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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11767-11794; doi:10.3390/ijms140611767

Phospholipids at the Interface: Current Trends and Challenges

Centre for Formulation Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, Edgbaston B15 2TT, UK
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Received: 13 February 2013 / Revised: 3 May 2013 / Accepted: 28 May 2013 / Published: 3 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phospholipids: Molecular Sciences 2012)
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Abstract

Phospholipids are one of the major structural elements of biological membranes. Due to their amphiphilic character, they can adopt various molecular assemblies when dispersed in water, such as bilayer vesicles or micelles, which give them unique interfacial properties and render them very attractive in terms of foam or emulsion stabilization. This article aims at reviewing the properties of phospholipids at the air/water and oil/water interfaces, as well as the recent advances in using these natural components as stabilizers, alone or in combination with other compounds such as proteins. A discussion regarding the challenges and opportunities offered by phospholipids-stabilized structure concludes the review.
Keywords: phospholipids; lecithin; air/water interface; oil/water interface; emulsions; foam; monolayer; ITIES phospholipids; lecithin; air/water interface; oil/water interface; emulsions; foam; monolayer; ITIES
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Pichot, R.; Watson, R.L.; Norton, I.T. Phospholipids at the Interface: Current Trends and Challenges. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 11767-11794.

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