CHAPTER 13: Stimuli-responsive Material Inspired Drug Delivery Systems and Devices
Published:09 Jul 2018
Stimuli-responsive materials, owing to the fascinating feature of the controlled release of the payload, have been actively researched to develop smart materials systems and devices for drug delivery applications. Such devices could be controlled using a variety of physical, chemical and biological stimuli such as temperature, electric field, ultrasound, magnetic field, pH, ionic strength, enzymes, endogenous chemical molecules and receptors, and thus provide control over the temporal release of the drug. This chapter summarises the various aspects of such materials inspired systems and devices, and introduces their application in the field of drug delivery and therapeutics.