Temperature and CO<sub>2</sub> Dual-Responsive Pickering Emulsions Using Jeffamine M2005-Modified Cellulose Nanocrystals

Published on 2019-10-10T02:29:18Z (GMT) by
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) with excellent biodegradability are promising biomaterials for use as responsive Pickering emulsifiers. However, the high hydrophilicity of CNCs limits their emulsification ability. Some existing studies have utilized complicated covalent modification procedures to increase the hydrophobicity of CNCs. To simplify the modification process, we prepared hydrophobically modified CNCs (CNCs-M2005) via simple and controllable electrostatic interactions with thermosensitive M2005. The obtained CNCs-M2005 exhibited temperature and CO<sub>2</sub> dual-responsive properties. Subsequently, stable oil/water Pickering emulsions were prepared using the partially hydrophobic CNCs-M2005 at 20 °C. However, demulsification occurred when the temperature increased to 60 °C. This temperature-induced demulsification resulted from the dehydration of polyethylene oxide and polypropylene oxide, causing the aggregation of the CNCs-M2005, as shown by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy experiments. In addition, demulsification was also achieved after bubbling CO<sub>2</sub>, which was attributed to the dissociation of the partially hydrophobic CNCs-M2005. The temperature and CO<sub>2</sub> dual-responsive biosafe Pickering emulsions open up opportunity for the design of intelligent food, cosmetic, and drug delivery systems.

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Ren, Gaihuan; Zheng, Xiaoyang; Gu, Hui; Di, Wenwen; Wang, Zengzi; Guo, Yanlin; et al. (2019): Temperature and CO2 Dual-Responsive Pickering

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