On the diameter and size distributions of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA)-based microspheres. Academic Article uri icon


  • A fluid mechanics-based correlation for the average size of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) microspheres, prepared using a water-in-oil emulsion technique, is presented. The correlation is formulated based on the theory of turbulent dispersion and a non-dimensional Weber number. Measured average diameters of the BSA microspheres prepared in olive oil at different stirring speeds are used to construct the correlation formula. The correlation gives good agreement with experimentally measured average diameters for a wide range of Weber numbers. This correlation is particularly useful to the pharmaceutical industry for predicting the size of encapsulated microspheres used in drug delivery prior to microsphere preparation. The effect of additives on microsphere size was also explored. The average diameter of the BSA microspheres was doubled by the addition of a bioadherent vitelline protein B solution. In addition, a Rosin-Rammler statistical distribution function is shown to accurately represent the microsphere size distribution obtained at different stirring speeds.

published proceedings

  • J Microencapsul

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Bahukudumbi, P., Carson, K. H., Rice-Ficht, A. C., & Andrews, M. J.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Bahukudumbi, P||Carson, KH||Rice-Ficht, AC||Andrews, MJ

publication date

  • November 2004