Microcarriers: Elaborate Design Strategies Toward Novel Microcarriers for Controlled Encapsulation and Release (Part. Part. Syst. Charact. 1/2013)

Authors

  • Tae Soup Shim,

    1. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701 Korea
    2. National Creative Research Initiative Center for Integrated Optofluidic Systems, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701 Korea
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  • Shin-Hyun Kim,

    1. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701 Korea
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  • Seung-Man Yang

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701 Korea
    2. National Creative Research Initiative Center for Integrated Optofluidic Systems, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701 Korea
    • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701 Korea.
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Abstract

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Novel microcarriers for encapsulation of bioactive agents have been extensively investigated for therapeutic applications. Recent advances in microfluidics and other techniques have inspired the design of new microcarriers with precisely controlled size, shape, and function, which possibly allow for new medical and biological applications. Various types of novel microcarriers, including block-copolymer nanoparticles, cylindrical microparticles, dense-shell microcapsules, macroporous microcapsules, polymer vesicles, and foldable bilayer microparticles, are reviewed by Seung-Man Yang and co-workers on page 9.

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