Polymers are one of the most versatile and important materials used for capsule preparation despite various others available. Suitably formulated capsules can securely protect ingredients, deliver them to targeted sites, and release them expeditiously, improving functions and minimizing adverse effects. New polymers are constantly being explored to develop more efficient capsules as they are routinely used in pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare products, nutrients, and food.
This book focuses on the current state of the art of polymer-based capsules and delivery systems. It describes the formulation processes of capsules developed from redox-responsive polymers and polymer-functionalized carbon nanotubes, in addition to shedding light on coacervation of polymers for encapsulation. It reviews different active ingredients that can be used with polymer capsules in various products, encapsulation of essential oils using such capsules, and development of polymer capsules of cells and bacteriophages.
“This time-honored monograph offers a still powerful, if traditional, literary vehicle for dishing up new knowledge in scientific and engineering fields, providing a state-of-the-art overview to guide eyewitness aficionados of R&D. These Singapore-based editors achieve just that as they introduce the theory and practice of polymer capsules. Indispensable especially in pharmaceutical and food industries to ensure delivery and guarantee efficacy, encapsulation is the essence of environmental sustainability and biodiversity, protecting essential molecules from harmful, unwanted, and untimely effects by providing product and process control. To the point, Chapters 1 and 2 describe redox and functionalized polymer carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Chapter 3 explores formulation, while Chapters 4 through 7 are about complexation, to control phase compatibility and protect drugs in local environments. Chapters 8 and 9 explore the roles polymer capsules play with respect to functional ingredients for food processing and essential oils. Chapter 10 explains biomedical applications of encapsulated living cells and Chapter 11 discusses bacteriophagic polymer capsules. Kudos to all contributing authors for an interesting and important work, which includes references current through 2016 and a useful index. The global reach of the accomplishments reported here will be evident to professional readers. The book is highly recommended for undergraduates and students in two-year technical programs.”
~Prof. Emer. L. W. Fine, CHOICE