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The 6th IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering

Plenary Lecture 3

New chemical principles of protection, separation, and delivery for pharmaceutical and biomedical


Markus Antonietti

MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Research Campus Golm, D-14424 Potsdam, Germany, e-mail:



Colloidal nanostructures have meanwhile a core place in the formulation and delivery of pharmaceuticals, but

also in more general aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

Common delivery systems are however still mostly based on classical surfactants or lipids and/or oil and

water dispersions. This is surprising as Nature in general and the animal body in special does not use these

principles. In the first part of my talk, I will therefore analyse some of the natural delivery “outperformers”

and elaborate principles which could potentially be transferred into therapeutic space. Interestingly, many of

those tricks are used in more traditional medicines.

I will then talk about block and double hydrophilic block copolymers and how we explore water-in-water

emulsions to store and transport molecules. If time allows, I will extend on the delivery in amorphous systems

and in nanoporous materials.




Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces,


Professor Markus Antonietti received his basic education in Mainz and studied at the

Gutenberg University where he also completed a PhD in chemistry. After that, he

became Professor in Marburg, and in 1993, he switched to his current position as a

Director of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. He received a number

of awards for his science, among 1997 a Honorary degree (Dr. sci. h. c.) of Clarkson

University Potsdam/New York, 2003 the Goldschmidt-Elhuyar-Award of the Real

Sociedad Espanola de Quimica, 2009 the Macro Gold Medal of the Royal Society of

Chemistry (UK). He is a Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences,

and listed in ISI as a World Top 50 cited Material Scientist, his H-Index is 77. He

published around 450 scientific publications and holds 25 patents. Beside Polymer

Science and the Chemistry of materials, he is a first hour person of nano sciences. In

recent years, he is active in the field of sustainability, raw material change and green

material science.

21 Technical Digest IEEE-NANOMED 2012

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