This new volume, Natural Polymers for Pharmaceutical Applications, Volume 1: Plant-Derived Polymers, presents some of the latest research on the applications of natural polymers in drug delivery and therapeutics for healthcare benefits. Polymers and their applications from several plants are discussed in depth, including tamarind gum, gum Arabic, natural carbohydrate polymer gum tragacanth, pectin, guar gum and its derivatives, locust bean gum, sterculia gum, okra gum, and others.
The use of the polymers derived from plants as potential pharmaceutical excipients is expanding day by day because of their stability in the biological system, drug-releasing capability, drug-targeting abilities, as well as their bioavailability.
Amit Kumar Nayak, PhD, is currently an Associate Professor at the Seemanta Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Odisha, India.
Md Saquib Hasnain, PhD, is a member of several scientific societies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry, Great Britain; International Association of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, Switzerland; and Swiss Chemical Society, Switzerland.
Dilipkumar Pal, PhD, MPharm, Chartered Chemist, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Guru Ghasidash Vishwavidyalaya (A Central University), Koni, Bilaspur, C.G., India.
Volume 1: Plant-Derived Polymers
1. Pharmaceutical Applications of Tamarind Gum
Amit Kumar Nayak et al.
2. Pharmaceutical Applications of Gum Arabic
Jian Guan and Shirui Mao
3. Recent Advances in Pharmaceutical Applications of Natural Carbohydrate Polymer Gum Tragacanth
Madhusmita Dhupal et al.
4. Application Potential of Pectin in Drug Delivery
Pritish Kumar Panda et al.
5. Guar Gum and Its Derivatives: Pharmaceutical Applications
D. Sathya Seeli and M. Prabaharan
6. Pharmaceutical Applications of Locust Bean Gum
Md Saquib Hasnain et al.
7. Pharmaceutical Applications of Sterculia Gum
Md. Nurus Sakib et al.
8. Pharmaceutical Applications of Okra Gum
Shanta Biswas et al.
9. Pharmaceutical Applications of Fenugreek Seed Gum
Dilipkumar Pal et al.
"A well-engrossed concept on application of natural plant derivatives as pharmaceutical additives. . . . The superlative collection on the application of plant derivatives in design of novel drug delivery systems, such as micro and nanoparticles, throws an insight on the useful applications of plant-derived products. I would say with a definite certitude that the book will prove to be an exemplary reference for academicians and scientist working in the field of plant-derived products for pharmaceutical applications."
- Dr. Tahir Ansari, Assistant Professor, University of Kualalumpur, Malaysia