Silica nanoparticles: synthesis and functionalization for drug delivery application

Mondal, A and Mishra, S (2014) Silica nanoparticles: synthesis and functionalization for drug delivery application. MSc thesis.



Mesoporous silica nanomaterials are typically synthesised from surfactant molecules, acting as a templates or structure driving agents. The pore diameters, orderedness of pores, pore wall thickness etc. can be easily controlled by choosing a particular type of surfactant molecule and by varying the reaction conditions. Such chemical control provides the pathway to generate engineered mesoporous silica materials that can have a very high surface area up to 1000 m2/g and the pore diameter can also be varied from 2-10 nm. At present, we are studying the controlled release profile of these materials. Also, the effect of introduction of organic functionality on the particle morphology is under investigation. These mesoporous nanoparticles with dimensions below 100 nm can be exploited for in vivo drug delivery application. Currently, we intend to develop a silica nanoparticles drug delivery system, which is designed to work for colon cancer model. For this, the silica nanoparticles were first loaded with anticancer drug and then capped with bio-degradable polymer, which can be easily degraded by glycosidases specifically localised in the colonic region, rendering ‘specificity’ property to the drug carrying capped silica nanoparticles. We believe that the knowledge obtained from this study would help to design mesoporous materials for efficient controlled release agent.

Item Type:Thesis ( MSc)
Uncontrolled Keywords:silica nanoparticle; porosity; guar gum; drug delivery; control release.
Subjects:Chemistry > Physical Chemistry > Nanoparticle Synthesis
Divisions: Sciences > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:5979
Deposited By:Hemanta Biswal
Deposited On:25 Aug 2014 09:52
Last Modified:25 Aug 2014 09:52
Supervisor(s):Giri, S

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