Optical Sciences

Biomolecules and nanostructures

The Optical Sciences group studies the interaction of light and matter at the nanoscale. We do this by exploring ways to shape light and its environment. It's what we call active and passive control. Our current focus is on the interaction of light with biomolecules and nanostructures. We are part of Twente University's Department of Science and Technology and member of the MESA+ institute.
We participate in the EU-COST actions MP1102: Coherent Raman microscopy (MicroCor) and CM1202: Supramolecular photocatalytic water splitting (PERSPECT-H2O)


In situ dissolution analysis using coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering CARS and hyperspectral CARS microscopy

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Andrew Fussell, Erik Garbacik, Herman Offerhaus, Peter Kleinebudde, Clare Strachan
European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Vol. 85 Issue 3 Part B P1141-1147, November 2013

The solid-state form of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in an oral dosage form plays an important role in determining the dissolution rate of the API. As the solid-state form can change during dissolution, there is a need to monitor the oral dosage form during dissolution testing. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy provides rapid, spectrally selective imaging to monitor the oral dosage form during dissolution. In this study, in situ CARS microscopy was combined with inline UV absorption spectroscopy to monitor the solid-state change in oral dosage forms containing theophylline anhydrate undergoing dissolution and to correlate the solid-state change with a change in dissolution rate. The results from in situ CARS microscopy showed that theophylline anhydrate converted to theophylline monohydrate during dissolution resulting in a reduction in the dissolution rate. The addition of methyl cellulose to the dissolution medium was found to delay the theophylline monohydrate growth and changed the morphology of the monohydrate. The net effect was an increased dissolution rate for theophylline anhydrate. Our results show that in situ CARS microscopy combined with inline UV absorption spectroscopy is capable of monitoring oral dosage forms undergoing dissolution and correlating changes in solid-state form with changes in dissolution rate.
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