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Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology

Vinod Labhasetwar (Editor), Diandra L. Leslie-Pelecky (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-471-72242-7 August 2007 264 Pages


An overview of nanotechnology and its potential

The field of nanotechnology is undergoing rapid developments on many fronts. This reference provides a comprehensive review of various nanotechnologies with a view to their biomedical applications. With chapters contributed by distinguished scientists from diverse disciplines, Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology :

  • Reviews recent advances in the designing of various nanotechnologies based on nucleic acids, polymers, biomaterials, and metals
  • Discusses biomedical nanotechnology in areas such as drug and gene delivery
  • Covers advanced aspects of imaging and diagnostics
  • Includes a chapter on the issue of nanotoxicology
Complete with figures and tables, this is a practical, hands-on reference book for researchers in pharmaceutical and biotech industries, biomedical engineers, pharmaceutical scientists, pharmacologists, and materials scientists as well as for the policymakers who need to understand the potential of nanotechnology. It is also an excellent resource book for graduate-level students in pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical engineering, and other fields in which nanotechnology is playing an increasingly important role.

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1. Biological Applications of Multifunctional Magnetic Nanowires.

2. Nucleic Acid Delivery and Localizing Delivery with Magnetic Nanoparticles.

3. Magnetic Nanoparticles in Cancer Diagnosis and Hyperthermic Treatment.

4. Brownian Motion In Biological Sensing.

5. Dendrimers And Hyperbranched Polymers For Drug Delivery.

6. Nanogels: Chemistry to Drug Delivery.

7. Targeted Gold Nanoparticles for Imaging and Therapy.

8. Building Blocks of Nucleic Acid Nanostructures: Unfolding Thermodynamics of Intramolecular DNA Complexes.

9. Nanotoxicology.


About the Editors.

“This volume highlights a number of approaches toward using nanotechnology for drug delivery, imaging, and therapeutic applications.” (The Quarterly Review of Biology, March 2009)

"[A] well-produced book, easy to find your way around … .Each chapter is accompanied by a detailed list of references that includes both popular science journals and the more specialised research literature." (Chemistry and Industry, November 2008)

  • Provides a comprehensive survey of nanotechnology including advances in nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems and approaches
  • Discusses biomedical nanotechnology in areas such as: drug delivery, vaccines, tissue engineering, toxicity assessments, and gene delivery
  • Includes a section analyzing the economic impact of nanotechnology
  • Raises the profile of drug delivery in the field of nanotechnology
  • Contributes toward an understanding of various cellular processes at a molecular level