0.1% w/w) was slightly acidic, which is acceptable for products intended to be used on human skin. Agglomerated structures with irregular shapes were observed by scanning electron microscopy. The synthesized structures have melting points between 245-265 oC and reveal promising results in different evaluations (TEWL, mexametry) on murine skin. CONCLUSIONS: In this study hollow PU structures of reduced noxiousness were synthesized, their size and stability being influenced by emulsifiers. Such structures could be used in the pharmaceutical field as future drug delivery systems.Chemistry Central Journal 04/2013; 7(1):66. · 1.31 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Calcium phosphate ceramics are widely used as bone substitutes in dentistry and orthopedic applications. For minimally invasive surgery an injectable calcium phosphate ceramic suspension (ICPCS) was developed. It consists in a biopolymer (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose: HPMC) as matrix and bioactive calcium phosphate ceramics (biphasic calcium phosphate: BCP) as fillers. The stability of the suspension is essential to this generation of "ready to use" injectable biomaterial. But, during storage, the particles settle down. The engineering sciences have long been interested in models describing the settling (or sedimentation) of particles in viscous fluids. Our work is dedicated to the comprehension of the effect of the formulation on the stability of calcium phosphate suspension before and after steam sterilization. The rheological characterization revealed the macromolecular behavior of the suspending medium. The investigations of settling kinetics showed the influence of the BCP particle size and the HPMC concentration on the settling velocity and sediment compactness before and after sterilization. To decrease the sedimentation process, the granule size has to be smaller and the polymer concentration has to increase. A much lower sedimentation velocity, as compared to Stokes law, is observed and interpreted in terms of interactions between the polymer network in solution and the particles. This experimentation highlights the granules spacer property of hydrophilic macromolecules that is a key issue for interconnection control, one of the better ways to improve osteoconduction and bioactivity.Journal of Materials Science Materials in Medicine 03/2010; 21(6):1799-809. · 2.14 Impact Factor