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Models for Self-Assembly of Nanoscale Systems with Biomedical Applications

[ Vol. 22 , Issue. 34 ]

Author(s):

Paula V. Messina, Ramon Rial and Juan M. Ruso   Pages 5211 - 5220 ( 10 )

Abstract:


Background: Understanding the physicochemical basis and the different models of nanosystems is nowadays fundamental in a great number of scientific areas and industrial processes.

Results: Here, we focus on nanosystems created by self-assembly, molecular or inorganic. The organization of single units at these scales is a challenging matter in light of the inherently small dimensions involved, the sensitivity of the system to small perturbations, and the problem of scaling up such a process for widespread use and implementation.

Conclusion: This review examines the different self-assembly routes used to create nanostructures in both the equilibrium and non-equilibrium/dynamic systems and discusses their limits and applications. The connection to biomedicine and pharmaceutical design has been emphasized.

Keywords:

Self-assembly, nanoscale, surface plasmon, electromagnetic properties, biomedicine, molecular templates, tissue engineering.

Affiliation:

Soft Matter and Molecular Biophysics Group, Department of Applied Physics, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, 15782, Spain.



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