Polymer Nanoparticles for In Vivo Applications: Progress on Preparation Methods and Future Challenges

  • Christine VauthierEmail author


Polymer nanoparticles are one type of the arsenal of nanomedicines that are developed to improve efficacy and specificity of drug delivery and to design new contrast agents enhancing the performance of diagnostic methods based on imaging techniques. To answer the various challenges, it has lead the way to development of suitable nanoparticles. Many types of methods of preparation were proposed designing nanoparticles taking different structures and integrating various functions. The purpose of the introduction to the part I of the book devoted to the methods of preparation of polymer nanoparticles to be used as nanomedicines is to present the different types of polymer nanoparticles that were designed so far and to give an overview on their methods of preparation. It is also important to place these methodologies in a prospective view raising future challenges and bottlenecks.


Methods Micelles Polymer nanoparticles Nanocapsules Nanospheres Nanogel Polyelectrolyte complex Self-assembling Precipitation Polymerization Emulsion Polymer solution Layer-by-layer Print Microfluidic Self-assembling Complex Spherical particles Nonspherical nanoparticles Multifunctional nanoparticles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut Galien Paris Sud, Faculty of PharmacyUMR CNRS, University of Paris-Sud, University Paris SaclayChâtenay-Malabry CedexFrance

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