Nanospheres Containing Urea: Photothermic Properties

F. Mallon Mercado, E. San Martín Martinez, M. A. Aguilar-Méndez, A. Cruz-Orea

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© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. In the present research, nanospheres of chitosan (CS), maltodextrin, and sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP), loaded with urea, were synthesized by using an ionic gelation technique. In the nanosphere synthesis was used a central composite experimental design, obtaining nanospheres with an average size of 275 ± 32 nm and 27.5 mV zeta potential. The nanospheres were characterized by their hydrodynamic diameter, polydispersity index, nitrogen content, and thermal properties such as thermal diffusivity (α), effusivity (e), and conductivity (k); also melting temperature was obtained by differential scanning calorimetry. The thermal properties of nanospheres show that the sample with the smallest size has a thermal diffusivity value of (14.4 ± 0.4) × 10−8 m2·s−1 and a thermal conductivity value of (6.4 ± 0.1) × 10−1 W·m−1·K−1, and the obtained melting temperature was 157 °C. Higher concentrations of CS increase the values of these thermal properties, probably because chitosan interacts ionically with STPP forming a reticular network due to the opposite charges of both molecules.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalInternational Journal of Thermophysics
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018


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