Oil-filled microcapsules of kraft lignin were synthesized by first creating an oil in water emulsion followed by a high-intensity, ultrasound-assisted cross-linking of lignin at the water/oil interface. The rationale behind our approach is based on promoting documented lignin hydrophobic interactions within the oil phase, followed by locking the resulting spherical microsystems by covalent cross-linking using a high intensity ultrasound treatment. As further evidence in support of our rationale, confocal and optical microscopies demonstrated the uniformly spherical morphology of the created lignin microparticles. The detailed elucidation of the cross-linking processes was carried out using gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and quantitative 31P NMR analyses. The ability of lignin microcapsules to incorporate and release Coumarin-6 was evaluated in detail. In vitro studies and confocal laser scanning microscopy analysis were carried out to assess the internalization of capsules into Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. This part of our work demonstrated that the lignin microcapsules are not cytotoxic and readily incorporated in the CHO cells. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
CRESTINI, Claudia (Corresponding)
|Titolo:||Ultrasound driven assembly of lignin into microcapsules for storage and delivery of hydrophobic molecules|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Articolo su rivista |