Redefining the functions of nanocapsule materials
Nanocapsules are key components in new technologies related to biomedicine and materials science. However, their long-term fate after use is still largely ignored. We discuss here a sustainable approach where the products of degradation of the nanoparticles play a significant role in their application because they are also functional molecules. The polymer shell of the nanocapsules is chemically engineered so that the degradation products formed upon chemical damage are useful after their normal use.