The Art of Falling Apart: Exploiting Nanomaterial Disassembly for Medicine and Pharmacy

A. Almutairi
University of California, San Diego, US

Keywords: disassembly of nanomaterial constructs, gene delivery, inflammatory diseases

Summary:

Research in nanotechnology over the last two decades has enabled scientists and engineers to build constructs of shapes, sizes and properties previously unattainable. These efforts have been rewarded with numerous Nobel Prizes. Now is the time to also focus on controlled disassembly of nanomaterial constructs to access properties and enable technologies useful in overcoming medical and pharmaceutical challenges. This presentation will cover two new classes of materials developed. Their usefulness to a number of medical challenges such as gene delivery and inflammatory diseases will be highlighted.