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Production And Characterization Of O/W Emulsions Containing Cationic Droplets Stabilized By Lecithin-chitosan Membranes.
Published 2003 · Medicine, Chemistry
Oil-in-water emulsions containing cationic droplets stabilized by lecithin-chitosan membranes were produced using a two-stage process. A primary emulsion was prepared by homogenizing 5 wt % corn oil with 95 wt % aqueous solution (1 wt % lecithin, 100 mM acetic acid, pH 3.0) using a high-pressure valve homogenizer. This emulsion was diluted with aqueous chitosan solutions to form secondary emulsions with varying compositions: 1 wt % corn oil, 0.2 wt % lecithin, 100 mM acetic acid, and 0-0.04 wt % chitosan (pH 3.0). The particle size distribution, particle charge, and creaming stability of the primary and secondary emulsions were measured. The electrical charge on the droplets increased from -49 to +54 mV as the chitosan concentration was increased from 0 to 0.04 wt %, which indicated that chitosan adsorbed to the droplet surfaces. The mean particle diameter of the emulsions increased dramatically and the emulsions became unstable to creaming when the chitosan concentration exceeded 0.008 wt %, which was attributed to charge neutralization and bridging flocculation effects. Sonication, blending, or homogenization could be used to disrupt flocs formed in secondary emulsions containing droplets with high positive charges, leading to the production of emulsions with relatively small particle diameters (approximately 1 microm). These emulsions had good stability to droplet aggregation at low pH (< or =5) and ionic strengths (<500 mM). The interfacial engineering technology utilized in this study could lead to the creation of food emulsions with improved stability to environmental stresses.