“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”
Arthur C. Clarke
History of electrospray technology
When it began
Electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA), also called electrospray, has been studied for centuries starting in the late 1500s when William Gilbert (1544-1603) first observed how a drop of water deformed into a cone in the presence of an electric field.
Since the 1990s electrospray has been successfully employed in applications across a broad range of industries, from biomedical, to nano-materials to food packaging to the aerospace industry.
Electrospray in Space
Electrospray technology is a promising alternative to plasma-based technologies for electric propulsion systems, with electrospray thrusters currently propelling satellites in space.
Electrospray in biomedical research
Electrospray ionization (ESI) is a technique used in mass spectrometry to produce ions using an electrospray in which a high voltage is applied to a liquid to create an aerosol. It is especially useful in producing ions from macromolecules because it overcomes the propensity of these molecules to fragment when ionized.
Gilbert’s application of electrospray for pulmonary delivery
Gilbert is developing the next generation of soft mist inhaler based on electrospray technology to improve treatment for patients with difficult to treat lung conditions.
The inhaler uses Gilbert’s proprietary electrospray technology based on electro hydrodynamic atomization or EHDA, a technology which uses electronic fields to atomize liquids into monodispersed droplets.
Gilbert’s smart precision inhaler creates an ultra-fine soft mist, which the patient should be able to inhale effortlessly and without coordination difficulties.
Furthermore, the droplet size can be customized, enabling targeting of the aerosol medication to desired regions of the lungs, which has the potential to improve the efficacy and safety of treatments.
Gilbert is developing a new soft mist inhaler based on electrospray technology
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