Special Issue "Mesoporous Silica in Biomedical Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2017
Prof. Dr. Jessica Rosenholm
Mesoporous silica has emerged at the forefront of promising carrier materials under development, owing to its characteristic properties, including tuneable pore size and structure, extensive surface area and pore volume, flexible surface functionalization, as well as controllable particle sizes and shapes on the nanoscale. The advent of such mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) resulted in a boom of developments within intracellular drug delivery, highlighted by a multitude of successful proof-of-concept studies, especially within targeted cancer therapies. The vast applicability of these materials as delivery vehicles for virtually any active molecule of choice, including small-molecular drugs, peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, as well as imaging agents and sensing molecules, together with their modularity in design approaches, to date, has showcased some highly sophisticated systems. The mesoporous silica synthesis regime further allows for the construction of core–shell nanocomposites, which can further expand the multimodality of the final particle construct, since the core material can also be chosen, practically at will. With the first-in-man study published in 2016, this Special Issue aims to provide a forum for the dissemination of the latest developments and new approaches for the design, utilization, and evaluation of mesoporous silica in biomedicine.
Prof. Dr. Jessica Rosenholm
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- Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs)
- Drug delivery systems
- Cancer treatment and diagnostics
- Intracellular drug delivery
- Targeted drug delivery
- Stimuli-responsive drug release
- Biomedical imaging and contrast agents
- Photodynamic therapy
- Nucleic acid delivery and gene therapy
- Core-shell particles
- Formulation design