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Cytotechnology

, Volume 63, Issue 4, pp 319–323 | Cite as

Nanomaterials in controlled drug release

  • Xin-Jun Cai
  • Ying-Ying XuEmail author
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Abstract

In past years with the advances of chemistry and material sciences, the development of nanotechnology brought generations of nanomaterials with specific biomedical properties. These include the nanoparticle-based drug delivery, nanosized drugs, and nanomaterials for tissue engineering. The present article focuses on the use of nanomaterials in controlled drug release. The applications of nanomaterials with nano-enabled drug release characteristics brought many benefits when compared to the traditional (bulk) materials. We discuss the current advances and propose some future directions for the technology development.

Keywords

Drug release Nanomaterial Nanoparticle Gel Colloid Drug delivery Self-assembly 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of pharmacyIntegrated Chinese and Western Medicine Hospital of Zhejiang ProvinceHangzhouChina

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