The purpose of this study is to monitor phase transformations in intact trehalose tablets using FT-Raman spectroscopy. Tablets of trehalose dihydrate, amorphous trehalose (obtained by freeze-drying aqueous trehalose solutions), and anhydrous trehalose (β-trehalose) were prepared. The tablets were exposed to different conditions [11% and 0% RH (60°C); 75% RH (25°C)] and monitored periodically over 96 h using Raman spectroscopy. Within 96 h of storage, the following phase transformations were observed: (1) trehalose dihydrate → β-trehalose (11% RH, 60°C), (2) trehalose dihydrate → α-trehalose (0% RH, 60°C), (3) β-trehalose → trehalose dihydrate (75% RH, 25°C), and (4) amorphous trehalose → trehalose dihydrate (75% RH, 25°C). FT-Raman spectroscopy was a useful technique to identify the solid form and monitor multiple-phase transformations in intact trehalose tablets stored at different conditions.
- Phase transformation
- Raman spectroscopy