Effect of storage on microstructural changes of Carbopol polymers tracked by the combination of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and FT-IR spectroscopy

Barnabás Szabó, Károly Süvegh, Romána Zelkó

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Abstract

Different types of Carbopols are frequently applied excipients of various dosage forms. Depending on the supramolecular structure, their water sorption behaviour could significantly differ. The purpose of the present study was to track the supramolecular changes of two types of Carbopol polymers (Carbopol 71G and Ultrez 10NF) alone and in their physical mixture with a water-soluble drug, vitamin B 12, as a function of storage time. The combination of FT-IR spectroscopy, positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) and Doppler-broadening spectroscopy was applied to follow the effect of water uptake on the structural changes. Our results indicate that water-induced interactions between polymeric chains can be sensitively detected. This enables the prediction of stability of dosage forms in the course of storage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-163
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmaceutics
Volume416
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 15 2011

Keywords

  • Carbopol 71G
  • Carbopol Ultrez 10NF
  • Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)
  • Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS)
  • Water uptake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science

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