Nanomaterials for Drug Delivery

Li Yan, Xianfeng Chen

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The market of advanced drug delivery systems is expanding rapidly. On one hand, this is because many new drugs require novel and innovative drug delivery techniques. On the other hand, the development of such drug delivery systems is capable of improving existing drugs' therapeutic efficacy, alleviating their side effects, and reducing the cost and so on. Being beneficial from the rapid progress of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials during last decades, many advanced drug delivery systems have been made possible. Herein, we provide specific and detailed examples to explain how a variety of nanomaterials, including semiconductor quantum dots, magnetic nanoparticles, layered double hydroxides, mesoporous silica nanomaterials, organic nanoparticles, metal nanomaterials, and micro/nanobubbles, can be used in drug delivery systems to realize many desirable characteristics. In addition, the typical applications and recent progress of these nanomaterials are summarized. The hazards and safety of nanomaterials are also briefly discussed. This chapter gives a detailed review of applying the unique properties of novel nanomaterials for advanced drug delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanocrystalline Materials
Subtitle of host publicationTheir Synthesis-Structure-Property Relationships and Applications
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages48
ISBN (Print)9780124077966
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Drug delivery
  • Layered double hydroxides
  • Magnetic nanomaterials
  • Mesoporous silica nanomaterials
  • Metal nanomaterials
  • Micro/nanobubbles
  • Multifunctional nanomaterials
  • Nanohazards
  • Organic nanoparticles
  • Semiconductor quantum dots

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