Special issue “Layered Nanohybrids as Promising Drug Delivery Vehicles”

Special Issue Editor

Tanushree Choudhury ,

* Correspondence: tanushree.c@vit.ac.in

Chemistry Division, SAS, VIT Chennai, India

Interests: Polymer Layered Silicate Nanocomposites: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications;   Development of Ceramic Composite Membranes and their applications; Development of nanoclay as catalyst for Industrial applications.

Special Issue Information

Aim and Scope: Nanotechnology is expected to be one of the leading technologies of the future. The reduction of material size from micro to nanoscale offers benefits to diverse scientific fields. It has the potential to revolutionize medical diagnostics and care. The development of multifunctional nanoparticles for biomedical and biotechnological applications may improve cancer therapy, DNA transfection, intravital imaging, targeted drug delivery, and enzyme immobilization. Though there is a growing literature on the application of nanoparticles and nanotechnology, only limited information on the biological effects of nanoparticles on cells and tissues and their potential risks to humans and the environment is available. Layered Nanohybrids (LNH) represent a promising class of therapeutic delivery systems. These nanoscale platform particles are based on a layered inorganic host such as layered double hydroxides (LDHs), hydroxyl double salts (HDS), and cationic clays that can intercalate various biological molecules into the nanometer size galleries between layers. The host consists of positively charged layers of a mixed divalent/trivalent hydroxide. Various molecules (such as drugs, herbicides, fertilizers, food ingredients, DNA, protein, and enzymes, and functional materials) can be incorporated between these layers via intercalation reaction to produce functional materials having versatile applications, e.g., controlled drug and DNA delivery.

Subtopics: Development of DNA delivery vehicles for gene therapy; Layered Nanomaterials in Medicine; Anionic Clays: A Challenging Area to Explore in the Field of Medicine; Core-Shell nanoparticles as Efficient Drug Delivery System; Development of Nanoparticle Drug Carriers.

Keywords: bio-/organic-inorganic hybrids; intercalation; gene and drug reservoir; micro and nano drug delivery system; new medicines; gene therapy.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021

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Published papers

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