Special Issue "Hydrogel Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.
Interests: nanobiotechnologies; nanomedicine; microfluidics; nanomaterials; nano drug delivery systems
Interests: smart polymers and polymer-based composites; functional polymer-based composites; polymer based artificial muscles; shape memory polymers; self-healing polymers
Hydrogels are attractive materials for biomedical applications, since they present unique structures and features. Their extremely high water content allows them to mimic biological systems. Moreover, hydrogel preparation and structure may be designed in order to make them compatible with their injection in specific tissues or organs, where a specific stimulus may trigger gelation. This ability allows the adaptation of the hydrogel shape to the specific injured site. However, many physical hydrogels do not possess physicochemical characteristics that make them suitable for in situ injection because of their low mechanical strength and limited functionalities. In fact, most biomedical applications require multiple functionalities and dynamic interactions between the surrounding matrices and cells. A common approach to overcome these limitations is the introduction of selected fillers in the native structure of the hydrogel, thus obtaining composite materials. As is well known, composite material can exhibit different characteristics from its individual components. The use of appropriate fillers can allow the design of advanced hydrogel materials for tailored applications. Polymers and nanofillers are currently the most used filler materials.
Topics of interest for this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following:
- Composite hydrogels and biomedicine
- Responsive hydrogels and sensors
- Self-assembled networks
- Nano-, micro-, and macro-hydrogel structures
- Drug delivery
- Tissue engineering
Dr. Laura Chronopoulou
Dr. Yujie Chen
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