13th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Aix-Marseille Université, France
Title: Optimizing the Properties of Tio2 Nanomaterials Used As Uv-Blockers in Sunscreen to Maximise the Efficiency and Safety of the Final Product
Biography: Jerome Labille
Among nanotechnology-based products, sunscreens are of emerging concern. Nano metric titanium dioxide (TiO2) UV-blockers are advantageous in terms of sun protection and aesthetics. However from a regulatory perspective, their fate and impact are still under consideration, due to their potential influence on both consumers and the environment. At present, many gaps remain in the scientific knowledge regarding the efficacy and safety of nanomaterials used in sunscreen [2-4]. Nano metric TiO2 minerals are largely used in sunscreen since they are efficient and transparent UVblockers with both light scattering and absorption properties. From an optical aspect, little is known regarding the size and structural characteristics of the nanoparticle that optimize the resulting sunscreen. We studied this aspect by varying TiO2 primary particle size, structure, coating and concentration, using both nanomaterials currently on the market and those synthesized in-house. Our work aimed to optimize the properties of the UV blockers prior to their integration into a cosmetic formulation. Both the absorbing and scattering properties of the UV-blocker were optimised in order to get the highest sun protection factor (SPF) and transparency on the cream Prepared on purpose. The resulting sunscreens were characterised in terms of structure (nanomaterial dispersion in the emulsion) and this was related to the (SPF). The consequences of these characteristics on the overall risk of the product were also studied considering the entire lifecycle. Release and fate of the nanomaterial upon sunscreen aging were characterised and quantified.