Preparation, characterization and physico-chemical properties of Solid Lipid Nanoparticles (SLN) and Nanostructured Lipid Carriers (NLC): Their benefits as colloidal drug carrier systems

Uner M.

PHARMAZIE, vol.61, no.5, pp.375-386, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 61 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Name: PHARMAZIE
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.375-386
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) have attracted increasing attention by various research groups and companies since the early 1990s. Their advantages over existing traditional carriers have been clearly documented. In addition, modified SLN have been described which are nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) composed of liquid lipid blended with a solid lipid to form a nanostructured solid particle matrix. NLC combine controlled release characteristics with some advantages over SLN. This paper reviews the production techniques, characterization and physical stability of these systems including destabilizing factors and principles of drug loading, then considers aspects and benefits of SLN and NLC as colloidal drug carriers.