Ultrafine Bubbles 101: Tiny Wonders with Big Potential

Nick Jackowetz, Ph.D.  &  Kiriako Tsoukalas, M.S. 

What Are Ultrafine Bubbles?

Ultrafine bubbles (UFBs) are tiny gas-filled spheres that enable exciting possibilities across many industries. With diameters smaller than a bacterial cell, these particles are significantly smaller than the bubbles we encounter every day, yet they possess remarkable and unexpected properties.

UFBs can be likened to a fleet of miniature delivery trucks, transporting nutrients and active compounds to their intended targets with great efficacy. Their high surface-to-volume ratio allows them to load valuable cargo and maximize interactions with cells. Once loaded, these UFB ‘delivery trucks’ can transport their large payloads to cells and living organisms, increasing the efficiency with which they receive essential nutrients and compounds. This unique delivery system improves growth rates, enhances product effects and reduces the need for additional chemicals.

Moreover, UFBs exhibit exceptional stability, remaining intact for months or even years due to their increased internal pressure and reduced buoyancy. This longevity enables them to function as long-lasting carriers and catalysts, reducing the need for their frequent replenishment and thus minimizing waste.

In the cosmetics realm, UFBs can enhance the delivery of active ingredients. This leads to better product outcomes for consumers, while potentially reducing the need for additional chemicals and/or penetrating agents, thus promoting more sustainable and clean label formulations.

During precision fermentation, UFBs increase cellular growth, overall biomass, and target molecule titers. This leads to more efficient operational processes that minimize resource consumption and produce more affordable products for consumers.

Even the food and beverage industries are exploring the use of UFBs to modify beverage sensory characteristics, optimize food texture, and improve nutritional value, contributing to innovative and nutritious products.

Beyond consumer-focused applications, UFB’s are also disrupting the agricultural industry. Their ability to deliver nutrients leads to higher yields and lower fertilizer usage in many agricultural processes. This promotes sustainable farming practices for growers and leads to lower prices for consumers.

What Are the Application Possibilities for Ultrafine Bubbles?

Companies like Hydrosome Labs are at the forefront of harnessing the power of ultrafine bubbles, but their potential applications are vast and largely unexplored. While we have seen promising uses in cosmetics, precision fermentation, food and beverage, and agriculture, these are just the beginning. Imagine how ultrafine bubbles could revolutionize your own industry. Could their delivery capabilities enhance your product formulations? Can they unlock new solutions in materials science, or lead to more effective therapeutic outcomes? Might their stability enable more sustainable manufacturing? The possibilities are endless.

As innovators continue to unravel the vast potential of ultrafine bubbles, one thing is certain: these tiny spheres are making big waves. But the ripple effects have only just begun. It is up to creative minds to explore where else these UFBs could deliver sustainable, transformative impact. So consider – how could ultrafine bubbles reshape your world?

Research Committed to the Advancement of Ultrafine Bubble Technology

Improved Carnosine Delivery

In this study, Hydrosome Labs contracted with TRI Princeton to investigate improved skin permeation of carnosine when formulated with Hydrosome...

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Improved Zinc Uptake

In this study, Hydrosome Labs partnered with a third party laboratory to show the cellular uptake of zinc in deionized...

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