Transport of Magnetic Polyelectrolyte Capsules in Various Environments

Carmen Stavarache, Mircea Vinatoru, Timothy Mason

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Microcapsules consisting of eleven layers of polyelectrolyte and one layer of iron oxide nanoparticles were fabricated. Two types of nanoparticles were inserted as one of the layers within the microcapsule’s walls: Fe2O3, ferric oxide, having a mean diameter (Ø ) of 50 nm and superpara-magnetic Fe3O4 having Ø 15 nm. The microcapsules were suspended in liquid environments at a concentration of 108 caps/mL. The suspensions were pumped through a tube over a permanent mag-net, and the accumulation within a minute was more than 90% of the initial concentration. The design of the capsules, the amount of iron embedded in the microcapsule, and the viscosity of the transportation fluid had a rather small influence on the accumulation capacity. Magnetic microcapsules have broad applications from cancer treatment to molecular communication.

Original languageEnglish
Article number259
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2022

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  • Drug delivery
  • Molecular communication
  • Polyelectrolyte magnetic capsules
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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