Control of shape and size of poly (lactic acid) microspheres based on surfactant and polymer concentration


Biodegradable, poly (lactic acid) (PLA) microspheres have been synthesized via solvent evaporation method using ultrasonic homogenizer as emulsifier. The effect of added surfactant, PVA [poly (vinyl alcohol)], and PLA concentration on the shape and size of the resultant PLA microspheres has been studied. The prime objective of this work was to identify an optimal PVA/PLA concentration to prepare PLA microsphere with a size distribution of 1–2 micrometers as in many literature it has been reported as ideal range of size for non-endocytosis-mediated cellular drug delivery. In this pursuit it was found that an optimal concentration of 2.5% w/v of PVA into water and 2.5% w/v PLA into DCM [Dichloromethane] is suitable to create PLA microspheres with a size distribution of 1–2 micrometers. The PLA microspheres were characterized by FESEM to assess their shape and size. FT-IR analysis (Supplementary data) was used to assess the functional groups present in the PLA microspheres, whilst zeta-potential measurements (Supplementary data) provided insight into the likely dispersion properties of the microspheres in aqueous media.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)
Additional Information: © 2017, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: poly (lactic acid),PLA,microspheres,probe-based ultrasonication,FESEM,FT-IR spectroscopy,Materials Science(all),Condensed Matter Physics,Mechanics of Materials,Mechanical Engineering
Publication ISSN: 1873-4979
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-05-15
Published Online Date: 2017-02-21
Accepted Date: 2017-02-18
Submitted Date: 2016-11-09
Authors: Singh, Barkha
Singh, Pushpendra
Sutherland, Andrew J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3651-1809)
Pal, Kaushik

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