Special Issue "Current Review in Synthesis, Interfaces, and Nanostructures"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jose L. Arias
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Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Granada, Campus Universitario de Cartuja s/n, 18071 Granada, Spain
Interests: active drug targeting; biomedical applications of colloids and nanoparticles; biopharmacy; drug absorption; drug delivery; drug release; formulation and evaluation of pharmaceutical dosage forms; hyperthermia-based anticancer treatment; in vivo fate of nanoplatforms; ligand–receptor interactions and nanoparticle endocytosis; long-circulating nanoparticles; magnetic colloids; nanoteranosis; passive drug targeting; PEGylated nanoparticles; pharmaceutical technology; pharmacokinetics; stimuli sensitive nanostructures; surface chemistry and interface science; surface functionalization of nanoparticles
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Prof. Dr. Ullrich Scherf
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Macromolecular Chemistry Group, Bergische Universitat Wuppertal, 42119 Wuppertal, Germany
Interests: experimental research in material science and chemistry of functional polymers: syntheses development; semiconducting polymers; microporous polymer networks; block copolymers; conjugated polyelectrolytes
Dr. Mazen M. El-Hammadi
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Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Seville, 41012 Sevilla, Spain
Interests: pharmaceutical nanotechnology; polymeric drug and gene delivery systems; pharmaceutical formulation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few decades, nanostructured materials have attracted great interest due to their unique properties in comparison to their bulk counterparts. Depending on their size, shape, and composition, the characteristics of nanoscale materials, such as physicochemical, electrical, thermal, optical, and magnetic properties, can be tuned to match the intended use. Thus, designing nanomaterials represents an active area of research with a wide range of novel applications in the fields of engineering, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, and biomedicine. An examination of the recent trends in the literature reveals that there is a need for in-depth reviews that highlight the current knowledge on nanomaterials’ design and provide a better understanding of already realized and potential applications or their limitations.

This Special Issue of Nanomaterials invites colleagues to submit up-to-date reviews on recent trends in nanostructured materials. Reviews presented will cover various topics, including but not limited to synthesis methods, characterization techniques, and key applications.

Prof. Dr. Jose L. Arias
Prof. Dr. Ullrich Scherf
Dr. Mazen M. El-Hammadi
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Carbon-based nanomaterials
  • Inorganic nanomaterials
  • Organic and polymer nanomaterials
  • Hybrid and composite/blend nanomaterials
  • Nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanowires/nanofibers
  • Nanoscaled and nanostructured thin layers
  • Environmental issues in relation to nanomaterials

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On-Demand Drug Delivery Systems Using Nanofibers
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(12), 3411; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11123411 - 16 Dec 2021
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On-demand drug-delivery systems using nanofibers are extensively applicable for customized drug release based on target location and timing to achieve the desired therapeutic effects. A nanofiber formulation is typically created for a certain medication and changing the drug may have a significant impact [...] Read more.
On-demand drug-delivery systems using nanofibers are extensively applicable for customized drug release based on target location and timing to achieve the desired therapeutic effects. A nanofiber formulation is typically created for a certain medication and changing the drug may have a significant impact on the release kinetics from the same delivery system. Nanofibers have several distinguishing features and properties, including the ease with which they may be manufactured, the variety of materials appropriate for processing into fibers, a large surface area, and a complex pore structure. Nanofibers with effective drug-loading capabilities, controllable release, and high stability have gained the interest of researchers owing to their potential applications in on-demand drug delivery systems. Based on their composition and drug-release characteristics, we review the numerous types of nanofibers from the most recent accessible studies. Nanofibers are classified based on their mechanism of drug release, as well as their structure and content. To achieve controlled drug release, a suitable polymer, large surface-to-volume ratio, and high porosity of the nanofiber mesh are necessary. The properties of nanofibers for modified drug release are categorized here as protracted, stimulus-activated, and biphasic. Swellable or degradable polymers are commonly utilized to alter drug release. In addition to the polymer used, the process and ambient conditions can have considerable impacts on the release characteristics of the nanofibers. The formulation of nanofibers is highly complicated and depends on many variables; nevertheless, numerous options are available to accomplish the desired nanofiber drug-release characteristics. Full article
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Development of Synthetic DNA Circuit and Networks for Molecular Information Processing
Nanomaterials 2021, 11(11), 2955; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11112955 - 04 Nov 2021
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Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a genetic material, encodes all living information and living characteristics, e.g., in cell, DNA signaling circuits control the transcription activities of specific genes. In recent years, various DNA circuits have been developed to implement a wide range of signaling and [...] Read more.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a genetic material, encodes all living information and living characteristics, e.g., in cell, DNA signaling circuits control the transcription activities of specific genes. In recent years, various DNA circuits have been developed to implement a wide range of signaling and for regulating gene network functions. In particular, a synthetic DNA circuit, with a programmable design and easy construction, has become a crucial method through which to simulate and regulate DNA signaling networks. Importantly, the construction of a hierarchical DNA circuit provides a useful tool for regulating gene networks and for processing molecular information. Moreover, via their robust and modular properties, DNA circuits can amplify weak signals and establish programmable cascade systems, which are particularly suitable for the applications of biosensing and detecting. Furthermore, a biological enzyme can also be used to provide diverse circuit regulation elements. Currently, studies regarding the mechanisms and applications of synthetic DNA circuit are important for the establishment of more advanced artificial gene regulation systems and intelligent molecular sensing tools. We therefore summarize recent relevant research progress, contributing to the development of nanotechnology-based synthetic DNA circuits. By summarizing the current highlights and the development of synthetic DNA circuits, this paper provides additional insights for future DNA circuit development and provides a foundation for the construction of more advanced DNA circuits. Full article
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