Smart carriers and nanohealers: A nanomedical insight on natural polymers

Sreejith Raveendran, Ankit K. Rochani, Toru Maekawa, D. Sakthi Kumar

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Abstract

Biodegradable polymers are popularly being used in an increasing number of fields in the past few decades. The popularity and favorability of these materials are due to their remarkable properties, enabling a wide range of applications and market requirements to be met. Polymer biodegradable systems are a promising arena of research for targeted and site-specific controlled drug delivery, for developing artificial limbs, 3D porous scaffolds for cellular regeneration or tissue engineering and biosensing applications. Several natural polymers have been identified, blended, functionalized and applied for designing nanoscaffolds and drug carriers as a prerequisite for enumerable bionano technological applications. Apart from these, natural polymers have been well studied and are widely used in material science and industrial fields. The present review explains the prominent features of commonly used natural polymers (polysaccharides and proteins) in various nanomedical applications and reveals the current status of the polymer research in bionanotechnology and science sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number929
JournalMaterials
Volume10
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2017

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Keywords

  • Biopolymers
  • Drug delivery
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanoscience
  • Polymers
  • Tissue engineering

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    Raveendran, S., Rochani, A. K., Maekawa, T., & Kumar, D. S. (2017). Smart carriers and nanohealers: A nanomedical insight on natural polymers. Materials, 10(8), [929]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma10080929