Special Issue "Smart Hydrogels for (Bio)printing Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2016)
Prof. Dr. Sandra Van Vlierberghe
Polymer Chemistry & Biomaterials Research Group, Centre of Macromolecular Chemistry, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281, S4 Bis, Ghent 9000, Belgium
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Interests: hydrogels; 3D printing; electrospinning; two-photon polymerization; proteins; polysaccharides; tissue engineering; hydrogel functionalization
Hydrogels represent a paramount biomaterial class. As they retain large amounts of water, they are potential key candidates as extra-cellular matrix mimics, with the final aim to enhance the quality of human life.
Hydrogels have been investigated for a long time and encompass synthetic polymers, biopolymers or combinations of both as building blocks. In recent years, hydrogels have successfully been taken to the next level, as various 3D (bio)printing technologies have emerged with or without embedded cells.
In the current Special Issue of Materials, we offer a platform for the above-described ground breaking science. We hope that the issue will bring new insights to the scientific community in an ever-expanding research field.
Sandra Van Vlierberghe
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- cell encapsulation;
- soft tissue regeneration.