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Special Issue "Self-Assembled Amphiphilic Copolymers in Drug Delivery"
A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Drug Targeting and Design".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2023) | Viewed by 2863
Special Issue Editors
Interests: self-assembled materials; drug delivery systems; controlled release; biomaterials; polymers; liposomes; nanoparticles nanocomposites; nanomaterials synthesis and characterization;
Interests: hybrid nanomaterials; G-quartet hydrogels; nanomaterials synthesis and characterization; atomic force microscopy; Raman and SERS
Special Issue Information
We are pleased to invite you to publish your valuable research results in this Special Issue titled “Application of Self-Assembled Amphiphilic Copolymers in Drug Delivery”. Amphiphilic copolymers present a unique chemical structure that includes both hydrophilic and hydrophobic chains, which trigger a self-assembling behavior in selective solvents due to the hydrophilic/hydrophobic interactions among different polymer blocks. Based on this behavior, amphiphilic copolymers can form micelles or polymer vesicles (polymersomes), making them attractive for numerous applications in biomedicine, including their usage as drug delivery systems. There is a high demand for new drug-polymer formulations to be used as effective carriers that allow for an efficient controlled release of the active substance in the targeted area. From this point of view, amphiphilic copolymers are emerging in biomedicine, where there is a stringent need for a system responsive to external stimuli (pH, temperature, solvents, etc.) and that is capable of loading and releasing the incorporated drug.
This Special Issue aims to collect papers related to all aspects regarding the development (process engineering, synthesis, characterization, theoretical modelling, etc.) of self-assembled amphiphilic copolymers and their application as new drug delivery systems. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Synthesis routes and property control;
- Fine tuning of amphiphilic copolymers’ properties;
- Chemical modifications of amphiphilic copolymers;
- Process engineering of polymer matrices;
- Encapsulation and delivery of hydrophilic drugs from hydrophobic copolymers;
- Encapsulation and delivery of hydrophobic drugs from hydrophilic copolymers;
- Controlled drug delivery studies;
- Drug targeting.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Ana Cazacu
Dr. Elena-Laura Ursu
Manuscript Submission Information
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- amphiphilic block copolymers
- drug delivery systems
- targeted drug delivery
- controlled release
- kinetics studies