Solving solubility

A graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry has found a way to increase a compound's solubility, which could have implications for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and agriculture. Katy Margulis-Goshen working for Shlomo Magdassi has demonstrated that drying an oil-in-water emulsion containing an insoluble substance produces nanoparticles of that substance which can be readily dissolved in water or biological fluids. The technique might be exploited in novel pharmaceutical formulations and agrochemical delivery systems.