Impact of nanotechnology on drug delivery

ACS Nano. 2009 Jan 27;3(1):16-20. doi: 10.1021/nn900002m.


Nanotechnology is the engineering and manufacturing of materials at the atomic and molecular scale. In its strictest definition from the National Nanotechnology Initiative, nanotechnology refers to structures roughly in the 1-100 nm size regime in at least one dimension. Despite this size restriction, nanotechnology commonly refers to structures that are up to several hundred nanometers in size and that are developed by top-down or bottom-up engineering of individual components. Herein, we focus on the application of nanotechnology to drug delivery and highlight several areas of opportunity where current and emerging nanotechnologies could enable entirely novel classes of therapeutics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Drug Carriers
  • Drug Delivery Systems*
  • Drug Design
  • Humans
  • Liposomes / chemistry
  • Models, Molecular
  • Nanoparticles / chemistry
  • Nanostructures / chemistry
  • Nanotechnology / methods*
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations


  • Drug Carriers
  • Liposomes
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations