Special Issue "Biopolymer Micro/Nanogel Particles as Smart Drug Delivery and Theranostic Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 6905
Interests: biopolymers; (bio)materials; bionanocomposites; functional polimeric materials; marine inspiration/biomimetics; valorization marine biomass; red and blue biotechnology; marine bioactive molecules; tissue engineering
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Interests: responsive micro/nanogels; self-assembly of microgels; (transdermal) drug delivery; biopolymers; polymerization in dispersed medium
In recent years, micro/nanogels have become an important topic of interdisciplinary research, especially in the fields of polymer chemistry and material science focusing the efforts on their use for drug delivery and theranostic applications. In this regard, micro/nanogels can potentially revolutionize conventional therapy and diagnostic methods thanks to their incomparable chemical and physical versatility. These stem from the unique combination of their simple synthesis, large surface area, variation of their volume in response to different stimuli, and their ability to contain different types of both diagnostics and therapeutic agents in a single system.
In general, biocompatibility and even biodegradability is required for above-mentioned medical applications. In this sense, the use of biopolymers is presented an appropriate alternative to solve both issues. The diverse compositions, tunable physical behavior, and wide variety from which to choose open the possibility to develop a huge variety of biopolymer micro/nanogels suitable for different eco-friendly applications.
The aim of this Special Issue of Pharmaceutics is to present novel research and review papers on novel biopolymer-based micro/nanogels for biomedical applications such as drug delivery and theranostic. Contributions dealing with all aspects of the synthesis, characterization and (potential) applications in drug delivery and theranostics of biopolymer-based micro/nanogels are welcome. We would like to invite researchers to publish their original articles together with reviews with the aim of highlighting a general overview and future perspectives in these areas.
Dr. Susana C.M. Fernandes
Dr. Garbine Aguirre
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