University of Technology Sydney

68494 Cosmetics and Nutraceuticals

Requisite(s): 65212 Chemistry 2 AND 91132 Molecular Biology
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
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This subject introduces students to the use of plant-derived products in various pharmaceutical sale segments of nutritional and food supplements, herbal or cosmetics products, and nutraceuticals. It discusses classification in nutraceutical and cosmetic products, products testing, stability, efficacy evaluation and regulatory aspects. This subject provides the key skills and understanding of formulation as a critical process in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutraceutical industries. In particular, an understanding of the complex interactions between individual ingredients in the formulated product, including the use of emulsifiers and surfactants, is required as well as an appreciation of customer demands. Here, students learn how the application of modern formulation technology makes it possible to develop products that successfully combine performance and stability. To make this happen, aspects of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, including the extraction of ingredients like essential oils, have to merge with process technology, including rheology and texture with product design. The subject provides an overview of the key concepts that impact development of liquid, semi-solid and solid formulations.

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