Antibacterial Aqueous Emulsions

  • Jan W. Gooch
Part of the Topics in Applied Chemistry book series (TAPP)


Researchers at the Center for Biologic Nanotechnology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan published and patented results of project MDA 972-1-007 of the Unconventional Pathogen Countermeasures Program, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. The introduction of biological agents to our working and living environment has forced an examination of preventative and decontamination methods (Mobley 1995). The project involved antibacterial aqueous nanoemulsions to treat bacteria-infected people and disinfect contaminated surfaces such as vehicles and medical equipment exposed to anthrax spores. Literature and patents were reviewed, materials and equipment were procured, and emulsions were prepared and evaluated for antibacterial activity. The antibacterial emulsion technology could possibly be useful if it is reproducible. Regarding emulsion technology, the term “emulsion” is the industry standard, and “nanoemulsion” pertains to emulsified particle less than a micron in diameter (e.g., typical of paint latex particle size), but greater than a nanometer. Actually, particle diameters for industrial emulsions are usually in the nanometer range.


Oleic Acid Antibacterial Activity Caprylic Acid Tributyl Phosphate Defense Advance Research Project Agency 
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  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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