Send to

Choose Destination
Carbohydr Polym. 2013 Oct 15;98(1):1108-16. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2013.07.017. Epub 2013 Jul 16.

Both solubility and chemical stability of curcumin are enhanced by solid dispersion in cellulose derivative matrices.

Author information

Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA.


Amorphous solid dispersions (ASD) of curcumin (Cur) in cellulose derivative matrices, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS), carboxymethylcellulose acetate butyrate (CMCAB), and cellulose acetate adipate propionate (CAAdP) were prepared in order to investigate the structure-property relationship and identify polymer properties necessary to effectively increase Cur aqueous solution concentration. XRD results indicated that all investigated solid dispersions were amorphous, even at a 9:1 Cur:polymer ratio. Both stability against crystallization and Cur solution concentration from these ASDs were significantly higher than those from physical mixtures and crystalline Cur. Remarkably, curcumin was also stabilized against chemical degradation in solution. Chemical stabilization was polymer-dependent, with stabilization in CAAdP>CMCAB>HPMCAS>PVP, while matrices enhanced solution concentration as PVP>HPMCAS>>CMCAB≈CAAdP. HPMCAS/Cur dispersions have useful combinations of pH-triggered release profile, chemical stabilization, and strong enhancement of Cur solution concentration.


Amorphous solid dispersion; Cellulose ester; Curcumin; Drug delivery; Solubility; Stability

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center