Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) have been proposed as alternative colloidal drug carriers. SLNs are obtained by dispersing warm oil-in-water microemulsions into cold water. The aim of this research was to investigate an evaporative drying process for aqueous dispersions of SLNs. For this purpose, a special apparatus, namely, a thermostatic minidesiccator having alumina as the drying medium, was designed to carry out the evaporative drying at a controlled temperature. Besides the water removal kinetics, the mean particle size and the size distribution of SLNs were measured during the drying with the aim of detecting the highest temperature at which the drying process can be carried out without significantly affecting the SLN average diameter. The SLN dispersions were evaluated with and without a hydrophilic excipient, commonly used as a cryoprotector (trehalose). The drying temperature of 10°C was found to be the most suitable for obtaining SLNs as a powder, maintaining almost the same size as that of the SLNs in dispersion.
|Titolo:||Evaporative drying of aqueous dispersions of solid lipid nanoparticles|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1081/DDC-100107672|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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