Tiny Bottles and Melting Corks: Temperature Regulates a New Delivery System for Drugs and Fragrances

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Georgia Tech researchers create polymer nanobottles for targeted drug delivery.

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Typical drug delivery systems act more like sponges than bottles. For example, drugs are absorbed into polymer particles and then allowed to diffuse out over time. The researchers hope that the new system may allow for greater control of drug delivery. Cargo would stay inside the hollow polymer particle when plugged with a solid cork. When the cork is melted by body heat, the drugs would quickly flow out of the particle bottle.

“It’s just like when you open wine, you remove the cork,” said Younan Xia, a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Xia also holds joint appointments in School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. Read more here...

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Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology

Engineering, Life Sciences and Biology, Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, Research
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Bioengineering and Bioscience, Electronics and Nanotechnology, Materials
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Biiomedical Engineering, Drug Delivery Systems, Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, nanobiology, nanobottles, Younan Xia
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  • Created On: Oct 25, 2013 - 4:50am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:15pm