Emulsion-based Encapsulation in Systems & Products

Emulsion based encapsulation: molecules
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Using innovative encapsulation technologies for increased product shelf life and quality

Encapsulating ingredients in cosmetics increases the efficiency, stability and shelf life of emulsion-based products like these and many others. In addition, the encapsulation process enables manufacturers to control the release of active ingredients in a targeted manner, enhancing their efficiency and availability.

Researchers from Fraunhofer IVV and Fraunhofer IMM are working together to improve their understanding of encapsulated system properties, and to exploit the sensory advantages of these systems with the aim of meeting product-specific and customer-specific requirements. Through the use of encapsulation technologies, for example, we can specifically stabilize volatile or sensitive ingredients in the product matrix. This enables us to enrich your product with additional active ingredients or make it even more effective and durable by optimizing its packaging. At Fraunhofer IVV, we specialize in researching and optimizing products across multiple senses, while Fraunhofer IMM’s researchers provide process engineering methods for producing and upscaling both the encapsulated ingredients and the resulting products.

Whether you specialize in goods or packaging, our innovative encapsulation technologies will help increase the value and quality of your products.

Contact us to learn more about our services.

Our services in the field of encapsulation technologies

Developing products
using encapsulation technologies

We develop products with improved sensory properties:


  • Development of new emulsion-based systems and products
  • Encapsulation of sensitive ingredients (aromas, fragrances, vitamins, etc.)
  • Protection of natural ingredients against decomposition due to light, temperature, pH influence and oxidation

emulsion-based products

We develop products with improved sensory properties:
  • Optimization of formula stability
  • Improvements in handling and texture
  • Masking of odors, flavors, colors
  • Shelf life extension

Targeted release of
active ingredients

We can help you to increase the value and quality of your product:



Together we develop emulsion-based products that are highly efficient and stable.

Possible applications of emulsion-based encapsulation in systems and products

Use of encapsulation technologies in personal care and natural products

Extracts, fragrances, oils, minerals

Emulsion-based encapsulation: personal care cosmetic products

Due to their composition, natural ingredients are very sensitive to external influences - such as oxygen - and are usually less stable and durable as a result. Companies that use natural ingredients and plant oils in cosmetic products are therefore presented with the challenge of exploiting the positive effects of the active ingredients in the best possible way while keeping the negative effects to a minimum.

The oxidation process, in particular, can severely impair the quality of cosmetic products, causing natural ingredients to change under the influence of oxygen and form undesirable flavors and odors.

We use multisensory methods to examine your products, identifying both the benefits of the ingredients they contain and the risks that exist due to oxidation. By continuously encapsulating the liquid active ingredients (such as extracts, oils and fragrances) as well as the solid ingredients (such as minerals, iron oxide and titanium dioxide) we can create a perfect outcome for your products.

Our encapsulation services for personal care and natural products:

  • Continuous formulation and encapsulation solutions in biopolymer materials
  • Increase in the stabilization of unstable anti-aging ingredients
  • Improvement in skin penetration and the release of active ingredients
  • Fragrance control
  • Masking of bad odors caused by oxidation


Latest research projects in the field of product performance


Project »ProColor«

Development of a plant-based new color transfer inhibitor for use in powder color detergents.

Project »Damaged Beans«

Using damaged cocoa pods to manufacture cosmetic products.

Cooperation project

We offer the following encapsulation technology services in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM: product development, modeling, formulation, sensor technology and analytics.

Fraunhofer IMM