A new method that uses nanotechnology to increase solubility will benefit the industry, says expert

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A new method that uses nanotechnology to increase solubility will benefit the industry, says expert
A new method for increasing solubility, developed by a researcher at the University of Jerusalem, has yielded promising benefits as its process leads to a significant increase in solubility and dissolution properties of almost any active ingredient, while being cost effective.

Katy Margulis speaks exclusively to CosmeticsDesign.com USA on how her team expects the industry to benefit.

In our research we are dealing with increasing the solubility of materials which are not soluble in water like many active and inactive cosmetic ingredients​,” she explains.

We expect that the cosmetic industry will definitely benefit from this new technology and an improved performance for products is expected to be achieved​,” she reveals.


According to Margulis, the new method increases solubility by producing very small particles (nanoparticles) from oil in water emulsions (like milk), while the oil droplets are very small (nanodroplets).

“The process of this fabrication is very simple, fast and environmentally friendly. The main idea is that the material is first dissolved within these nanodroplets and then is directly converted into a powder of nanoparticles,” she says.

“For having the right impression of the nanometric dimension: 1 nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter, so our particles are one thousand times smaller than a typical hair fiber​,” she adds.


Furthermore, the PhD graduate believes that utilizing the new process will facilitate the development of “novel dermo-cosmetic products and reduce their manufacturing costs​.”

The process presents a very simple, fast and a low cost technology, which enables increasing solubility and dispersability characteristics of cosmetic ingredients​”, she points out.

It is desirable to incorporate them into non-greasy formulations in order to create appealing and functional cosmetic products​”, she adds.

The final result of this new process is a water-dispersible powder. This powder, according to Margulis, can be simply incorporated into water-based topical formulations.

“No alcohols, solvents and other agents which might compromise the quality of the formulation or damage your skin are needed. Based on the research outcome we have already submitted three patent applications​,” she concluded.

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