Good vibrations: Using light-heated water to deliver drugs

Schematic representation of NIR-induced release mechanism: (A) Absorption spectrum of water in the NIR region; (B) Formation of isolated nano-domains of water in the polymeric structure; (C) Release of encapsulated molecules following photothermal heating of water droplets inside the polymer particles.

Schematic representation of NIR-induced release mechanism: (A) Absorption spectrum of water in the NIR region; (B) Formation of isolated nano-domains of water in the polymeric structure; (C) Release of encapsulated molecules following photothermal heating of water droplets inside the polymer particles.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with materials scientists, engineers and neurobiologists, have discovered a new mechanism for using light to activate drug-delivering nanoparticles and other targeted therapeutic substances inside the body. Read More →