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Controlled Release from Porous Platforms
The authors present a method for controlling the release of therapeutics by applying a plasma polymer layer to the surface of porous materials.

Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 35, Issue 8, pp. 68-71


The authors described a method for controlled release of therapeutics from porous materials that has the potential to be applied to various therapeutics and types of porous materials. The method involves the application of a plasma-polymer layer on top of porous materials, and the thickness of this layer controls release kinetics. Athough the current study emphasizes plasma polymerization as a tool to reduce pore diameter at the surface, future work should consider the influence of the plasma polymer's physical properties, such as hydrophilicity, on drug release. The ability of plasma polymerization to provide films of various physical and chemical properties provides enormous flexibility for fine tuning drug-release platforms to suit various drugs and applications.

Spomenka Simovic is a doctor of colloid chemistry and pharmaceutics, Dusan Losic is associate professor of nanostructured materials, and Krasimir Vasilev* is an Australian Future fellow, all at the University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, 5095 Mawson Lakes, South Australia, fax: +61 8 830 25689,

*To whom all correspondence should be addressed.

Submitted: Feb. 17, 2011. Accepted: May 13, 2011


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Citation: When referring to this article, please cite it as "S. Simovic; D. Losic; K. Vasilev, "Controlled Release from Porous Platforms," Pharmaceutical Technology 35 (8) 68-71(2011)."


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