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Temperature Regulates a New Delivery System for Drugs and Fragrances
Microscopic, bottle-like structures with corks that melt at precisely-controlled temperatures could potentially release drugs inside the body or fragrances onto the skin, according to a recently published study.
Dong Choon Hyun, Ping Lu, Sang-Il Choi, Unyong Jeong, Younan Xia. Microscale Polymer Bottles Corked with a Phase-Change Material for Temperature-Controlled Release. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013; DOI: 10.1002/anie.201305006
A scanning electron microscope image showing the polystyrene “bottles with a hole in the surface. The inset shows a magnified view. (Credit: Younan Xia)