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Cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) have interesting physicochemical and colloidal properties that have been recently exploited in novel drug-delivery systems for tailored release of poorly soluble drugs. The morphology and release kinetics of such drug-delivery systems heavily relied on the drug–CNF interactions; however, in-depth understanding of the interactions was lacking. Herein, the interactions between a poorly soluble model drug molecule, furosemide, and cationic cellulose nanofibers with two different degrees of substitution are studied by sorption experiments, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Both MD simulations and experimental results confirmed the spontaneous sorption of drug onto CNF. Simulations further showed that adsorption occurred by the flat aryl ring of furosemide. The spontaneous sorption was commensurate with large entropy gains as a …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
1 May 2018

Salvatore Lombardo, Pan Chen, Per A Larsson, Wim Thielemans, Jakob Wohlert, Anna J Svagan

Biblio References: 
Volume: 34 Issue: 19 Pages: 5464-5473