Curcumin exhibits various biological activities; however, its applications are limited because of its poor water solubility. In this study, we describe an encapsulation process that improves this property using a polyrhodanine shell material synthesized by oxidative polymerization. Unlike the previous methods of oxidative polymerizations, we used the Fenton reaction to introduce a FeCl3/H2O2 combination system. By changing the rhodanine monomer ratio, the curcumin/polyrhodanine nanocapsule (CPR-NC) shell thickness could be controlled. The release behavior of curcumin was characterized by UV–Vis spectroscopy over time. Antimicrobial tests with curcumin, polyrhodanine, and CPR-NC were performed to analyze the minimum inhibitory concentration and inhibition zones.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Reactive and Functional Polymers|
|Publication status||Published - 2016 Dec 1|
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Environmental Chemistry
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry