Dr Ljiljana Fruk has co-authored the first comprehensive textbook on Bionanotechnology. The textbook covers all major recent developments in nanotechnology, biosensing and nanomedicine, and includes a timely look at lipid structures that feature in the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID vaccine.

International Women’s Day is being marked around the world today to raise awareness about women’s equality and to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

On this day we are proud to celebrate the recent publication of Dr Ljiljana Fruk’s new book that has been flagged as the first ever textbook to equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of the key concepts in bionanotechnology. Dr Ljiljana Fruk, Sidney Fellow and Director of Studies of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, co-authored Bionanotechnology with Dr Antonia Kerbs, a former postdoctoral researcher in Dr Fruk's group.

The textbook has been published by Cambridge University Press and coincides with the positive news of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID vaccine announcement designed with the help of lipid structures. Liposomes, nanoparticles made of the cell-membrane components, similar to the lipid particles, have been around for more than 20 years and have already found applications as nanocarriers for chemotherapeutics. The book describes these nanostructures, as well as other types of nanomaterials, and covers many other aspects of bionanotechnology, such as DNA nanostructuring, nanomaterial biofunctionalization, as well as bioinspired nanotechnology and design of nanosensors.

Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik at Queensland University of Technology noted, “The book’s vibrant composition integrating worked examples and solutions fused with highlight applications in the form of research reports, makes it equally attractive for experienced researchers as well as newcomers to the field, including undergraduate students”.

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