Special Issue "Biomimetic Polymers"


A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. João F. Mano
3B's Research Group—Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics, Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Minho, AvePark, Zona Industrial da Gandra, S. Cláudio do Barco, 4806-909 Caldas das Taipas, Guimarães, Portugal
Website: http://www.3bs.uminho.pt/users/jfmano
E-Mail: jmano@dep.uminho.pt
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Interests: tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; drug delivery systems; nanomedicine; biomaterials from biodegradable polymers and composites; biomimetics; nanobiomaterials; smart/stimuli-responsive systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For many years scientist realized that Nature offers astonishing examples for original inspiration. In particular, macromolecules found in any life form, and used as structural or functional purposes, have encouraged the development of innovative and unconventional synthetic polymeric counterparts that could be employed in many fields, including biomedicine, energy, environmental or high-performance materials. The unique properties found in polysaccharides, proteins or nucleic acids and the fundamental understanding of the origins of such behaviours have lead to the progress of the synthesis of novel macromolecular-based systems exhibiting useful properties, including self-assembling capability, stimuli-responsiveness, augmented properties (mechanical, adhesion, extreme wettability, self-healing), highly-specific bio-recognition or multifunctional character. Such materials can be also assembled at different length-scales and shapes to produce devices for multiple-applications.

Prof. Dr. João F. Mano
Guest Editor


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  • bio-inspired macromolecules
  • smart and multifunctional systems
  • self-assembly
  • soft-matter
  • bioactive and bio-instructive polymers

Published Papers (7 papers)

Polymers 2014, 6(7), 1958-1971; doi:10.3390/polym6071958
Received: 28 April 2014; in revised form: 16 June 2014 / Accepted: 23 June 2014 / Published: 9 July 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(5), 1618-1630; doi:10.3390/polym6051618
Received: 17 February 2014; in revised form: 24 April 2014 / Accepted: 12 May 2014 / Published: 23 May 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(5), 1502-1527; doi:10.3390/polym6051502
Received: 3 March 2014; in revised form: 30 April 2014 / Accepted: 3 May 2014 / Published: 20 May 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(5), 1266-1311; doi:10.3390/polym6051266
Received: 18 February 2014; in revised form: 16 April 2014 / Accepted: 23 April 2014 / Published: 30 April 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(4), 1178-1186; doi:10.3390/polym6041178
Received: 28 February 2014; in revised form: 31 March 2014 / Accepted: 10 April 2014 / Published: 17 April 2014
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Polymers 2014, 6(1), 1-11; doi:10.3390/polym6010001
Received: 11 November 2013; in revised form: 13 December 2013 / Accepted: 17 December 2013 / Published: 20 December 2013
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Polymers 2013, 5(4), 1241-1257; doi:10.3390/polym5041241
Received: 28 September 2013; in revised form: 17 October 2013 / Accepted: 25 October 2013 / Published: 11 November 2013
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Acylation of natural polymers by glucomannan acetyl esterases
Authors: Evangelos Topakas 1 and Paul Christakopoulos 2
Biotechnology Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 5 Iroon Polytechniou Str, Zografou Campous, 15700 Athens, Greece
2 Biochemical and Chemical Process Engineering, Division of Sustainable Process Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden
Abstract: The ability of a CE2 glucomannan acetyl esterase from Clostridium thermocellum to catalyze acyl transfer to various natural mono- and polysaccharides was investigated. The transesterification reactions were carried out in two-phase mixtures consisted of water/vinyl esters that were also played the role of the acyl donors. The esterase preferred the acylation of d-glucose, d-mannose and d-galactose to the corresponding n-propyl and n-butyl esters, exhibiting strict regioselectivity at O-6 position. This acylation potential was also proved successful for the decoration of various polysaccharides that contain the aforementioned sugars, such as glucomannan, galactomannan, -glucan and lichenan.

Last update: 23 May 2014

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