The combination of paraffin wax and O,O′-bis(2-aminopropyl) polypropylene glycol–block–polyethylene glycol–block–polypropylene glycol was used as a phase-change material (PCM) for the controlled delivery of curcumin. The PCM was combined with a graphene-based heater derived from the laser scribing of polyimide film. This assembly provides a new approach to a smart patch through which release can be electronically controlled, allowing repetitive dosing. Rather than relying on passive diffusion, delivery is induced and terminated through the controlled heating of the PCM with transfer only occurring when the PCM transitions from solid to liquid. The material properties of the device and release characteristics of the strategy under repetitive dosing are critically assessed. The delivery yield of curcumin was found to be 3.5 µg (4.5 µg/cm2) per 3 min thermal cycle.
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 18 Jul 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The research was support by the Department for the Economy Northern Ireland.
© 2022 by the authors.
- laser- induced graphene(LIG)
- smart patch
- thermal activation
- drug delivery
- phase-change material
- laser-induced graphene (LIG)