Clay nanotube encapsulation for functional biocomposites.

Natural halloysite clay nanotubes with 50 nm outer- and 15 nm inner- diameters are described as miniature vehicles for sustained release of drugs and proteins. The release time may be adjusted from 10 to 200 h with the tube surface polymeric coating. An explanation of sustained release through locking electrical potential at the nanotube ends is suggested… (More)