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Using light and heat, researchers at Duke University developed a technique for manufacturing biocompatible microparticles for potential use in drug delivery, diagnostics, and tissue engineering. According to research scientist Stefan Roberts, the technique is simple enough to be scaled up to make billions of microparticles in just a few minutes. Although the capability to fabricate many complex microparticles already exists, the process usually involves challenging manufacturing techniques such as multiple-emulsion microfluidics or flow lithography.
Roberts and his colleague, professor Ashutosh Chilkoti, demonstrated new types of microparticles made with elastin-like polypeptides, a type of disordered protein, and partially ordered…READ MORE