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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Pharmacotherapy Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria
ISSN: 1596-5996
EISSN: 1596-9827
Vol. 8, No. 3, 2009, pp. 265-274
Bioline Code: pr09035
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2009, pp. 265-274

 en Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery Part 1: Background and Applications
Ochekpe, Nelson A.; Olorunfemi, Patrick O. & Ngwuluka, Ndidi C

Abstract

Nanotechnology in general and as it relates to drug delivery in humans has been reviewed in a two-part article, the first part of which is this paper. In this paper, nanotechnology in nature, history of nanotechnology and methods of synthesis are discussed, while also outlining its applications, benefits and risks. Nanotechnology is an industrial revolution, based on integration of disciplines that could change every facet of human life. Some examples of changes brought about by reduction in particle sizes to the physical, chemical and biological properties of substances, compounds and drug products have been cited. The benefits of nanotechnology are enormous and so these benefits should be maximized while efforts are made to reduce the risks.

Keywords
Nanotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Nanostructures, Nanomaterials, Nanocarriers, Drug delivery.

 
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