Preparation of composite zein/natural resin nanoparticles

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Ljiljana Spasojević
Jaroslav Katona
Sandra Bučko
Lidija Petrović
Jelena Milinković Budinčić
Jadranka Fraj
Altynay Sharipova
Saule Aidarova


The aim of this work was to investigate a possibility of preparing composite zein/natural resin (shellac and rosin) nanoparticles by antisolvent co–precipitation from their aqueous ethanol solutions. Influence of zein/resin mass ratio (1/0, 0.8/0.2, 0.5/0.5, 0.4/0.6 and 0/1) and pH (2–12) on particle size, d, and zeta potential, z, of the prepared particles was studied. The func­tional properties of zein/rosin composite nanoparticles were evaluated by studying carvacrol encapsulation. It was shown that the antisolvent precipit­ation can be successfully used to prepare the shellac and rosin nanoparticles, as well as the composite zein/shellac and the zein/rosin nanoparticles. Colloidal properties, d and z, of the obtained nanoparticles are influenced by the zein/
/resin mass ratio and the pH of nanoparticles dispersions. The isoelectric point of composite nanoparticles can be modulated by varying the zein/resin mass ratio. It was found that the zein/rosin nanoparticles are suitable for carvacrol encapsulation, where carvacrol release is enhanced by increasing the rosin share in the composite zein/rosin nanoparticles.


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L. Spasojević, “Preparation of composite zein/natural resin nanoparticles”, J. Serb. Chem. Soc., vol. 85, no. 3, pp. 369–380, Mar. 2020.


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