Colloids and surfaces. B, Biointerfaces

Encapsulation of ascorbyl palmitate in chitosan nanoparticles by oil-in-water emulsion and ionic gelation processes.

PMID 20004558


The encapsulation of ascorbyl palmitate (AP) in chitosan particles was carried out by droplet formation via an oil-in-water emulsion, followed by droplet solidification via ionic gelation using sodium triphosphate pentabasic (TPP) as a cross-linking agent. The success of AP encapsulation was confirmed by FT-IR, UV-vis spectrophotometry, TGA, and XRD techniques. The obtained AP-loaded chitosan particles were spherical in shape with an average diameter of 30-100nm as observed by SEM and TEM. Loading capacity (LC) and encapsulation efficiency (EE) of AP in the nanoparticles were about 8-20% and 39-77%, respectively, when the initial AP concentration was in the range of 25-150% (w/w) of chitosan. Augmentation of the initial AP concentration led to an increase of LC and a reduction of EE. The amount of AP released from the nanoparticles in ethanol and tris buffer (pH approximately 8.0) increased with increasing LC and decreasing TPP concentration.