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Micro- and Nano- encapsulation: Technology Impact Analysis

Micro- and Nano- encapsulation: Technology Impact Analysis

Encapsulation is used to preserve/protect various substances within another material at microscale sizes (microencapsulation) and at nanoscale sizes (nanoencapsulation). The material encapsulated is referred to as the ‘core’ whereas the encapsulates is referred to as the ‘shell’. The core material for different nanocapsules differs in size, shape and composition. Encapsulation is performed to achieve specific objectives and functionalities such as targeted delivery, sustained release etc.

The need to improve the stability of active ingredients and prevent degradation of the same due to environmental conditions would be the key factors enabling growth of encapsulation. Both micro-, and nano-encapsulation technologies would be predominant in all areas wherein protection and stability of the active ingredient is the key; prominent being personal care, food, and healthcare sectors. Micro-encapsulation is mostly aimed at colloidal and surface properties that provide protection against environment and provides control to the release characteristics of different coated materials while nano-encapsulation exhibits potential to enhance bioavailability, improve controlled release, and enable precision targeting of the bioactive compounds.

This research service titled, “Micro- and Nano-encapsulation – Technology Impact Analysis” analyzes the potential of the technology across various applications.

In brief, the research study provides:
An overview of various micro- and nano-encapsulation technologies.
A highlight of various application segments and trends that influence adoption.
An analysis of the key factors that influence adoption of micro- and nano-encapsulation amongst various industries.
An assessment of various technology developments and industry initiatives.
A patent filing trend analysis highlighting key patents, both granted and in application status related to micro- and nano-encapsulation
New developmental aspects and future prospects for development and adoption of micro- and nano-encapsulation technologies.


  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope
    • Research Methodology
    • Key Findings
  • Technology Overview
    • Both Micro- and Nano-encapsulation Find Similar Applications Across Industries
    • Micro- and Nano-encapsulation Minimizes Unwanted Interaction Between Components and Stabilizes Formulation
    • Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Personal Care are Key Application Segments
    • Focus is Developing Multi-functional, Biodegradable Materials
    • Encapsulation Techniques that are Customizable and can Encapsulate Both Solids and Liquids are Preferred
    • Cost-effective Processes that Enable Encapsulation at Temperature Sensitive Environment Have an Added Advantage Commercially
    • Processing Techniques that can Protect Unstable and Polar Compounds are Gaining interest
  • Industry Assessment
    • Multifunctionality and Scalability of Materials Determine Adoption
    • Customized Rate of Delivery, Stability, and Masking of End-Flavors are Also Key Drivers for Adoption
      • Table Micro- and Nano-encapsulation : Key Drivers, Global, 2017–2023
    • Development of Universal Techniques for Different Encapsulation Materials is a Key Challenge
      • Table Micro- and Nano-encapsulation : Key Challenges, Global, 2017–2023
  • Innovation Indicators
    • Development of Natural and Solvent -free Encapsulation Techniques Gaining Traction
    • Developing Custom Micro-encapsulated Cosmetic Ingredients Prominent Among Small- and Medium-Scale Manufacturers
    • Developments in Nano-encapsulation Gaining Focus in the Personal Care and Healthcare Sectors
    • Stability of Nutrients and Slower Gelation Rates are Key Focus Areas in Food and Cosmetics
    • Academia Active in Developing Encapsulation Processes
    • Key Academic Initiatives Also Focused on Capsule and Product Development
    • Significant Rise in Partnerships and Collaborations Across Industries
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Help Companies Expand their Technology Portfolio
    • Key Developments Have Enabled Use of Micro- and Nanoencapsulation in Both Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Environments
    • Funding for Micro- and Nano-encapsulation Technology Developments Widespread Across the Globe
    • Both Government and Private Funding Prevalent to Facilitate Technology Development
  • Intellectual Property Analysis
    • Number of Patent Filings for Micro- and Nano-encapsulation is Increasing Steadily in the Last Five Years5
    • IPC Class Codes that Encompass Biocides, Food Compositions, Medicinal Preparation, and Cosmetics are Observed to have High Patent Filings
    • Patents for Encapsulating Pharmaceuticals, Food and Electronic Materials are Gaining High Traction Amongst Researchers
    • Micro- and Nano-encapsulation-based Curing Agents, Biocide and Essential Oils, Food and Beverages are Also Prominent in IP Filings
  • Future Prospects
    • Micro- and Nano-encapsulation Technologies Expected to Find New Application Avenues in the Next Five Years
    • Bio-based Materials for Encapsulation are of Significant Focus Among Regulatory Authorities
    • Understanding Consumer Needs and Creating a Diversified Product Portfolio that Suit Various Applications Critical for Success
  • Key Contacts
    • Industry Contacts

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