In this study, the potential of the thermosensitive hydrogel Pluronic F127 to be applied by high pressure nebulization is evaluated. Therefore, aerosol formation is experimentally examined by laser diffraction and theoretically simulated by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling. Furthermore, Pluronic F127 hydrogels are subjected to rheological characterization after which the release of fluorescent model nanoparticles from the hydrogels is determined.
A delicate equilibrium is observed between controlled release properties and suitability for aerosolization, where denser hydrogels (20% and 25% w/v Pluronic F127) are able to sustain nanoparticle release up to 30 h, but cannot effectively be nebulized and vice versa. This is demonstrated by a growing aerosol droplet size and exponentially decreasing aerosol cone angle when Pluronic F127 concentration and viscosity increase. Novel nozzle designs or alternative controlled release formulations could move intraperitoneal drug delivery by high pressure nebulization forward.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- Controlled release
- Intraperitoneal drug delivery
- Computational fluid dynamics