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December 22, 2020

The oral presentation Production of temperature-responsive hydrophobic deep eutectic solvent based O/W nanoemulsions by membrane emulsification: Exploratory study on antimicrobial activity received the “2nd Prize for Oral Presentation” in the 12th International Congress on Membranes & Membrane Processes 2020, one of the most relevant international scientific meetings in Membranes & Membrane Processes research. This is the second distinction of this work, previously it featured in the cover of the scientific journal “ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering“.

This collaborative work between FCT-NOVA, iBETITQB-NOVA and INMA, describes the sustainable production and characterisation of novel hydrophobic deep eutectic solvents-based nanoemulsions, using membrane assisted nanoemulsification.

The technique described, addresses the low solubility of hydrophobic solvents in polar media by dispersing the temperature-responsive hydrophobic deep eutectic solvents as oil-in-water nanoemulsions with enhanced therapeutic properties. Thus, this research sets the floor to explore a plethora of hydrophobic components for the green synthesis of novel deep eutectic solvents.

By performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing assays, this research also demonstrates that membrane assisted nanoemulsification enhance antimicrobial activity, opening a large diversity of potential biomedical or food applications.

Authors of the awarded work: Usman Syed, Inês Leonardo, Rosa Huertas, Frédéric Gaspar, Ruth Lahoz, Teresa Crespo, Manuel Arreubo, João Crespo, Carla Brazinha, Victor Sebastian.

Original Research: Syed, Usman; Leonardo, Inês; Lahoz, Ruth; Gaspar, Frédéric; Huertas, Rosa; Crespo, Maria ; Arruebo, Manuel; Crespo, J.G.; Sebastian, Victor; Brazinha, Carla (2020). Microengineered membranes for sustainable production of hydrophobic deep eutectic solvent-based nanoemulsions by membrane emulsification for enhanced antimicrobial activity. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 8 (44): 16526–16536. https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c05612

Awarded research work in the cover of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Journal
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