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Title: Films based on chitosan polyelectrolyte complexes for skin drug delivery: Development and characterization
Authors: Silva, Cláudia L. 
Pereira, Jorge C. 
Ramalho, Amílcar 
Pais, Alberto A. C. C. 
Sousa, João J. S. 
Keywords: Chitosan; Polyelectrolyte complexes; Glycerol; Skin drug delivery
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Journal of Membrane Science. 320:1-2 (2008) 268-279
Abstract: Novel chitosan based polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) were developed and optimized in order to obtain films possessing the optimal functional properties (flexibility, resistance, water vapour transmission rate and bioadhesion) to be applied on skin. The development was based on the combination of chitosan and two polyacrylic acid (PAA) polymers with different crosslinkers and crosslinking densities. The interaction between the polymers was maximized controlling the pH, and by forming the films at a pH value close to the pKa of the respective components as identified by potentiometric and turbidimetric titrations. The action of glycerol, PEG200, Hydrovance and trehalose upon the functional properties of the films was also evaluated. Glycerol was found to improve the film properties in terms of flexibility, resistance and water vapour transmission rate (WVTR) with a maximum effect at 30%. The application of a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) significantly improved bioadhesion with a negligible influence in the resistance and flexibility of the films.
DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2008.04.011
Rights: openAccess
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