Core-Shell Nanostructures for Drug Delivery and Theranostics

Core-Shell Nanostructures for Drug Delivery and Theranostics

Challenges, Strategies and Prospects for Novel Carrier Systems

1st Edition - June 29, 2018

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  • Editors: Maria Focarete, Anna Tampieri
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021989
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021996

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Core-Shell Nanostructures for Drug Delivery and Theranostics: Challenges, Strategies and Prospects for Novel Carrier Systems contains valuable chapters that deal with the fundamentals of nanotechnology for drug delivery, recent developments and research in core-shell nanoparticles for drug-delivery and theranostic applications, and the potential and applications of core-shell nanofiber. This book is a highly valuable resource for scientists interested in the design and development of innovative drug delivery systems, researchers and graduate/postdoctoral students engaged in biomaterials for drug delivery, and R&D managers in the biomaterials and pharmaceutical industry.

Key Features

  • Focuses on core-shell nanoparticles and nanofiber for innovative applications, including cancer therapy, controlled release and multi-drug release
  • Considers future prospects and potential new applications of core-shell nanostructures for drug delivery and theranostics
  • Explains the principles and essential concepts of nanotechnology for drug delivery systems


Researchers in biomaterials for drug delivery, materials science, polymer science, bioengineering, and biochemistry; graduate and postdoc students; R&D managers in the biomaterials and pharmaceutical industries

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Fundamentals on nanotechnology for drug delivery
    1. Introduction to core-shell nanostructures for drug delivery
    2. Physico-chemical properties of nanosized polymeric drug carrier systems
    3. Biomineralization process generating hybrid nano-beads
    4. Clinical applications of nanostructured drug delivery systems: from basic research to translational medicine

    Part II: Core-shell nanoparticles
    5. Core-shell nanoparticle technology
    6. Core-shell nanoparticles for cancer therapy
    7. Multifunctional hybrid Nanoparticles for Theranostics
    8. Stimuli responsive core-shell nanoparticles
    9. Magnetic core-shell nanoparticles: remote driving, hyperthermia and controlled drug release
    10. Smart nano-systems for neurodegenerative diseases

    Part III: Core-shell nanofiber
    11. Coaxial electrospinning and emulsion electrospinning techniques
    12. Drug release kinetics of electrospun fibrous systems
    13. Applications of core-shell nanofibers: drug and biomolecules release and gene therapy
    14. Core-shell nanofibers for multi-drug release

Product details

  • No. of pages: 466
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2018
  • Published: June 29, 2018
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081021989
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081021996

About the Editors

Maria Focarete

Maria has authored more than 60 papers on international, peer-reviewed scientific journals and 3 book chapters.She is the inventor of 7 patents or patent applications. She has more than 100 contributions in national and international conferences in the fields of polymeric materials and electrospinning technology. Maria coordinates the interdisciplinary Research Group on Electrospinning of the University of Bologna (RGE-UNIBO, that she founded in 2006) whose activities are mostly focused on extending basic current knowledge for better control and optimization of the electrospinning process and fabricating innovative engineered nanofiber assemblies from selected polymers. She also leads the Biomaterials Laboratory activities of the Health Sciences and Technologies - Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research (HST-ICIR) at the University of Bologna. Technology transfer is also performed, and the electrospinning technology developed in the group are now the focus of a start-up company, where Maria is member of the Scientific Advisory Board.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry “G. Ciamician”, University of Bologna and principal investigator of a research group active in polymer science and polymer processing technologies for advanced biomedical and energy applications

Anna Tampieri

Anna Tampieri, is the Director of the Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics at the National Research Council of Italy, Chemist, 30 years of experience in Material Science, particularly addressed to biomimetic materials and devices for regeneration of hard and soft tissues and organs. She authored more than 250 scientific papers published on peer-reviewed Journals and about 20 book chapters (H index = 38 based on Scholar). She is inventor of 16 National and International patents, several of which are licensed to companies acting in the biomedical fields and translated to 7 commercial products. She is Editor of a monography dealing with bio-inspired approaches in regenerative medicine, and Guest Editor of several international scientific journals. Tutor of 11 Ph.D, 14 M.Sc students, and more than 20 National and International fellowships. Coordinator of 5 EC-funded Projects belonging to the 6th and the 7th European framework programmes, and WP Leader in 6 EC-funded Projects. Coordinator of several national projects. Some of the most relevant are : SMILEY EC project NMP-SL-2012-SMALL-6-310637 “Smart Nano-structured Devices Hierarchically Assembled by Mineralization Processes” (2012-2015); OPHIS EC Project “Composite Phenotypic triggers for bone and cartilage repair”, NMP3-SL-2010-SMALL-3-246373 (2010-2013); TEMPLANT EC project NMP4-CT-2006-033277 “Production of new bio- ceramization processes applied to vegetable hierarchical structures” (2006-2011); NIPROGEN National project n. 731448 ”Natures inspires innovative process for the development of implants for regenerative medicine with high degree of vascularization and mechanical performances” (Por Fesr 2014-2020 Emilia Romagna Region) (2016-2018); International project G12-3 “Multifunctional nanocrystalline apatites for cancer therapeutic applications” (Scientific cooperation program Galileo, Italian-French University), (2012-2013); Since 2009 she is member of the “European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine”. Organizer and Chair of several National and International Symposia, Schools and Conferences on Biomaterials, among which the “International Conference of Materials in Medicine (MiMe)”, Faenza (Italy), 2013; the Symposium “Regenerative Medicine”, Global Biotechnology Congress, Boston (USA), 2013; the Symposium “Biomimetic Materials for Biomedical Applications”, EUROMAT2009, Glasgow (UK) 2009. Senior Affiliate Member at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, U.S.A. Associated Professor in Medical Science and Applied Biotecnology, since 2014. Scientific advisor of European commission in several programmes( EUROSTAR, NMP, ERC) Founder of the company FINCERAMICA Biomedical Solution SpA, she was the Idea-woman, then President and today is the Head of the Scientific Advisory Board. Idea-Maker of the start-up company GREENBONE ortho Srl, she is the Head of the Scientific Advisory Board. Consultant for several chemical, biochemical and pharma companies (e.g. Johnson&Johnson, FIN-CERAMICA Biomedical Devices, Menarini Pharma). Awarded by the TIME Magazine for “from Wood to Bone” as the 30° research among the most important 50 researches in 2009. Awarded from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review for the project GreenBone (biomimetic bone implants).

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics of the National Research Council (ISTEC-CNR)

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