One-pot synthesis of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/chitosan composite microspheres via microemulsion
Liu, Qing Lin
Zhu, Ai Mei
Zhang, Qiu Gen
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This work presents a new approach for the synthesis of multiresponsive composite microspheres of PNIPAM/chitosan. The resulting microspheres in a sandwich structure with PNIPAM nanoparticles embedded in the crosslinked chitosan matrix were characterized. Compared to other preparation methods, this proposed technique not only is a facile route but also endows the microspheres a desirable structure. The products undergo a temperature induced volume phase transition and exhibit an appreciable pH response. They are further tested as drug carriers to investigate potential application. The encapsulation efficiency in acidic environment (pH = 4.0) is 73.5% and much higher than that in neutral (20.3%, pH = 6.9) and alkaline (15.1%, pH = 9.2) environments. The release of the drug from the microspheres can be controlled by pH and temperature. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.