Images of Research: Innovation for the global good

Designing drug delivery to scale

Category: Healthy perspectives

A researcher removes sample vials from a piece of lab equipment as bubbles float in the air

Soapy bubbles are made possible by surfactants – compounds that lower surface tension – enabling them to stretch and hold their shape. In our research, we use similar surfactants in water to make spheres, called liposomes. Used as vessels for drug and vaccine delivery, liposome size is crucial to targeting specific organs. We use advanced microfluidic technology to tailor the size of liposomes to improve their effectiveness as delivery systems.

Entrant: Despo Chatzikleanthous , Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Copyright: Despo Chatzikleanthous

Funding: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (H2020-MSCAITN-2015 Grant Agreement 675370: PHA-ST-TRAIN VAC) and Independent Research Fund Denmark (Grant 7026-00027B)