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Hamed Salimi-Kenari

Hamed Salimi-Kenari

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
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Education: PhD.
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Faculty: Faculty of Technology and Engineering
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Phone: 01135305105

Research

Title
Exploring the effect of formulation parameters on the particle size of carboxymethyl chitosan nanoparticles prepared via reverse micellar crosslinking
Type
JournalPaper
Keywords
Carboxymethyl chitosan, reverse micellar crosslinking, nanoparticles, experimental design
Year
2017
Journal JOURNAL OF MICROENCAPSULATION
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Researchers Zeinab Sadat Sheikholeslami ، Hamed Salimi-Kenari ، Mohammad Imani ، Mohammad Atai ، Azizollah Nodehi

Abstract

Carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCh), as a non-toxic, biocompatible and biodegradable semi-synthetic biopolymer with mucoadhesive properties, is widely investigated for targeting drug or gene delivery applications. Here, fabrication of CMCh nanoparticles will be reported using a reverse (w/o) micellar system to provide particles with tuneable mean sizes. Reverse microemulsions were prepared by dispersing aqueous solution of CMCh in n-hexane using sodium-bis(ethylhexyl)-sulfosuccinate (AOT) and glutaraldehyde (GA) as an emulsifier and a crosslinking agent, respectively. The obtained particles were perfectly spherical in the nanometric size range (40–140 nm) with a narrow size distribution according to the FE-SEM images. To determine the effective parameters on the mean nanosphere size, CMCh, AOT and GA concentrations were varied according to a full-factorial, three-level design-of-experiments. After evaluating the results, it was found that AOT and CMCh concentrations had a significant effect on the mean nanosphere size while GA concentration surprisingly showed non-significant, minor effects on the same response.