Dr Shahzeb Khan (front row, fourth from left) pictured with UKZN staff and students.

UKZN Lecture Explores Opportunities of Commercialising Nanoparticles

Product development of nanoparticles and possibilities for their commercialisation were outlined by visiting lecturer from the University of Malakand in Pakistan, Dr Shahzeb Khan, during a public lecture he delivered on the Westville campus.

The lecture was titled: A Paradigm Shift towards Fabrication, Phase Transition and Pharmaceutical Applications of Smart Polymeric Nanocrystals: A Joint Venture of Computational and Drug Delivery Scientists.

Khan emphasised the importance of producing stable nanoparticles and addressing toxicity. ‘The most challenging part is the stabilisation of the nanoparticles,’ he said.

Using Dexibuprofen as an example, Khan showed how scientists can ‘reduce the dose of a drug while producing the same effect with nanoparticles’.

He concluded that molecular modelling was the ‘best tool to underpin and predict the many important processes for nanocrystals development’.

Hosted by the Dean and Head of the School of Health Sciences, Professor Mahmoud Soliman, the lecture was well received by the University community.

Words and photograph: Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer