This book represents a critical evaluation of the most recent discoveries about carbon nanotubes and includes a cautious description of their impact on personal health and environmental pollution. It also offers an overview of the main research groups around the world which have been focusing their efforts on the exploitation of this intriguing material, with the purpose of inspiring young scientists to follow their pathway.
Giorgia Pastorin received her MSc (110/110 cum laude) in pharmaceutical and chemistry technologies in 2000 and her PhD in 2004 from the University of Trieste, Italy. She then moved to France for two years of postdoctoral fellowship at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Strasbourg, where she acquired some skills in drug delivery under the supervision of Dr Alberto Bianco. She joined the National University of Singapore in June 2006 as assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy.
"This unique book comes at the right time when the scientific community and numerous organizations are divided on the potential applicability of carbon nanotubes. A concentrate of the most recent scientific discoveries written by highly recognized authors in the field. An excellent reference for inspiring scientists and students."
—Dr. Sylviane Muller, CNRS, France
"This book represents an extensive collection of the most updated studies that encourage the use of carbonbased nanostructures for biomedical applications. At the same time, the reader is cautioned about the potentially hazardous factors and the mischievous surprises associated with carbon nanotubes. This is a very interesting book, especially for young scientists seeking inspiration from the most fascinating discoveries in the field of nanotubes reported by selected research groups all over the world!"
—Prof. Hans E. Junginger, Naresuan University, Thailand
"This book offers the perspectives of both an enthusiastic acceptance of carbon nanotubes for biomedical applications and also the distrustful vision due to potential hazardous consequences deriving from their unpredictable effects. Much remains to be learned about this nanomaterial before its most effective applications and preventions of any untoward effect."
—Prof. Dusica Maysinger, McGill University, Canada