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Special Issue "Smart Polymers for Delivery of Bioactive Molecules"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Medicinal Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Viness Pillay

Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) Research Unit, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, School of Therapeutic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Interests: biopolymers; drug delivery; nanomedicine; stimuli responsive polymers; 3D printing; monolithic matrices; translational neuromaterials; pharmaceutics
Guest Editor
Prof. Yahya E. Choonara

Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) Research Unit, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, School of Therapeutic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Interests: biomaterials; optimization, mathematical modelling; drug delivery; nanomedicine; stimuli responsive polymers; 3D printing; translational neuromaterials; pharmaceutics
Guest Editor
Dr. Pradeep Kumar

Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) Research Unit, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, School of Therapeutic Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Interests: biomaterials; drug delivery; nanomedicine; stimuli responsive polymers; regenerative medicine; tissue engineering; molecular modelling; translational neuromaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart polymers are specialized macromolecules with an ability to respond to slight changes in environmental conditions, such as pH, temperature, chemical stimuli, ionic strength, illumination, electric/magnetic stimulation, enzymes, mechanical stress, pressure, and even hydration. The stimuli-responsive and/or -reversible nature of these intelligent polymers has been employed in several biomedical applications, including bioactive delivery and regenerative medicine. Typical examples include site specific oral drug delivery (pH, ion, and enzyme), injectable depot implants (temperature, oxidative stress), or externally modulated on and off bioactive delivery (electric, magnetic, light, stress). This Special Issue will be focused on collecting state-of-the-art reviews, research articles, and concept papers highlighting latest advances in the related topics and will provide a platform for bridging the gap between new intelligent polymers and their potential application in bioactive delivery. Interesting topics covering design and synthesis of novel smart polymers, repurposing of known polymers for potential stimuli responsiveness, characterization of their engineered structures, and related molecular simulations are welcome.  

Prof. Viness Pillay
Prof. Yahya E. Choonara
Dr. Pradeep Kumar
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Stimuli responsive polymers
  • Thermo-sensitive drug delivery
  • pH-sensitive polymers for oral drug delivery
  • Shape-memory polymers
  • Smart hydrogels
  • On and off bioactive delivery
  • Electroactive gels
  • Phase separation
  • 3D printing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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