Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience

  • Ijeoma F. Uchegbu
  • Andreas G. Schätzlein
  • Woei Ping Cheng
  • Aikaterini Lalatsa

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ijeoma F. Uchegbu
    Pages 1-5
  3. Nanomaterials Fabrication, Characterisation and Use

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Ijeoma F. Uchegbu
      Pages 9-25
    3. Jessica Kalra, Marcel B. Bally
      Pages 27-63
    4. Carlotta Marianecci, Luisa Di Marzio, Federica Rinaldi, Sara Esposito, Maria Carafa
      Pages 65-90
    5. Eliana B. Souto, Joana F. Fangueiro, Rainer H. Müller
      Pages 91-116
    6. M. Mazza, M. Alonso-Sande, M.-C. Jones, M. de la Fuente
      Pages 117-158
    7. Cristina Fante, Francesca Greco
      Pages 159-182
    8. Núria Sancho Oltra, Sharon M. Loverde, Takamasa Harada, Abdullah Mahmud, Karthikan Rajagopal, Dennis E. Discher
      Pages 183-210
    9. Ijeoma F. Uchegbu, Aikaterini Lalatsa, Dennis Wong
      Pages 211-234
    10. Hélder A. Santos, Ermei Mäkilä, Luis M. Bimbo, Patrick Almeida, Jouni Hirvonen
      Pages 235-275
    11. Leena Peltonen
      Pages 277-297
  4. Concepts Underpinning the Application of Biomedical Nanomaterials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Dolores Remedios Serrano Lopez, Aikaterini Lalatsa
      Pages 337-374
    3. C. Hoskins, W. P. Cheng
      Pages 375-398
  5. Therapeutic and Diagnostic Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. Hideaki Nakamura, Hiroshi Maeda
      Pages 401-427
    3. Abeer H. A. Mohamed-Ahmed, Claire Ginn, Simon L. Croft, Stephen Brocchini
      Pages 429-464
    4. Yvonne Perrie, Randip Kaur, Malou Henriksen-Lacey
      Pages 465-491
    5. Jayanant Iemsam-Arng, Xiao Kong, Andreas G. Schätzlein, Ijeoma F. Uchegbu
      Pages 493-510
    6. Aikaterini Lalatsa
      Pages 511-542
    7. Mazen El-Hamadi, Andreas G. Schätzlein
      Pages 543-566
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 591-598

About this book


The emerging discipline of nanoscience has resulted in a number of new technologies.  These groundbreaking advances are firing the imagination of a generation of scientists and leading to new materials with a wealth of functionality.  In the biomedical sciences these technological advances are finally translating into clinically relevant products and bringing patients exciting new therapies and diagnostics.  This is the first book of its kind that seeks to present the application of nanoscience to medicines development - pharmaceutical nanoscience in one accessible volume.  The nanotechnologies that derive from pharmaceutical nanoscience are just beginning to make their mark. The book spans the chemistries, which are harnessed to create the materials, the concepts upon which their application rests and model examples of the exploitation of this new knowledge to bring healthcare benefits. A final chapter on the commercialisation pathways taken by these new technologies provides a fitting end to the book as all science is geared towards new knowledge or an improved quality of life through the creation of new interventions, products or services. The book is designed to introduce undergraduates to the technologies underpinning these emerging and existing products, provide a reference volume for graduate scholars seeking an introduction to the fields of pharmaceutical nanoscience and pharmaceutical nanotechnology and provide the expert with accessible information on complementary areas satellite to their main areas of expertise.

Professor Ijeoma F. Uchegbu

Ijeoma Uchegbu is Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the UCL School of Pharmacy, University College London and Chief Scientific Officer of Nanomerics, a spin out company from the UCL School of Pharmacy in London.

She obtained her PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University of London in 1994, was appointed to a lectureship within the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Strathclyde University in 1997 and a Chair in Drug Delivery at Strathclyde University in 2002.  In 2006 Ijeoma was appointed to the Chair in Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at the School of Pharmacy and in 2010 Ijeoma founded Nanomerics with Andreas G. Schätzlein.   Nanomerics is a speciality pharmaceutical company focused on exploiting pharmaceutical nanotechnology platforms ( for medicines development.    

