Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 283, Issue 9, pp 1033–1040 | Cite as

Solubility of naphthalene in aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene glycol)–poly(propylene glycol)–poly(ethylene glycol) triblock copolymers and (2-hydroxypropyl)cyclodextrins

  • Jiří HorskýEmail author
  • Zuzana Walterová
Short Communications


The solubility of naphthalene was investigated in aqueous solutions of triblock copolymers poly(ethylene glycol)–poly(propylene glycol)–poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG–PPG–PEG) and (2-hydroxypropyl)cyclodextrins. The results with solutions of the individual solubilizers were as expected: the solubility enhancement was much higher with a micelle-forming copolymer than with the non-micellizing one and with (2-hydroxypropyl)-β-cyclodextrin (HPBCD) than with (2-hydroxypropyl)-α-cyclodextrin (HPACD). Although the formation of inclusion complexes between HPACD and PEG and between HPBCD and PPG is well established, the naphthalene solubility in mixed solutions does not significantly deviate from that predicted for a mixture of independent solubilizers. Thus the interactions between HPCD and PEG–PPG–PEG copolymers are not strong enough to disrupt micelles and aggregates formed by those copolymers. In fact, slight synergetic deviations were observed with the micellizing copolymer, indicating the existence of ternary naphthalene/HPCD/copolymer interactions. For pharmaceutical applications, it is important that the solubilization efficacy of PEG–PPG–PEG copolymers and that of cyclodextrins modified by the 2-hydroxypropyl group would not be compromised if these two types of solubilizers were co-administered.


Naphthalene solubilization Copolymer micellization Cyclodextrins 



The project was supported by the Grant Agency of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (grant A1050101).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Macromolecular ChemistryAcademy of Sciences of the Czech RepublicPrague 6Czech Republic

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