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Encapsulation & Inorganic Controlled Release (iCRT)

Are you working with sensitive compounds and need a technology to protect them?

Organic molecules often impart beneficial functionality to products, but are often sensitive to “harsh” environments, including:

  • High temperatures
  • Extreme pH
  • Chemical attack
  • Strong ionic concentrations
  • Exposure to organic solvents.

Many encapsulation technologies are also organic (polymer) based, making them of little use for applications where shielding or protection is desired – either during processing/manufacturing, or in the end application / in use.

Lucideon's encapsulation and controlled release technology platforms (iCRT) use inorganic materials, such as silicate- and phosphate- based glasses or ceramics. Naturally, these materials are much more resistant to extreme environments:

Property Application / Benefit
Very high melting temperatures (>1000C) High temperature applications e.g. combustion processes, high temperature or exothermic catalytic reactions, cooking ingredients
Selective and tailored solubility in aqueous vs. organic solvents Process steps often involve organic solvents e.g. ethanol, so having a temporary shield could improve yield and storage stability
Tailored solubility at different extremes of pH or ionic strength Many products are made in extreme pH, or even exist in extreme pH e.g. cleaning solutions and detergents – encapsulating the active ingredient during storage could improve efficacy

Not only can iCRT encapsulate materials, but it is also a controlled release technology, and the release rate of your ingredient can be tailored from minutes to months, to suit your application.

Do you have a product that could benefit from encapsulation under extreme conditions? Please contact us to discuss whether iCRT could offer a solution.

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