# Appendix A. The diffusion coefficient of progesterone in the release ```Appendix A.
The diffusion coefficient of progesterone in the release medium was calculated using the
Stokes-Einstein equation (1):
Da 
kB T
6 r
(A.1)
where Da is the progesterone diffusion coefficient in the ethanol-water mixture with an
ethanol content of 20% v/v, kB is Boltzman constant (1.3806 x 10-17 Pa cm3 K-1), T is the
release medium temperature (310.15 K), η is the dynamic viscosity of the media (Pa s) and
r is the radius progesterone (cm). The dynamic viscosity η = 0.0016 Pa s of the ethanolwater mixture with an ethanol content of 20% v/v was reported by Barnes (2). The
progesterone radius can be calculated with the following equation (3):
1/3
 3Mv 
r 

 4 Na 
(A.2)
where Mv is the progesterone molar volume (cm3 mol-1) and Na is the Avogadro number
(6.022 x 1023 mol-1). The progesterone molar volume can be approximate by the quotient
between the molecular weight and the density (3):
Mv 
PM

(A.3)
where PM is the progesterone molecular weight (g mol-1) and ρ is the progesterone density
(g cm-3). The molecular weight and the density of progesterone are 314.46 g mol-1 and 1.17
g cm-3 respectively (4). Using equation (A.3), the molar volume calculated is 268.77 cm3
mol-1. Introducing this value in equation (A.2), the progesterone radius is r = 4.7 x 10-8 cm.
Finally, using equation (A.1), a progesterone diffusion coefficient Da = 3.02 x 10-6 cm2 s-1
was calculated.
The effective thickness of the stagnant liquid layer was calculated employing the Levich
equation (5):
ha  1.62 Da1/3  1/6  1/2
(A.4)
where ha is the effective thickness of the stagnant liquid layer (cm),  is the cinematic
viscosity of the release medium (cm2 s-1) and ω is the rotation angular velocity of the
release device (s-1). The Levich equation allows to calculate the effective thickness of the
stagnant liquid layer existing on the surface of a device that rotate at constant velocity (5).
The cinematic viscosity of the ethanol-water mixture with a ethanol content of 20% v/v can
be calculated using the dynamic viscosity value, as follows:


m
(A.5)
where ρm is the density of the ethanol-water mixture with a ethanol content of 20% v/v (g
cm-3). Using the dynamic viscosity of the ethanol-water 20:80, ρm = 0.9616g cm-3, the
cinematic viscosity was calculated resulting in  = 0.0166 cm2 s-1.
The rotation angular velocity of the device can be calculated as:

2 f
60
(A.6)
where f is the revolutions per minute (min-1). The values of ω obtained for stirring speed of
25 rpm and 100 rpm are 2.6180 s-1 and 10.4720 s-1, respectively. Consequently, using
equation (A.4), the effective thickness of the stagnant liquid layer is 0.0073 cm and 0.0036
cm for stirring speed of 25 rpm and 100 rpm, respectively.
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