Hydrogels: Advanced Subcompartmentalized Microreactors: Polymer Hydrogel Carriers Encapsulating Polymer Capsules and Liposomes (Small 21/2013)



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A microreactor containing subcompartments of two different compositions, such as polymer hydrogel capsules and liposomes, is presented by F. Caruso and co-workers on page 3573 as an artificial cell mimic or therapeutic delivery system. Control over the spatial positioning of the both components within the microreactor, together with selective and spatially-dependent degradation of subcompartments, is achieved. The functionality of enzyme loaded within the liposomal compartments is preserved, as demonstrated by in situ enzymatic reactions.