Special Issue "Trends of Nanomaterials in Life Sciences"


A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Greg Rorrer
School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
Website: http://oregonstate.edu/engr/rorrer/
E-Mail: gregory.rorrer@oregonstate.edu
Phone: +1 541 737 3370
Interests: biofabrication; bioinspired assembly; biominerization

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. François Baneyx
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Box 351750, Seattle, WA 98195-1750, USA
Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/baneyx/CV.html
E-Mail: baneyx@uw.edu
Phone: +1 206 685 7659
Fax: +1 206 685 3451
Interests: nanobiotechnology; protein aided nanomanufacturing; hybrid nanostructures; molecular biomimetics; organic-inorganic interface

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue of Nanomaterials will focus on the publication of studies that advance the frontiers of bionanotechnology at the intersection of nanomaterials and biological systems. The underlying theme that ties nanomaterials to the life sciences is the interface between nanomaterials and biomolecules, particularly within living organisms. Fundamental understanding of this interface has broad applications in biomedicine and materials science.

Nanomaterials—nanostructured materials and nanoparticles—commonly possess enhanced optical, electronic, or magnetic properties enabled by virtue of their nanoscale dimensions where quantum effects play a role. Nanomaterials include metallic, metal oxide, organic and polymer nanoparticles or nanocrystals, as well as their composites or inorganic-organic hybrids; nanostructured thin films, membranes, photonic crystals and porous materials; and nanostructured carbon (nanotubes, graphene). Biomolecules, which can also be nanostructured, include proteins, peptides, DNA and nucleic acids and oligomers, and lipids. Synergistic interaction of nanomaterials with biomolecules, either alone or in living systems, enables a host of applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Functionalization of nanomaterials with biomolecules that results in hybrid materials with enhanced properties;
  • Fundamental study of the bio/nanomaterial interface, including new surface analytical techniques;
  • Biosensing, bio-imaging, and targeted drug delivery enabled by new nanomaterials;
  • Engineered and purposeful interactions of functional nanomaterials with living cells & tissues, particularly for applications in biomedicine;
  • Synthesis and hierarchical assembly of new nanomaterials enabled by biomolecules, living cells, or living tissues.

Prof. Dr. Greg Rorrer
Prof. Dr. François Baneyx
Guest Editors


  • biofunctionalization of nanomaterials
  • biomolecule/nanomaterial interface
  • cellular/nanomaterial interactions
  • biomolecule-mediated nanomaterial synthesis

Published Papers (4 papers)

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Nanomaterials 2013, 3(2), 242-271; doi:10.3390/nano3020242
Received: 18 March 2013; in revised form: 23 April 2013 / Accepted: 24 April 2013 / Published: 10 May 2013
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Nanomaterials 2013, 3(1), 86-106; doi:10.3390/nano3010086
Received: 10 December 2012; in revised form: 21 January 2013 / Accepted: 25 January 2013 / Published: 31 January 2013
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Nanomaterials 2012, 2(3), 275-285; doi:10.3390/nano2030275
Received: 18 June 2012; in revised form: 8 August 2012 / Accepted: 20 August 2012 / Published: 31 August 2012
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Nanomaterials 2012, 2(3), 217-250; doi:10.3390/nano2030217
Received: 12 June 2012; in revised form: 19 July 2012 / Accepted: 20 July 2012 / Published: 6 August 2012
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Last update: 4 March 2014

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