Journal article

Release behavior of thin-walled microcapsules composed of polyelectrolyte multilayers

XY Shi, F Caruso

LANGMUIR | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2001

Abstract

The release properties of the fluorescent probe pyrene, PYR, encapsulated in polyelectrolyte multilayer capsules were examined by fluorescence spectroscopy. PYR was encapsulated by the layer-by-layer deposition of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes onto PYR microcrystal templates, and its release was accomplished by exposing the polyelectrolyte-coated microcrystals to ethanol solutions. Solubilization of the hydrophobic probe by ethanol resulted in its expulsion from the core through the permeable polyelectrolyte multilayer shells. The PYR release rate, quantified by following the monomer fluorescence of the solubilized PYR as a function of time, decreased with increasing number of polyelec..

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