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Keywords:

  • encapsulation;
  • controlled release;
  • drug delivery;
  • microparticles;
  • microcapsules;
  • microfluidics
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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.