Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications of Functional Nanoparticles

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical and Molecular Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2024 | Viewed by 363

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Institute of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Department of Physical Chemistry and Microreaction Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, 98693 Ilmenau, Germany
Interests: microfluidic synthesis of metal nanoparticles; electrical properties of nanoparticles; non-spherical and composite nanoparticles; nanoparticles in sensing and labelling
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Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue is dedicated to recent progress in the field of functionalized nanoparticles promising new interesting properties, development of new functional materials, new diagnostic tools and new nanodevices. In particular, nanoparticles with special surface functions, special electrical, magnetic and optical properties as well as composed nanoparticles are of interest for new developments in nanotechnology, as well as in understanding physical, chemical and biomolecular interaction at the nanoscale. Reports and reviews on the synthesis of such new nanomaterials, characterization studies and investigations leading to new applications of functional nanoparticles are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Johann Michael Köhler
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • nanoparticles
  • composite nanomaterials
  • surface functionalization
  • nanoparticle assemblies
  • nanotransducers
  • nanosensors

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Exploring the Potential of Nanoparticles in the Treatment of Breast Cancer: Current Applications and Future Directions
Appl. Sci. 2024, 14(5), 1809; https://doi.org/10.3390/app14051809 - 22 Feb 2024
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Breast cancer (BC) ranks among the most diagnosed solid tumors worldwide. For decades, significant research efforts have been dedicated to finding selective treatments for these solid tumors. Currently, the primary treatment method for BC involves surgery, with the subsequent utilization of radiotherapy and [...] Read more.
Breast cancer (BC) ranks among the most diagnosed solid tumors worldwide. For decades, significant research efforts have been dedicated to finding selective treatments for these solid tumors. Currently, the primary treatment method for BC involves surgery, with the subsequent utilization of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. However, these subsequent treatments often fall short of effectively treating BC due to their side effects and harm to healthy tissues. Today, a range of nanoparticles are being developed to target BC cells without affecting the surrounding healthy tissues. This in-depth review, based on studies, seeks to shed light on these specially designed nanoparticles and their potential in BC treatment. Typically, therapeutic drugs or naturally occurring bioactive compounds are incorporated into precisely crafted nanoparticles. This enhances their solubility, longevity in the bloodstream, and distribution in the body while also minimizing side effects and immune reactions. Nanoparticles have been designed to address the shortcomings of standalone therapeutics and traverse various biological obstacles spanning the systemic, microenvironmental, and cellular that differ among patients and diseases. We prioritize breakthroughs in nanoparticle design to surpass diverse delivery obstacles and believe that smart nanoparticle engineering not only enhances effectiveness for general delivery but also allows customized solutions for specific needs, ultimately leading to better outcomes for patients. Full article
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