Special Issue "Advanced Nanomaterials for Functional Tissue Engineering"
A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)
Prof. Dr. Akhilesh K. Gaharwar
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 77843, USA
Phone: +1-979 458-5540
Interests: nanomaterials; stem cells; functional tissue engineering; biomimetic materials; nanocomposites; gradient structures; protein delivery
Prof. Dr. Arghya Paul
Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA (from August 2014) Presently at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, USA
Interests: biotherapeutic medical implants; hybrid nanomaterials; regenerative medicine; engineered nano delivery systems
Engineering complex tissues that can mimic or stimulate native tissue functions hold enormous promise in treating organ failures resulting from injuries, aging, and diseases. Our inability to mimic complex tissue architectures, and to provide essential cellular microenvironments, are some of the challenges that need to be addressed to control the formation of functional tissues. Designing advanced biotherapeutic materials with controlled physical, chemical, electrical, and biological properties will therefore be beneficial for facilitating the formation of functional tissues.
Among different biomaterials, nanomaterials are one of the potential candidates they can mimic the physical, chemical, electrical, and biological properties of most biological tissues. New applications of the nanomaterials have emerged, particularly in the fields of stem cell engineering, tissue engineering, immunomodulation, cellular and molecular therapies, and cancer research. Most of these applications demand multiple functionalities from the nanomaterials and dynamic interactions between the surrounding matrices and cells. A range of innovations, in polymer chemistry, micro- and nanofabrication technologies, and biomolecular engineering, have pushed the limit for designing composite hydrogel networks with customized functionality. Recent trends also indicate significant and growing interest in developing nanomaterials for various biomedical applications.
This Special Issue seeks contributions regarding new advances in functional nanomaterials with specific emphasis on emerging biomedical applications, such as tissue engineering. In particular, contributions highlighting some of the emerging trends in designing complex nanomaterials with multiple functionalities are encouraged. We wish to publish original research or review articles in this issue mainly focusing on the following topics:
1. Biofunctional Nanomaterials for Clinical Applications
2. Polymeric Material based Drug or Gene delivery
3. Nanocomposite Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering
4. Bioactive Polymer Coatings for Biomedical Devices
5. Nanotopography and Stem Cells
Dr. Akhilesh K. Gaharwar
Dr. Arghya Paul
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