The self-assembly of synthetic surfactants and other
non-phospholipids into vesicles was first studied in the 1970s by
cosmetic scientists when non-ionic surfactant vesicles or niosomes
were reported. Since this time a large body of research has sought
to define these systems primarily as drug carriers and also as
features of interest to the colloid scientist. Synthetic surfactant
vesicles, as the name implies, may also be fabricated from a vast
array of amphiphiles, including a number of pharmaceutically
acceptable materials. They may also be prepared in a variety of
shapes and sizes and have a number of applications. This book is
designed to serve as an introductory text to the science of
non-phospholipid vesicles and will be of use to colloid, drug
delivery, cosmetic, and materials scientists. It aims to acquaint
the reader with the physicochemistry and biomedical applications of
these synthetic surfactant non-phospholipid vesicles. Part one
introduces the reader to physicochemical aspects of these synthetic
surfactant dispersions and explores the diversity of materials that
may be used to formulate vesicles. Part two details methods of
vesicle preparation and the application of synthetic surfactant
vesicles in a variety of fields ranging from anti-cancer
chemotherapy to immunization.
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