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25 Sep 2013 Science

Development of essential oil nanocapsules with biological activities for textile applications

Nanotechnology presents itself as a multidisciplinary field that has advanced significantly in recent decades. One of the most important points of this technology is that structures can be created with diverse molecular organization.

This doctoral project in the textile area focuses on the development of capsules comprising essential oil from of Lippia sidoides Cham, popularly known as Rosemary Pepper, and Copaifera multijuga Hayne, best known for Copaíba, both biological activities and belonging to the Brasilian flora. The design process at the level of nanotechnology to combine the constituents of the oils with certain nanomaterials should potentiate their antimicrobial effects, healing and anti-inflammatory properties, allowing the functionalization of textile materials in healthcare. The main points considered are:

  • Functionality and yields of essential oils in vitro;
  • The production of essential oil nanocapsules;
  • Functionalization methods for applications in medical textiles.

This project is funded by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES-BRASIL), process number 8976 / 13-9, and is being carried out whithin the framework of the PhD studies of the researcher Jefferson Mendes de Souza under the guidance of Professor Raul Fangueiro and the co-supervision of Andrea Zille.

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