Special Issue "Advances in Anisotropic and Smart Materials"


A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Material Sciences and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Qinghua Qin
Research School of Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
Website: http://users.cecs.anu.edu.au/~Qinghua.Qin/
E-Mail: qinghua.qin@anu.edu.au
Interests: Boundary Element Method; functional Materials and Structures; Fracture and Damage Mechanics; Biomechanics and Biomaterials; Composite Materials; Nanomaterials; Cell Biomechanics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the study of anisotropic and functional materials systems, and of their applications to biomedical engineering, has become increasingly popular. A functional material system is typically a composite matrix or hybrid of several distinct, material phases with embedded actuators and sensors, in which each phase performs a different but necessary function (such as structure, transport, logic, energy storage, noise control, damage control/self-healing, etc.) in response to stimuli. Such a system sometimes integrates sensors, actuators, and a control system so as to mimic the biological body in performing many desirable functions. These functions include synchronization with environmental changes, self-repair of damage, etc. More importantly, new state-of-the-art functional and reduced-scale materials will be hybridized into designing materials that can perform dramatic “tailorable” functions in large engineered systems. These performance-tailored structures will have the ability to change or adapt the performance or style of a structure on demand. Because of recent advances in biomaterials and nanotechnology, anisotropic and functional materials are emerging as a new interdisciplinary field that promises to provide a new level of functionality, adaptability, and tailorability for future engineered systems.

Professor Qinghua Qin
Guest Editor


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  • anisotropic materials
  • multifunctional materials
  • artificial biomaterials
  • biological nanomaterials
  • smart hydrogel system
  • piezoelectric biomaterials

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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(5), 7579-7593; doi:10.3390/ijms15057579
Received: 11 March 2014; in revised form: 15 April 2014 / Accepted: 22 April 2014 / Published: 2 May 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(4), 6412-6422; doi:10.3390/ijms15046412
Received: 24 February 2014; in revised form: 4 April 2014 / Accepted: 8 April 2014 / Published: 15 April 2014
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