Quick synthesis of lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles with low polydispersity using a single-step sonication method

Ronnie H. Fang, Santosh Aryal, Che Ming Jack Hu, Liangfang Zhang

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Lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticle, consisting of a hydrophobic polymeric core and a lipid monolayer shell, represents a new and promising drug delivery platform that has shown controllable particle size and surface functionality, high drug loading yield, sustained drug release profile, and excellent in vitro and in vivo stability. These lipid monolayer-coated polymeric nanoparticles are typically fabricated through a modified nanoprecipitation method, which involves sample heating, vortexing, and solvent evaporation. Herein we report a new and fast method to synthesize lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles with controllable and nearly uniform particle size. Using a bath sonication approach, we demonstrate that the whole hybrid nanoparticle synthesis process can be completed in about 5 min compared with a few hours for previous synthesis approaches. The size and polydispersity of the resulting nanoparticles can be readily controlled by tuning the relative concentrations of individual building components. Colloidal stability tests of the synthesized hybrid nanoparticles in PBS buffer and serum show no signs of aggregation over a period of 5 days. The present method improves the production rate of the hybrid nanoparticles by near 20-fold while not compromising the physicochemical properties of the particles. This work may facilitate the bench-to-bedside translation of lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticles as a robust drug nanocarrier by allowing for fabricating a large amount of these nanoparticles at high production rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16958-16962
Number of pages5
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 16 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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