Applications of nanodiamonds in drug delivery and catalysis

Basem Moosa, Karim Fhayli, Song Li, Khachatur Julfakyan, Alaa Ezzeddine, Niveen M. Khashab

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The interest of researchers in utilizing nanomaterials as carriers for a wide spectrum of molecules has exploded in the last two decades. Nanodiamonds are one class of carbon-based nanomaterials that have emerged as promising drug delivery vehicles and imaging probes. Their ease of functionalization also led to the generation of stimuli-responsive nanodiamonds that deliver drugs on demand in a controlled manner. The ample surface area of NDs allowed for a higher loading of not only small molecules but also macromolecules like genes and proteins. Recently, the unique surface of NDs has attracted more attention as catalyst support in a huge range of organic modification and C-C bond formation reactions. Herein, recent advances in the utilization of nanodiamonds as a drug delivery vehicle and catalytical support are highlighted and summarized to illustrate the potential and versatility of this cheap and commercially available nanomaterial. Copyright © 2014 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-343
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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