Ijeoma’s research in pharmaceutical nanoscience has provided insights into nanoparticle design for drug delivery, producing nanosystems (nanomedicines) that promote oral drug absorption, peptide drug transport to the brain and, in collaboration with Andreas Schätzlein, gene/ siRNA transport to experimental tumours. 

Ijeoma is the former Scientific Secretary of the Controlled Release Society (CRS), a learned society with over 2,000 members, with interests in the delivery of pharmaceuticals, former Chair of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Great Britain and the former Academia Expert on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ Science Engineering and Technology Strategy for Women Expert Group.

Ijeoma has been awarded various prizes for her work, notably the UK Department for Business Innovation Skills’ Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award ( and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year 2012 and she was elected to the Controlled Release Society College of Fellows in 2013.

Ijeoma is the editor of two books, a named inventor on 10 granted patents and 11 patent families. Ijeoma has also authored over 90 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Dr Andreas G. Schatzlein

Andreas Schatzlein has a track record of medicines development and translational research in industry and academia. His research interests focus on the discovery and preclinical/clinical development of targeted anti-cancer drugs and nanomedicines and the understanding of their underlying biology. Andreas is a veterinary surgeon by training and, after completion of his doctorate on transdermal nanomedicines delivery, joined the biotech start-up IDEA in Munich to develop this technology commercially.

In 1996 joined academia at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Laboratories at the University of Glasgow where became leader of the Experimental Therapeutics and Gene Medicines Group. There he was also responsible for setting up a unit that carried out analysis of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics readouts from early phase translational oncology/nanomedicines trials using a good clinical laboratory practice framework. He currently is a Reader at the UCL School of Pharmacy and co-founder and CEO of Nanomerics Ltd, a UCL spinout company developing pharmaceutical nanotechnology.

Dr Woei Ping Cheng

Woei Ping Cheng joined the School of Pharmacy at University of Hertfordshire, UK as a senior lecturer in pharmaceutics in January 2009. Prior to obtaining her PhD in 2005, she was a lecturer at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, The Robert Gordon University, UK. She obtained her first class BSc (Hons) Pharmacy and PhD from University of Strathclyde. Her research interest is in the use of novel self-assembling polymers for the delivery of challenging therapeutic agents such as hydrophobic drugs, proteins and siRNA. She is the editorial board member of Drug Delivery Letters and chair person of UK-Ireland Controlled Release Society (UKICRS). She had been invited to chair and speak in a number of national and international scientific conferences and has published more than 35 peer-reviewed papers and conference abstracts, 3 patents and one book chapter. Her research is supported by industry, charity and UK research council.


Dr Aikaterini Lalatsa

Aikaterini Lalatsa is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, in the Department of Pharmacy, University of Hertfordshire working in development of oral nanomedicinal formulations utilizing biodegradable polymers and lipids. Her research interests include engineering, synthesis, characterization, and preclinical evaluation of novel nanocarriers for brain delivery of APIs and biomacromolecules, peptide delivery utilizing non-invasive routes and oral delivery of poorly soluble drugs. Aikaterini has worked as a research fellow in University of Patra on an FP7 project (Nanoparticles for Therapy and Diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease project) and in School of Pharmacy, University of London (UCL School of Pharmacy) on a EPSRC-GSK funded project with aim to translate patented platform technology that stemmed out her PhD work into an oral peptide nanomedicine. Aikaterini is a registered pharmacist in the UK and Greece and has obtained her PhD in degree in 2009 at the School of Pharmacy, University of London on oral nanoparticulate peptide delivery to the brain.





Biomedical Nanomaterials Nanomaterials Fabrication Si nanoparticles blood-brain barrier blood-eye barrier carbon nanotubes chemotherapy drug loading and dissolution drug nanocarriers drug nanocrystals nanoemulsions siRNA therapy synthetic polymeric carriers “porous” nanocarriers

Editors and affiliations

  • Ijeoma F. Uchegbu
    • 1
  • Andreas G. Schätzlein
    • 2
  • Woei Ping Cheng
    • 3
  • Aikaterini Lalatsa
    • 4
  1. 1.UCL School of PharmacyUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.UCL School of PharmacyUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.BexleyheathUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.School of Pharmacy & Biomedical SciencesUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom

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