Special Issue "Functional Polymeric Materials for Drug Delivery and Sustained Drug Release"

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Pharmacy and Formulation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Wing-Fu Lai
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Ciechanover Institute of Precision and Regenerative Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen 518172, China
Interests: bioactive agent delivery; sustained release; hydrogels; functional food development; food microencapsulation; materials engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymers are potentially ideal building blocks for nanotechnology because of their well-defined structures, ease of functionalization, and their length scale which lies in the nano-range. Over the years, the use of polymers has continued to be exploited in biomedicine. Apart from their conventional use as adhesives and tissue void fillers, polymers have recently been employed in cell encapsulation, the fabrication of medical devices, drug delivery, tissue engineering and a diversity of other biomedical applications. In parallel with progression in nanomedicine, events in the polymer sciences are anticipated to be further evolved with the emergence of new materials and structures.

Regarding the practical potential of polymers, the objective of this Special Issue is to provide an updated account of recent advances in the synthesis, characterization, engineering and use of polymers for drug delivery and sustained drug release. It is expected that this Special Issue will be a valuable resource for all academic, industrial and clinical researchers who wish to be kept informed about recent patent breakthroughs in polymer-based carriers in therapeutics and diagnosis.

Dr. Wing-Fu Lai
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • drug delivery
  • sustained drug release
  • materials science
  • materials engineering
  • non-viral carriers
  • polymers

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Polysaccharide 3D Printing for Drug Delivery Applications
Pharmaceutics 2022, 14(1), 145; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/pharmaceutics14010145 - 07 Jan 2022
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3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has gained considerable interest due to its versatility regarding design as well as in the large choice of materials. It is a powerful tool in the field of personalized pharmaceutical treatment, particularly crucial for pediatric and geriatric patients. [...] Read more.
3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has gained considerable interest due to its versatility regarding design as well as in the large choice of materials. It is a powerful tool in the field of personalized pharmaceutical treatment, particularly crucial for pediatric and geriatric patients. Polysaccharides are abundant and inexpensive natural polymers, that are already widely used in the food industry and as excipients in pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations. Due to their intrinsic properties, such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, non-immunogenicity, etc., polysaccharides are largely investigated as matrices for drug delivery. Although an increasing number of interesting reviews on additive manufacturing and drug delivery are being published, there is a gap concerning the printing of polysaccharides. In this article, we will review recent advances in the 3D printing of polysaccharides focused on drug delivery applications. Among the large family of polysaccharides, the present review will particularly focus on cellulose and cellulose derivatives, chitosan and sodium alginate, printed by fused deposition modeling and extrusion-based printing. Full article
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