Location: Plant Polymer ResearchTitle: Encapsulation of essential oils into nanoparticles to be used as environmentally-friendly alternative pesticides
Submitted to: American Chemical Society National Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2017
Publication Date: 8/20/2017
Citation: Kim, S. 2017. Encapsulation of essential oils into nanoparticles to be used as environmentally-friendly alternative pesticides [abstract]. 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exhibition, August 20-24, 2017, Washington, D.C.
Technical Abstract: Many essential oils (EO’s) possess a wide spectrum of biological activity including anti-microbial, fungicidal, insecticidal/insect repellent, herbicidal, acaricidal and nematicidal properties. They provide a simple, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly pest control. EO’s are volatile oils. The volatility and water-insolubility renders their utilization as pesticide less appealing. Encapsulation of EO into tiny particles delays evaporation of EO. Each EO is a mixture of many different types of oils. Optimum reaction condition of the production of encapsulated oil is found from the three-component phase-diagram of each EO and its solvent mixture. EO’s are encapsulated into the shell prepared from bio-based amphiphilic polymers. Encapsulated EO adheres on the surface of plant leaves, and is not washed away with rain. The current encapsulation product is degradable, non-toxic, and easy to manufacture.