Targeted Delivery: An Integrated Microrobotic Platform for On-Demand, Targeted Therapeutic Interventions (Adv. Mater. 6/2014)




Mahmut S. Sakar and co-workers, on page 952 combine the design and fabrication of near infrared light (NIR) responsive hydrogel capsules and biocompatible magnetic scaffolds for on-demand, targeted drug and cell delivery. The smart microcapsules encapsulate magnetic alginate microbeads loaded with biological materials and they can be automatically steered using a magnetic manipulation system. The capsules can be reversibly opened at target locations to release the microbeads using NIR induced heating. Digital artwork created by Rocco Bottani.