About this Research Topic
The encapsulation of functional molecules and particles is a key step in the fabrication of novel formulations for the pharmaceutical, chemical, agricultural and food industries, among other areas. Recent advances in nanotechnology and bioengineering have provided new encapsulation strategies, ranging from smart self-assemblies to biomimetic templating of the capsules. Apart from a range of applications, encapsulation technology capitalizes on a variety of materials from biological supramolecular assemblies, to inorganic or hybrid composites. The field clusters researchers from diverse areas, such as biologists, material scientists, biotechnologists, physicists and chemists. Challenges in the field still remain, in the encapsulation yield of molecules and particles, and the uncontrolled leaching or shell stability and degradation in most of the smartly designed capsules. Moreover, new applications, materials and encapsulation methodologies have recently boosted publications on this particular topic.
The purpose of this Research topic is to highlight smart and recent strategies for the encapsulation of functional molecules and particles using nanomaterials/ nanobiotechnology. Special attention will be paid to the biomedical and pharmaceutical applications, the compilation of new materials and to methodologies that could be beneficial in a range of other areas.
This Research Topic welcomes the submission of Reviews, Original Research articles and Perspectives that cover mainly (but are not restricted to) the following topics:
• Biomimetic nanoencapsulation of functional molecules and particles
• Eco-friendly nanomaterials for encapsulation
• Soft-encapsulation of labile molecules
• Nano-Encapsulation strategies : Physical,chemical and biological caging, coprecipitation and post-loading
• Applications of encapsulated functional nanoparticles for biosensing and bioimaging
• Applications of encapsulated functional nanoparticles for biotransformations
• Applications of encapsulated functional nanoparticles for intracellular delivery
Drs. Betancor, Carregal, Escudero and Jimenez hold patents, including some on biomaterial design and application. All Topic Editors declare no other potential competing interests with regard to the Research Topic subject.
Keywords: Encapsulation, Nanoparticles, Nanobiotechnology, Nanomaterials
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