Development of self-assembling nanocapsules for environmental applications

Id:
4

Funder:
Science Foundation Ireland

Title:
Development of self-assembling nanocapsules for environmental applications

Coordinator:
Marison Ian

Organisation:
Dublin City University (DCU)

Country:
IRELAND

SRIA Themes:
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Start Date:
01/09/2008

End Date:
01/12/2013

Summary:
This research proposes to use natural nanostructures (which are technically termed self-assembling nanocapsules) in remediation to recover hydrophobic organic pollutants from water. The principle aims of the research project are: (1) to extract nanocapsule structures (oil bodies or oleosomes) from a range of oleaginous plant seeds and their press-cakes; (2) to determine the rate of uptake and Langmuir isotherms for the extraction of a range of hydrophobic organic pollutants (having a range of Log Kow values from 1-5) from water using nanocapsules and to compare the results with those using liquid-liquid extraction; (4) to extract the proteins (oleosins) associated with the nanocapsules; (5) to reconstitute capsules from purified oil body proteins.

Keywords:
Nanostructures; Hydrophobic organic pollutants; Plant seeds; Water