Journal of Pharmaceutical Investigation

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 45–55 | Cite as

Tailoring of anticancer drugs loaded in MWCNT/Poly(MMA-co-HEMA) nanosphere composite by using in situ microemulsion polymerization

  • R. A. Sobh
  • H. E. Nasr
  • A. B. Moustafa
  • W. S. Mohamed
Original Article


Synthesis of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/Poly(methyl methacrylate-co-2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) P(MMA-co-HEMA) nanocomposite loaded with either of curcumin and its water soluble derivative as two models of anticancer drugs was achieved via in situ microemulsion polymerization technique by using different ratios from multi-walled carbon nanotube MWCNT to drug. The homogenous dispersion of MWCNTs inside the polymer matrix and well defined nano-spheres were proved by TEM and X-ray diffraction XRD. The performance of MWCNT/polymer nanocomposite as drug carrier was examined with respect to the drug content, entrapment efficiency, nano-sphere morphology, thermal stability and in-vitro drug release. Drugs could be loaded in higher content with high Entrapment Efficiency values with improved thermal stability that increased with MWCNT ratio. The in-vitro drug release studies from MWCNT/Poly(MMA-co-HEMA) nanocomposite showed prolonged controlled release in the intestinal fluid pH 7.4 and lost a few amount ≤ 8% of the drug in the stomach fluid pH 1.2.


MWCNTs/polymer nanocomposite Micro-emulsion polymerization Anticancer drugs 



We acknowledge the funding agencies National Research centre, Egypt (Project Number 10140004).

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Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflictof interest.

Research involving human and animal participants

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Polymer and Pigment DepartmentNational Research CentreGizaEgypt

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