Combining Nanoparticles with Colloidal Bubbles: A Short Review

  • Ekaterina Litau
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2118)


Ultrasound and magneto-responsive nanosized drug delivery systems have been designed as novel carriers for controlled release. Colloidal bubbles (CBs) could be designed to incorporate different materials, such as protein, lipid, polymer, surfactants, and even nanoparticles in their shell, which makes them suitable for a wide range of drug delivery applications. The interior of CBs may be filled with different gases, which is essential for conferring the characteristics of an ultrasounds contrasting agent. Manipulating the core of CBs enhances features such as stability and duration of the echogenic effect. Thus CBs derivatized with nanoparticles combine functional properties of CBs and NPs to yield a versatile theranostics platform technology.

Key words

Colloidal bubbles Nanoparticles Theranostics Contrast reagents Imaging Drug delivery 



The manuscript was edited by Enrico Ferrari and Mikhail Soloviev.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ekaterina Litau
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  1. 1.Royal Holloway University of LondonEghamUK

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