Faculty Advisor

Shivkumar, Satya


Nanostructures are emerging as a promising drug delivery paradigm, revolutionizing areas of medicine in diagnosis, imaging and treatment. Alginate nanotubes combine the therapeutic effects of alginates as natural non-toxic polyacids which are widely used in the food industry and the uptake efficiency of nanostructures as drug carriers. Cross-linked sodium alginate and calcium chloride nanotubes were fabricated by template-assisted technique. Successful production of nanotubes yielded tubes with typical diameter, length and thickness of the order of 200-300nm, 10-30181m and 60-75nm respectively. The resulting nanosystems, may potentially target specific organs thus improving the efficiency of disease treatment, economic promise of pharmaceuticals and be used in Precision Farming.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering