Particle class

Materials

Application

Natural materials or derivatives

Chitosan Dextrane Gelatine Alginates Liposomes Starch

Drug/Gene delivery

Dendrimers

Branched polymers

Drug delivery

Fullerenes

Carbon based carriers

Photodynamics Drug delivery

Polymer carriers

Polylactic acid Poly(cyano)acrylates Polyethyleinemine Block copolymers Polycaprolactone

Drug/gene delivery

Ferrofluids

SPIONS USPIONS

Imaging (MRI)

Quantum dots

Cd/Zn-selenides

Imaging In vitro diagnostics

Various

Silica-nanoparticles Mixtures of above

Gene delivery

Table 1: Overview of nanoparticles and their applications in life sciences.