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Frontiers in Biomedicine

Chemical engineers have been involved in the development of nanoscale buckyball carbon molecules for potential use as drug-delivery vehicles. Photo by St Stev/Flickr.

Working in tandem with medical and biomedical researchers, chemical engineers continue to play a central role in the design and development of complex, innovative devices to treat human ailments.

Many of the challenges currently being addressed in this important field involve the creation of smaller and smaller devices used to enhance medical diagnosis and treatment.

Lab on a chip

Lab on a chip assemblies are extremely small microfluidic devices. A single chip is used to perform multiple laboratory functions. Chips range in size from that of a credit card to a button or fingernail, but they are all able to carry out complex biomedical analyses. New lab-on-a-chip assemblies are being developed for an array of research, diagnostic, and genomic study applications. Learn more >>

Nanoscale structures

Two nanoscaled structures that have gained a lot of attention in recent years are now being developed as targeted drug-delivery vehicles. Polymeric dendrimers can easily encapsulate small drug molecules and are biodegradable. Fullerenes, also called buckyballs, are extremely small and highly resistant to biochemical attack within the body. Learn more >>