Special Issue "Polymers Composed of Natural Molecules in Drug Delivery Systems"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 July 2023) | Viewed by 5423
Interests: biobased polymers; surfactants; cosmetics; polymer nanoparticles; micelles
Drug delivery systems have attracted great attention in recent years since they can usually achieve the protection, transport, and controlled or sustained release of therapeutic agents and reduce side effects during treatment. In a drug delivery system, polymers play an important role. However, polymers comprising non-degradable carbon–carbon backbones have disadvantages in biodegradability and biocompatibility, which limit their possible applications in the biomedicine field. Natural molecules, such as amino acids, vegetable oils, polyols, and sugars, are widely present in nature. Polymers that are derived from these natural molecules are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and usually exhibit good biocompatibility. Therefore, polymers, such as poly(amino acid)s and polysaccharides, composed of natural molecules have become a hot research topic for drug delivery.
This Special Issue aims to focus on recent advances and developments in novel polymers composed of natural molecules for drug delivery. Both high-quality original research articles and comprehensive reviews are welcome to provide a clear understanding of the current state of the art in polymers composed of natural molecules for drug delivery. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Synthesis and analysis of polymers derived from natural molecules;
- Degradability of polymers derived from natural molecules;
- Toxicity of polymers derived from natural molecules;
- Self-assembly behaviors of polymers derived from natural molecules;
- Stimuli-responsive polymers derived from natural molecules;
- The relationship between physico-chemical properties and chemical structure in polymers derived from natural molecules;
- Application of polymers derived from natural molecules for drug delivery.
Dr. Guangyan Zhang
Dr. Jia Liu
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- drug delivery
- synthesis and analysis
- natural molecules
- physico-chemical properties
- biodegradability and biocompatibility
- stimuli responsiveness