Institute of Innovative Research, 
Tokyo Institute of Technology.


Press Release

Nanosized container with photoswitches: release of cargo upon irradiation in water

A versatile system with potential application for non-invasive drug delivery

Researchers at Tokyo Tech have developed a nanosized container bearing photoswitches that takes up hydrophobic compounds of various size and shape in water and subsequently releases them quantitatively by non-invasive light stimulus. The installed switches allow reusing of the container after successful release of the cargo. The novel system represents a versatile platform for future developments in fields such as materials chemistry and biomedicine.