PAMAM-grafted TiO2 nanotubes as novel versatile materials for drug delivery applications

Cecilia C. Torres, Cristian H. Campos, Carola Diáz, Verónica A. Jiménez, Felipe Vidal, Leonardo Guzmán, Joel B. Alderete

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PAMAM-grafted TiO2 nanotubes (PAMAM-TiO2NT) have been synthesized and evaluated as new drug nanocarriers, using curcumin (CUR), methotrexate (MTX), and silibinin (SIL) as model therapeutic compounds. TiO2NT were surface-modified using a silane coupling agent and subsequently conjugated with PAMAM dendrimer of the third generation. The characterization of PAMAM-TiO2NT nanomaterials was performed by FTIR, TEM, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, XRD, and TGA techniques, which accounted for a 2.6 wt.% of PAMAM grafting in the prepared materials. The drug loading capacity, drug release properties, and cytotoxicity of PAMAM-TiO2NT showed a significant improvement compared to pristine TiO2NT, thus revealing the promising properties of these new materials for drug delivery purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-171
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • Drug delivery
  • PAMAM dendrimers
  • Small molecule drugs
  • TiO nanotubes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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