Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


Spanish Researchers will Employ Microscopic Clay Minerals to Design More Efficient and Less Toxic Drugs

University of Granada and the Spanish Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) researchers will use nanoscopic clay for the controlled release of drugs in patients, with the aim of designing more efficient and less toxic drugs. This is a pilot research study that includes CSIC and University of Granada researchers and researchers from other institutions.
This project is based on a research on the adsortion and desorption of bioactive molecules on clay mineral surface. The goal is to design and develop new nanofunctional materials of natural origin that enable the controlled release of bioactive molecules, which is more environmentally-friendly that other synthetic systems.

This interdisciplinary research study has been funded by the University of Granada Campus of International Excellence BioTic. A total of six Andalusian research groups from different scientific fields –computational modeling of clay minerals, galenic development, natural resources, environmental evaluation and in vivo studies of bioactive substances– have participated in this study. In addition, an Andalusian company specialised in microencapsulated materials has also contributed to the study.

This project was coordinated by the University of Granada professor César Viseras Iborra and the CSIC researcher Ignacio Sainz Díaz. The study embraces, among other, atomistic computational studies, the preparation and characterization of materials at microscopic level, and their application to in vivo tests.

A number of institutions and companies have contributed to this study, as the Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública, the Andalusian company LAIMAT and the Commissariat à l´Énergie Atomique in Grenoble, which are all aggregated to the CEI-BioTic.

Viseras Iborra and Sainz Díaz state that "the collaboration of scientific and technical experts will promote new collaborations in the future and will enable the development of new applications of clay minerals as the base of new nanofunctional materials".

Carlos Centeno Cuadros | alfa
Further information:

More articles from Life Sciences:

nachricht Novel mechanisms of action discovered for the skin cancer medication Imiquimod
21.10.2016 | Technische Universität München

nachricht Second research flight into zero gravity
21.10.2016 | Universität Zürich

All articles from Life Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...

Im Focus: Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...

Im Focus: Diamonds aren't forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...

Im Focus: New Products - Highlights of COMPAMED 2016

COMPAMED has become the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing. The trade fair, which takes place every November and is co-located to MEDICA in Dusseldorf, has been steadily growing over the past years and shows that medical technology remains a rapidly growing market.

In 2016, the joint pavilion by the IVAM Microtechnology Network, the Product Market “High-tech for Medical Devices”, will be located in Hall 8a again and will...

Im Focus: Ultra-thin ferroelectric material for next-generation electronics

'Ferroelectric' materials can switch between different states of electrical polarization in response to an external electric field. This flexibility means they show promise for many applications, for example in electronic devices and computer memory. Current ferroelectric materials are highly valued for their thermal and chemical stability and rapid electro-mechanical responses, but creating a material that is scalable down to the tiny sizes needed for technologies like silicon-based semiconductors (Si-based CMOS) has proven challenging.

Now, Hiroshi Funakubo and co-workers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in collaboration with researchers across Japan, have conducted experiments to...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

Agricultural Trade Developments and Potentials in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

14.10.2016 | Event News

World Health Summit – Day Three: A Call to Action

12.10.2016 | Event News

Latest News

Resolving the mystery of preeclampsia

21.10.2016 | Health and Medicine

Stanford researchers create new special-purpose computer that may someday save us billions

21.10.2016 | Information Technology

From ancient fossils to future cars

21.10.2016 | Materials Sciences

More VideoLinks >>>