Overview of Encapsulation and Controlled Release

Authored by: Munmaya K. Mishra

Handbook of Encapsulation and Controlled Release

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  December  2015

Print ISBN: 9781482232325
eBook ISBN: 9781482232349
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Encapsulation or commonly referred to as microencapsulation involves the incorporation of actives (such as: flavors, drugs, enzymes, cells, or other materials) in small capsules. Capsules offer a means to protect sensitive components, transform liquids into easily handled solid ingredients, and incorporate controlled release attributes (such as time-release, targeted-release, or trigger-release mechanisms) into the product formulations. Various techniques are available to design capsules depending on the end use of the final product. A timely and targeted release improves the effectiveness of actives, broadens the application range of ingredients, and ensures optimal dosage, thereby improving the cost effectiveness for the manufacturer. Encapsulation techniques can facilitate product development through the use of carefully tuned controlled release attributes.

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