Encapsulation of actives comprises an area of exploration undergoing rapid growth in both academic and industrial research settings. Encapsulation processes are employed as a part of product synthesis processes for improved efficiency, enhanced stability, active ingredient compatibility, increased safety, targeted delivery, and novel performance of the end product. Such technical benefits enable producers to offer products with increased formulation complexity, access new markets, differentiate products, and improve compatibility and stability, while meeting consumer demands with improved performance, reduced costs, and new actives. In this review, we highlight several emerging academic areas of encapsulation that we believe have specific relevance to industrial formulation, with a focus on three primary areas: supramolecular encapsulation, aqueous self-assembled systems, and emulsion-based capsules. The goal of this review is to help identify the major challenges facing encapsulation technology adoption in the chemical industry, bringing focus and maximizing the potential value of ongoing research efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6359-6368
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number12
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • capsule
  • controlled release
  • encapsulation
  • interfacial polymerization
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular interaction
  • vesicle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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