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Advances in Nanoparticle Research for Biomedical Applications

Maria Carmo Pereira

University of Porto

Maria do Carmo Pereira completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1998 at the Universidade do Porto. During her research career, she has authored and co-authored more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed international journals (H-index of 31). She received 10 awards and/or honors.


Maria João Ramalho

University of Porto

Maria João Ramalho holds a Ph. in Biological and Chemical Engineering. Currently, she is a researcher at LEPABE (Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy), and a visiting researcher at i3S (Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, University of Porto). Her research interests focus on the design, optimization, characterization, and in vitro evaluation of nanoparticles for the encapsulation of bioactive compounds for several health applications.

Joana A. Loureiro

University of Porto

Joana Loureiro is a Researcher at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE) and Invited Professor assistant at Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Engenharia. She obtained her MSc in Chemical Engineering and in Pharmaceutical Sciences and received her Ph.D. (2013) in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Porto (Portugal). J.A.Loureiro published 34 papers in international peer-review journals (h-index 14).


Nanocarriers Polymeric Nanoparticles Self-Assembly Surface Modification Size Distribution Surface Charge Encapsulation Biodegradability Bioanalytical Methods Biosensors Probe Bioimaging

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The use of nanostructured materials has created breakthroughs in the biomedical research field and the recent advances in nanoparticles research have contributed to the growing interest of the scientific community.

Nanoparticles are colloidal carriers with dimensions on the nanoscale with unique optical, electronic and magnetic properties due to their high surface area-to-volume ratio. These unique properties are attractive for several biomedical applications, from diagnosis to treatment of several diseases. The nanoparticles surface can be easily tuned with several moieties for different purposes such as target drug delivery, biosensing, antigen recognition, improved stabilization and controlled release of therapeutic molecules. Thus, nanoparticles can be used as early diagnosis tools, contrast imaging agents and as drug delivery systems.

This book will be relevant for a broad scientific community providing a comprehensive overview of the recent advances on nanoparticles research for different biomedical applications, focusing on the methods for synthesis, characterization, in vitro/vivo evaluation.

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Maria Carmo Pereira

University of Porto

Maria do Carmo Pereira completed the PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1998 at the Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Engenharia, and a graduation in Chemical Engineering in 1993 at Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal. She is Assistant Professor at Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Engenharia and the Group Leader of Supramolecular Assemblies at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE). The main research areas that she is working are: i) Nanotechnology and interfacial phenomena; supramolecular interactions including novel nano-engineered biomaterials for therapeutic applications; development of nanostructured electrochemical immunosensors for detection of neurodegenerative diseases; and environment (air quality and atmospheric pollution with emphasis on public and environmental health). During her research career she has authored and co-authored more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed international journals (H-index of 31). She received 10 awards and/or honors.

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