Contribution of Dendrimers and Other Dendritic Polymers in Medical Nanotechnology

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology".

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Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, NCSR “Demokritos”, 15310 Athens, Greece
Interests: dendritic polymers; xerogels; water purification; liquid crystals; metal nanoparticle catalysts; antimicrobial coatings
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Department Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: synthesis and characterization of novel multifunctional nanocomposites; application of active phases to textiles/fabrics; (photo)catalytic detoxification of chemical warfare agent vapors or droplets; adsorption of organic compounds from liquid phases; photo- and chemo-catalytic valorization/oxidation of biomass-obtained model compounds; desulfurization of biofuels; colorimetric detection of toxic vapors
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of mimicking nature’s dendritic patterns through radial polymerization has afforded such a diversity of derivatives that their recognition as a fourth class of polymers is imperative. Research on dendritic polymers is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature, with both current and prospected applications involving most of the natural and medical sciences. The latter benefit from these polymers’ exceptional properties, unique architecture and similarity to biomolecules. The intramolecular cavities and intermolecular associations range from ions and small molecules to large biological entities. External groups are susceptible to functionalization and, in parallel, provide high local concentrations of active groups. In harmony with the trend of nanotechnology-empowered implementations, solutions to major health challenges have been discovered. These may adopt different conformations of nano-species: complexes, membranes, spheres, matrices, scaffolds, tubes, fibers and particles. Composites are produced in combination with organic and inorganic materials such as metals, ceramics and allotropic carbon forms. Drug delivery, tissue engineering, contrast agents, sensors and gene transfection are indicative examples. As life expectancy continues to increase, the need for novel, improved therapeutic and diagnostic tools is becoming increasingly critical. This Special Issue is dedicated to all the efforts of contemporary scientists working in the field to address sanitary needs and aims to present the broad spectrum of future prospects of this research.

Dr. Michael Arkas
Dr. Dimitrios Giannakoudakis
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Keywords

  • drug delivery
  • tissue engineering
  • regenerative medicine
  • contrast agents
  • bioimaging
  • biosensors
  • gene transfection
  • antimicrobial agents
  • hyperbranched polymers
  • bioinspired
  • biomimetic
  • matrices
  • scaffolds

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