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Intelligent, self-powered, drug delivery systems

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Abstract

Self-propelled nano/micromotors and pumps are considered to be next generation drug delivery systems since the carriers can either propel themselves (“motor”-based drug delivery) or be delivered (“pump”-based drug delivery) to the target in response to specific biomarkers. Recently, there has been significant advancement towards developing nano/microtransporters into proof-of-concept tools for biomedical applications. This review encompasses the progress made to date on the design of synthetic nano/micromotors and pumps with respect to transportation and delivery of cargo at specific locations. Looking ahead, it is possible to imagine a day when intelligent machines navigate through the human body and perform challenging tasks.

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Submitted
04 Sep 2012
Accepted
11 Oct 2012
First published
23 Oct 2012

Nanoscale, 2013,5, 1273-1283
Article type
Feature Article

Intelligent, self-powered, drug delivery systems

D. Patra, S. Sengupta, W. Duan, H. Zhang, R. Pavlick and A. Sen, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 1273
DOI: 10.1039/C2NR32600K

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