Low pressure mediated enhancement of nanoparticle and macromolecule loading into porous silicon structures

Fransisca Leonard, Katrin Margulis-Goshen, Xuewu Liu, Srimeenakshi Srinivasan, Shlomo Magdassi, Biana Godin

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Abstract

Ensuring drug loading efficiency and consistency is one of the most critical stages in engineering drug delivery vectors based on porous materials. Here we propose a technique to significantly enhance the efficiency of loading by employing simple and widely available methods: applying low pressure with and without centrifugation. Our results point toward the advantages the proposed method over the passive loading, especially where the size difference of loaded materials and the pore size of the porous silicon particles is smaller, an increase up to 20-fold can be observed. The technique described in the study can be used for efficient and reproducible loading of porous materials with therapeutic molecules, nanoparticles and contrast imaging agents for biomedical application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMesoporous biomaterials
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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