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Microfluidic synthesis of advanced microparticles for encapsulation and controlled release

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Abstract

We describe droplet microfluidic strategies used to fabricate advanced microparticles that are useful structures for the encapsulation and release of actives; these strategies can be further developed to produce microparticles for advanced drug delivery applications. Microfluidics enables exquisite control in the fabrication of polymer vesicles and thermosensitive microgels from single and higher-order multiple emulsion templates. The strategies used to create the diversity of microparticle structures described in this review, coupled with the scalability of microfluidics, will enable fabrication of large quantities of novel microparticle structures that have potential uses in controlled drug release applications.

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The article was received on 25 Nov 2011, accepted on 07 Mar 2012 and first published on 14 Mar 2012


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C2LC21164E
Citation: Lab Chip, 2012,12, 2135-2145
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    Microfluidic synthesis of advanced microparticles for encapsulation and controlled release

    W. J. Duncanson, T. Lin, A. R. Abate, S. Seiffert, R. K. Shah and D. A. Weitz, Lab Chip, 2012, 12, 2135
    DOI: 10.1039/C2LC21164E

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