Development of liquid, solid or semi-solid carriers
Our lab has the expertise on the development and characterization of nanodispersions (conventional microemulsions based on surfactant e.g. lecithin, or surfactant-free microemulsions), gels (organo- and hydro-gels) or polymeric films, that are used for the encapsulation, protection and controlled release of bioactive compounds. A variety of nanocarriers have been developed, involving biocompatible and biodegradable surfactants, oils of natural origin as well as biopolymers. Structural and morphological analysis is conducted for the developed systems as well as the incorporated compounds. Therefore, the nanocarriers are physiochemically characterized with advanced techniques involving DLS, fluorescence spectroscopy, EPR spectroscopy, SEM microscopy.
Our group is highly active on the immobilisation of enzymes in nanodispersions that mimic the biological membranes, or in solid / semi-solid and polymeric film carriers. The activity and functional stability of the immobilized enzymes is the main target of our studies.