Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds produced by plants that have long been recognized for their insecticidal, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. However, applications of terpenes have been limited by their volatility and poor water solubility resulting in challenges to produce products without the use of surfactants or alcohols. We have developed methods using hollow, porous Yeast Cell Wall Particles (YCWPs) to efficiently encapsulate high levels of terpenes with stimuli-responsive control of terpene release using biodegradable pro-terpene compounds. Here we report an example of this approach using carvacrol. YCWP carvacrol and YCWP pro-carvacrol materials were synthesized, characterized for stability, controlled carvacrol release, and in vitro antibacterial properties.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: TechConnect Briefs 2019
Published: June 17, 2019
Pages: 435 - 438
Industry sector: Personal & Home Care, Food & Agriculture
Topics: Personal & Home Care, Food & Agriculture, Sustainable Materials