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Smart Materials for Drug Delivery

Call for Papers

With the enhanced technologies, innovative drug delivery systems provide great opportunities for healthcare engineering and better clinical outcomes but also face challenges at the same time, such as bioavailability at the site and specificity for the target cells. Many therapeutics, such as peptide and protein, antibody, vaccine, and gene based drugs, in general may not be delivered using traditional routes such as oral administration because they may be susceptible to enzymatic degradation and systemic side effects and/or may not be absorbed into the systemic circulation effectively due to molecular size or charge issues. However, with recent advanced technologies to design and develop better drug delivery systems, such large biomolecules as well as small molecules are now effectively delivered to the target sites.

The aim of this special issue is to highlight recent progresses and development of drug delivery system, especially smart materials such as stimuli responsive materials to improve therapeutic efficacy. Researchers are welcome to contribute with their original research articles, and reviews with the most recent developments in the field of drug delivery systems.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Stimuli responsive hydrogels for drug delivery
  • Nanomaterials (e.g., nanoneedles) for drug delivery
  • Bioresponsive delivery systems
  • Theranostics
  • Emerging technologies for drug delivery systems

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 8 June 2018
Publication DateOctober 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Jinku Kim, Hongik University, Sejong, Republic of Korea

Guest Editors

  • Min Lee, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Hee Seok Yang, Dankook University, Cheonan, Republic of Korea
  • Se Haeng Oh, Dankook University, Cheonan, Republic of Korea