Facile synthesis of mesoporous alumina using hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HTAB) as template: simplified sol-gel approach

Herein the authors present the synthesis of surface functionalised mesoporous alumina (MeAl) for textural characterisation by a simplified sol-gel method obtained by using hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide as a template. Etoricoxib (ETOX) was used as a model drug for the study. Alumina supported mesoporous material containing drug was characterised using instrumental technique namely Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, Fourier transform-infrared, differential scanning calorimetry, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and field emission scanning electron microscopy. Diffusion study using a dialysis bag method used to check the release pattern of ETOX-loaded-MeAl. Results of characterisation study revealed the successful surface functionalisation of the drug on nanocomposite. The IC50 value obtained from cell viability study demonstrated the non-toxic behaviour of synthesised drug-loaded mesoporous alumina up to the tested concentration range. The present work has demonstrated that synthesised MeAl showed excellent stability with an expanded surface area suitable for carrier material for drug delivery system.
Source: IET Nanobiotechnology - Category: Nanotechnology Source Type: research

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