Issue 28, 2022

Manufacturing polymeric porous capsules


Polymeric porous capsules represent hugely promising systems that allow a size-selective through-shell material exchange with their surroundings. They have vast potential in applications ranging from drug delivery and chemical microreactors to artificial cell science and synthetic biology. Due to their porous core–shell structure, polymeric porous capsules possess an enhanced permeability that enables the exchange of small molecules while retaining larger compounds and macromolecules. The cross-capsule transfer of material is regulated by their pore size cut-off, which depends on the molecular composition and adopted fabrication method. This review outlines the main strategies for manufacturing polymeric porous capsules and provides some practical guidance for designing polymeric capsules with controlled pore size.

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Article type
22 Nov 2021
09 Feb 2022
First published
17 Mar 2022
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Chem. Commun., 2022,58, 4409-4419

Manufacturing polymeric porous capsules

C. Contini, W. Hu and Y. Elani, Chem. Commun., 2022, 58, 4409 DOI: 10.1039/D1CC06565C

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