Facile Spray-Drying Assembly of Uniform Microencapsulates with Tunable Core-Shell Structures and Controlled Release Properties
Liu, Wenjie（Monash Univ, Dept Chem Engn）
Wu, Winston Duo（Monash Univ, Dept Chem Engn）
Selomulya, Cordelia（Monash Univ, Dept Chem Engn）
Chen, Xiao Dong
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Microencapsulates with defined core shell structures are of interest for applications, such as controlled release and encapsulation, because of the feasibility of fine-tuning individual functionalities of different parts. Here, we report a new approach for efficient and scalable production of such particles. Eudragit RS (a co-polymer of ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, and a low content of methacrylic acid ester with quaternary ammonium groups) was used as the main shell component, with silica as the core component, formed upon a single-step spray-drying assembly. The method is capable of forming uniform core shell particles from homogeneous precursors without the use of any organic solvents. Evaporation-induced self-assembly attained the phase separation among different components during drying, resulting in the core shell spatial configuration, while precise control over particle uniformity was accomplished via a microfluidic jet spray dryer. Direct control over shell thickness can be achieved from the ratio of the core and shell ingredients in the precursors. A fluorescent compound, rhodamine B, is used as a highly water-soluble model component to investigate the controlled release properties of these microencapsulates, with the release behaviors shown to be significantly dependent upon their architectures.