Special Issue "Layered Double Hydroxide Used in Drug Delivery"


A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (23 May 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dermot O’Hare
Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX13TA, UK
Website: http://research.chem.ox.ac.uk/dermot-ohare.aspx
E-Mail: dermot.ohare@chem.ox.ac.uk
Interests: layered double hydroxides; intercalation; in-situ diffraction; materials; organometallic; catalysis

Guest Editor
Dr. Gareth R. Williams
UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London, 29 - 39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX, UK
Website: http://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=GWILL02
E-Mail: g.williams@ucl.ac.uk
Phone: +44 207 753 5868
Fax: +44 207 753 5942
Interests: drug delivery; formulation; electrospinning; layered metal hydroxides; adjuvants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

The anion exchange capability of layered double hydroxides (LDHs), coupled with the ability of many active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to form anions, has resulted in an explosion of interest in using LDHs for drug delivery applications. A search in Google Scholar for “layered double hydroxides AND drug delivery” results in some 21,500 hits, clearly demonstrating the research effort underway in this area. The Special Issue of Pharmaceutics on “Layered double hydroxides in drug delivery” will address all areas of pharmaceutics where LDHs have been explored, from their use as controlled or targeted release formulations (either alone or in combination with other excipients) through to their applications in DNA or RNA delivery on the sub-cellular level. Original research papers or review articles on any of these aspects are welcomed for this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Dermot O’Hare
Dr. Gareth R. Williams
Guest Editors


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  • layered double hydroxide
  • drug delivery
  • gene delivery
  • controlled release
  • targeted release
  • sustained release

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Pharmaceutics 2014, 6(3), 436-446; doi:10.3390/pharmaceutics6030436
Received: 6 June 2014; in revised form: 22 July 2014 / Accepted: 23 July 2014 / Published: 30 July 2014
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Pharmaceutics 2014, 6(2), 298-332; doi:10.3390/pharmaceutics6020298
Received: 11 April 2014; in revised form: 15 May 2014 / Accepted: 20 May 2014 / Published: 17 June 2014
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Pharmaceutics 2014, 6(2), 235-248; doi:10.3390/pharmaceutics6020235
Received: 3 April 2014; in revised form: 8 May 2014 / Accepted: 9 May 2014 / Published: 22 May 2014
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Last update: 2 April 2014

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