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Emulsion-based systems for fabrication of electrospun nanofibers: food, pharmaceutical and biomedical applications

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Abstract

Electrospinning is considered a promising technology for fabricating ultrafine fibers via the application of electrostatic repulsive forces. Electrospun nanofibers produced via emulsion electrospinning are widely used as delivery systems to encapsulate bioactive compounds and drugs in food and pharmaceuticals, respectively. Emulsion electrospinning has also gained significant interest for the production of vehicles for sustained and controlled release. There are several parameters affecting the properties of fabricated fibers including the type of emulsion, emulsion composition, electric field strength, conductivity of solution, surface tension, electrode configuration, solution cooling time, dissolution temperature, and solution flow rate; therefore, all these parameters should be precisely controlled to obtain optimum results. Some of the advantages of these fibers are the protection of encapsulated materials from environmental conditions, room temperature processes, release rate control and high loading efficiency. This study presents an overview of the emulsion electrospinning method, its mechanism of action and its applications in both the food and pharmaceutical fields.

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The article was received on 05 Jan 2017, accepted on 18 May 2017 and first published on 01 Jun 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7RA00179G
RSC Adv., 2017,7, 28951-28964
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    Emulsion-based systems for fabrication of electrospun nanofibers: food, pharmaceutical and biomedical applications

    N. Nikmaram, S. Roohinejad, S. Hashemi, M. Koubaa, F. J. Barba, A. Abbaspourrad and R. Greiner, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 28951
    DOI: 10.1039/C7RA00179G

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