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Nanostructured Aerogels as Novel Drug Delivery Systems

Dr. Zeynep Ülker-Demir

Over the past few decades, advances in “aerogel science” have provoked an increasing interest for these materials in pharmaceutical sciences for drug delivery applications. They are considered potential candidates for the encapsulation, adsorption, and delivery of various compounds owing to their large surface area, large pores, and tunable structures achieved by controlling the composition and synthesis conditions. Along with biocompatible inorganic aerogels and biodegradable organic aerogels, more complex systems such as surface functionalized aerogels, composite aerogels and layered aerogels have also been under development. Owing to their ability to increase the bioavailability of low solubility drugs, to improve both their stability and their release kinetics, there are an increasing number of studies concerning aerogels in different drug delivery applications. In this talk, the use different nanostructured aerogels for pharmaceutical applications will be presented along with different preparation and characterization techniques.

Date: 4 December 2023

Time: 10:30

Place: Faculty of Engineering - Meeting Room