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Handbook of Research on Nanoemulsion Applications in Agriculture, Food, Health, and Biomedical Sciences
A compound that lower the interfacial tension between two liquids, between a gas and a liquid, or between a liquid and a solid.
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Current Perspectives on Nanoemulsions in Targeted Drug Delivery: An Overview
Ali Zeytunluoglu (Pamukkale University, Turkey) and Idris Arslan (Bülent Ecevit University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8378-4.ch006
Nanoemulsions are an isotropical mixture of oil, surfactant, and water with droplet diameter approximately in the range of 10-100 nm. They are being exponentially used for drug delivery systems for the influential administration of therapeutical agents because of their potential advantages over other approaches. Nanoemulsions can be used to design delivery systems that have increased drug loading, enhanced drug solubility, increased bioavailability, controlled drug release, and enhanced protection against chemical or enzymatic degradation. Moreover, nanoemulsions have better thermodynamical stability to flocculation, sedimentation, and creaming than conventional emulsions. Their small droplet dimensions and large droplet surface area positively influence drug transport and delivery, along with allowing targeting to specific sites. This chapter focuses on recent applications of nanoemulsions in the area of drug delivery.
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Hydrocarbon Biodegradation Using Agro-Industrial Wastes as Co-Substrates
Soap or a similar substance that has a hydrophobic and a hydrophilic end. Surfactants can bond to oil and other immiscible compounds to aid their transport in water.
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