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Droplet-based microgels: Attractive materials for drug delivery systems

Droplet-based microgels: Attractive materials for drug delivery systems
Droplet-based microgels: Attractive materials for drug delivery systems
Microgels are materials that have the properties to swell and shrink when exposed to external stimuli, i.e. temperature and pH. Therefore, they are instrumental in the field of drug delivery, but their production is complicated. Different strategies have been used to produce microgels from which emulsion polymerization and microfluidic techniques are commonly used. Lab-on-a-chip devices are handy and alternative tools to produce microgels because they provide control on the size, shape and reproducible production of microgels. This review will highlight the ways how to initiate polymerization inside droplets and convert them into microgels using lab-on-a-chip devices.
2576-8840
Hassan, Sammer-Ul
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Zhang, Xunli
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Hassan, Sammer-Ul
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Zhang, Xunli
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Hassan, Sammer-Ul and Zhang, Xunli (2019) Droplet-based microgels: Attractive materials for drug delivery systems. Research & Development in Material Science, 11 (3). (doi:10.31031/RDMS.2019.11.000763).

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Abstract

Microgels are materials that have the properties to swell and shrink when exposed to external stimuli, i.e. temperature and pH. Therefore, they are instrumental in the field of drug delivery, but their production is complicated. Different strategies have been used to produce microgels from which emulsion polymerization and microfluidic techniques are commonly used. Lab-on-a-chip devices are handy and alternative tools to produce microgels because they provide control on the size, shape and reproducible production of microgels. This review will highlight the ways how to initiate polymerization inside droplets and convert them into microgels using lab-on-a-chip devices.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 20 August 2019
Published date: August 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 440668
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/440668
ISSN: 2576-8840
PURE UUID: 482e0c03-06da-49a6-891d-8f2717ed4b60
ORCID for Sammer-Ul Hassan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0319-5814
ORCID for Xunli Zhang: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4375-1571

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Date deposited: 13 May 2020 16:33
Last modified: 01 Sep 2020 01:40

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