Special Issue "Functionalized Magnetic Nanomaterials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Synthesis, Interfaces and Nanostructures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rodica Paula Turcu
Guest Editor
National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, Cluj Napoca, Romania
Interests: nanostructured composites; functionalized magnetic nanoparticles; magnetic micro/nanogels; self-assembled nanoparticles systems; smart composites based on magnetic nanoparticles and stimuli responsive polymers; surface physics and chemistry of nanoparticles; nanomaterials characterization by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Prof. Dr. Ladislau Vekas
Guest Editor
Center for Fundamental and Advanced Technical Research, Timisoara, Romania
Interests: magnetic nanoparticles; magnetic fluids; ferrofluids; bioferrofluids; magnetic nanocomposites; magnetorheological fluids; magnetic properties; flow properties; structure analysis by scattering techniques; engineering and biomedical applications of magnetizable nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Magnetic nanomaterials engineered with a large variety of functional coatings have gained much interest because of their possible applications with dual-mode manipulation controlled by a magnetic field and through the appropriate design of surface properties.

Among the magnetic nanomaterials, magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and their nanocomposites are very promising for innovative applications in nanomedicine and biotechnology, such as nanotherapeutics, multimodal imaging, targeted drug delivery, hyperthermia, analyte monitoring, and enzyme, protein, and nucleic acid separations, due to their large surface area, excellent magnetic properties, and low toxicity. The nature of magnetic nanoparticles’ surface coating is essential for their behavior in biorelevant media. Well separated or in clusters, with proper surface functionalization, usually dispersed in liquid carriers (bioferrofluids) or embedded/encapsulated in polymeric networks, magnetic nanoparticles are the basic building blocks of a large variety of multifunctional vehicles.

The surface modification of magnetic nanomaterials, including the attachment of functional groups necessary for applications based on interactions ranging from nonspecific (e.g., ionic, hydrophobic/hydrophilic, and hydrogen bond) through group-specific to specific-affinity interactions, is an important issue for the future progress of medical and industrial applications.

The design and preparation of functionalized magnetic nanomaterials could have a strong applicative impact in many fields, such as diagnosis and treatment, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, magnetic bioseparation, protein immobilization, biocatalysis, biosensors, or water purification, to mention only a few.

In this context, the aim of this Special Issue is to publish original research papers and comprehensive reviews dealing with the most important issues concerning the synthesis, advance properties investigations, and potential applications of functionalized magnetic nanomaterials.

Dr. Rodica Paula Turcu
Prof. Dr. Ladislau Vekas
Guest Editors

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  • magnetic nanomaterials
  • surface functionalization
  • functionalized magnetic nanoparticles
  • physical–chemical characterization
  • applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Effect of mitoxantrone-coupled SPIONs on pancreatic tumor spheroids
Authors: Ralf Friedrich
Affiliation: Uni-Klinikum Erlangen, Germany
Abstract: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is a hardly treatable, deadly malignancy. Recently, three-dimensional spheroid cell cultures of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma have improved the study of this cancer type. Here we describe the establishment of three-dimensional spheroid cell structures in different human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cell lines and a potential new treatment approach using superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION) as a drug delivery system for mitoxantrone (MTO). Following the generation of different tumor spheroids, free MTO and MTO-functionalized SPIONs were tested for cytotoxic efficacy. The tumor spheroids showed a dose-dependent toxic effect to the treatment with only slightly altered differences between free MTO and SPION-MTO, indicating the applicability of the functionalized SPIONs for magnetic drug targeting.

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