Metal- and Polymer-Based Nanoparticles for Advanced Therapeutic and Diagnostic System Applications

  • Nicole J. Bassous
  • Thomas J. WebsterEmail author


Solutions for distinct clinical conditions that arise due to the application of nanotechnology, pertaining to refined diagnostics and therapeutics, are steadily revolutionizing the medical field. Presently, distinct modalities have emerged which advocate the manipulation of nanomaterials to produce medical devices. While several of these constructs are actively being used in the clinic, a greater number are being audited for clinical safety and efficacy, and many more are under various stages of development. Nanomaterials that are frequently investigated and that have been approved for clinical use include capsules, dendrimers, polymeric nanoparticles, nanocages, nanoshells, biopolymer nanocarriers, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and various inorganic materials. Due to the vibrancy of the nanomedical field, novel solutions are continuously being developed and adapted to meet standard patient needs and to exceed the capabilities of antiquated hospital diagnostic and treatment systems. In this review, the integration of biomaterials and nanotechnology, to yield nanomaterial building blocks, is investigated, especially with pertinence to the fabrication of contemporary medical devices that can be used to treat or diagnose a broad range of bacterial infections. Although nanotechnology has been credited with advancing numerous clinical breakthroughs, substantial efforts must be directed toward extensive cytotoxicity, biodegradation, administration, distribution, and metabolic analyses, among other performance identifiers, prior to the adoption of nanoparticles and/or nanomaterials as dependable drug substitutes, carriers, implants, or sensor elements.


Nanotechnology Biomaterials Metal nanoparticles Mechanisms of action Antimicrobial Drug delivery vehicles Polymers Advanced imaging systems Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) 


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  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA

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