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, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 1160–1168 | Cite as

The Design of Nanostructured Metronidazole-Loaded HPC/Oxide Xerogel Composites: Influence of the Formulation Parameters on In Vitro Characterisation

  • Katarzyna Czarnobaj
Research Article


In this study, oxide and polymer/oxide xerogels with metronidazole were prepared and examined as carriers of drug for the local application to the bone. The nanoporous SiO2–CaO–P2O5 and HPC–SiO2–CaO–P2O5 xerogel materials with different amounts of the polymer [hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC)] were prepared using the sol–gel technology, and their physicochemical properties were characterised with respect to chemical structure [by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)], porosity and the specific surface area of solids (BET), crystallinity [by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD)], morphology [by scanning electron microscope (SEM)] and the in vitro release of the metronidazole over time (by UV–vis spectroscopy, in the ultraviolet light region). HPC-modified oxide xerogels as the carriers of drug showed slower release of metronidazole, due to the structure and stronger interactions with drug as compared with the pure oxide xerogel. Kinetic analysis indicated diffusional mechanism of drug release from all xerogel carriers. HPC addition to the oxide material resulted in a decrease in the porosity and improved the bioactive properties of xerogels. Obtained results for xerogel composites suggest that the metronidazole-loaded xerogels could be attractive candidates for local delivery systems particularly to a bone.


drug delivery systems nanostructured composites porous materials 



This project was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland, from the quality-promoting subsidy, under the Leading National Research Centre (KNOW) programme for the years 2012–2017.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical ChemistryMedical University of GdańskGdańskPoland

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