Eugenol emulsions based on a palmitate surfactant were prepared. The palmitate surfactant was synthesized via a simple esterification reaction of poly(ethylene glycol) (Mn 10,000 g mol−1) and palmitic acid. Subsequently, the surfactant was combined with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) to give intermolecular complexes that served as the emulsions' stabilising agents. Different ratios of PAA/surfactant complexes were used for the preparation of emulsions. Emulsions with a PAA/surfactant complex ratio of 1/3 gave long-term stable emulsions with hydrodynamic diameters ranging from 62 to 89 nm and narrow size distributions at a quite low emulsifier concentration. The latter emulsions loaded eugenol up to 85%. Furthermore, eugenol emulsions successfully encapsulated the poor-water soluble compound curcumin, increasing its solubility up to 6 times.
|Journal||Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Dec 2021|
- Essential oil
- Polyelectrolyte/surfactant complex