BEHAVIOUR OF TiO2/CHITOSAN DISPERSION AS A FUNCTION OF SOLUTION pH
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This paper presents the physico-chemical characteristics of titanium dioxide/chitosan dispersion. The surface and electrostatic properties of TiO2 particles in the electrolyte solution (NaCl) and in the presence of a biopolymer were determined by static and dynamic light scattering. The stability measurements were made under different conditions, where the variable was the dispersion pH. This paper mainly includes discussion of dispersion behaviour in neutral and alkaline environments. At each pH value (6–9), the addition of chitosan caused significant improvement in stability compared to the systems of base titanium dioxide. Of the tested systems, the most stable values of diameter and zeta potential for dispersion were found at pH 7. The study allowed the conclusion that the addition of chitosan to TiO2 dispersion created the possibility of using such systems as a drug carrier for the controlled release of active substances sensitive to pH changes.
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