Special Issue "Polymers in Nanocarrier Systems"
A special issue of Macromol (ISSN 2673-6209).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: nanostructured biomaterials; polysaccharides; proteins; nanoparticles; biointerfaces; biopolymer fluids; hydrogels; small-angle neutron scattering; rheology; microrheology
Polymers are broadly used to produce nanocarriers of pharmaceutical and nutritional compounds and substances with combined properties, i.e., nutraceuticals and theranostics. They are amenable to chemical modification, they create soft structures that can accommodate bioactive compounds and live-matter and they may spontaneously self-assemble in nanostructures that can be used in a wide range of applications. Polymer-based materials and nanomaterials are often designed to respond to external stimuli such as temperature and pH and, therefore, can be tuned to release their cargo under specified conditions. Macromolecular nanosystems are also used to carry biological macromolecules, e.g., proteins and genes, in many occasions making use of physical interactions, usually electrostatic and hydrophobic forces. In addition, polymeric nanosystems include coating and functionalization of quantum dots and metallic nanoparticles.
Currently, polymer nanocarriers investigations focus on micro/nano- particles/capsules/gels, hydrogels and nanocomposite materials with potential in tissue regeneration, treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, wound healing, agrochemical industry, food science, etc. The Special Issue welcomes contributions related to nanomaterials that are based on natural, synthetic, or hybrid macromolecules and are designed as carriers of active compounds including (while not being restricted to) polymer synthesis, nanocarrier formation, characterization, encapsulation, and release of loaded compound and applications opportunities.
Dr. Aristeidis Papagiannopoulos
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- Light scattering
- Small-angle scattering
- Bioactive compounds