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Applications of nanometre scale particles as pharmaceutical delivery vehicles in medicine

Le, X.T., Poinern, G.E.J., Subramaniam, S. and Fawcett, D. (2015) Applications of nanometre scale particles as pharmaceutical delivery vehicles in medicine. Open Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 2 . pp. 11-26.

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Abstract

Recent scientific advances have resulted in the emergence of the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology, which involves the rational design of materials and devices in the 1-100 nm range. At the nanometre scale, size, shape and surface morphology can have a profound influence on the chemical, physical, optical and electronic properties of a material, which is significantly different from their bulk counterparts. The novel size dependent properties at the nanometre scale, gives these materials their unique physiochemical properties, which have the potential to be used in a wide variety of applications. Nanomedicine is the term used to describe the use of nanotechnology in medicine, and includes its use in the development of diagnostic techniques and interventions, pharmaceuticals, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. This brief review gives an overview of current developments in the use of nanometre scale particles that are specifically designed for the delivery of pharmaceuticals in medicine.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Sciknow
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/26237
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