Lipid and Polymeric Nanoparticles: Drug Delivery Applications

  • Meriem RezigueEmail author
Part of the Engineering Materials book series (ENG.MAT.)


Recently, among the novel nanocarriers investigated for drug delivery lipid and polymeric nanoparticles have gained big interest due to their safety and potency. In the last decades, lipid nanoparticles presented by solid lipid nanoparticles SLNs and their newer generation known as nanostructured lipid carriers NLCs provided a promising alternative to traditional colloidal drug carriers. Furthermore, polymeric nanoparticles are innovative systems and used widely to incorporate active ingredients and replace conventional vehicles. Polymeric nanoparticles have been shown to be highly effective in drug delivery, imaging, therapy, and theranostic applications. This chapter will mainly focus to give information about the structure, the properties, the advantages, the constituents and the methods of preparation of lipid and polymeric nanoparticles and emphasize the application of these nanoparticles in drug delivery. Furthermore, it will cover recent studies dealing with the therapeutic applications of these two types of nanoparticles.


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  1. 1.Faculty of PharmacyPhiladelphia UniversityAmmanJordan
  2. 2.Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of PharmacyYarmouk UniversityIrbidJordan

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