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J. Funct. Biomater. 2015, 6(2), 395-397; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfb6020395

Editorial
Journal of Functional Biomaterials Best Paper Award 2015
Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche, Università della Calabria, Edificio Polifunzionale, Arcavacata di Rende (CS) 87036, Italy
Received: 5 June 2015 / Accepted: 8 June 2015 / Published: 9 June 2015
The Journal of Functional Biomaterials is instituting an annual award to recognize the outstanding papers related to materials for biomedical applications published in this journal. We are pleased to announce the first “Journal of Functional Biomaterials Best Paper Award” for 2015.
Nominations were made by the Editorial Office of Journal of Functional Biomaterials based on the citations and downloads among all the research papers published in 2014 and 2013. We are pleased to announce that the following three papers were chosen by the Prize Awarding Committee:
  • Best Paper Award
    • 1st Prize
      Victoria Leszczak, Dominique A. Baskett and Ketul C. Popat
      Smooth Muscle Cell Functionality on Collagen Immobilized Polycaprolactone Nanowire Surfaces
      J. Funct. Biomater. 2014, 5(2), 58–77; doi:10.3390/jfb5020058
      • A very comprehensive study of an important cell–material interaction that could be of wide interest to tissue engineers.”––Prof. Dr. Joachim B. Kohn
        Advanced biomaterial concepts, comprehensive characterization.”––Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini
        A very accurate biological characterization.”––Dr. Antonella Sola
        Useful study of SMC morphology and turnover on a surface of nanowires orientated vertically to the surface. Normally such structures are horizontally arrayed on the surface. More could have been done to rationalise the structure with a surface that has so many unusually deep vacant spaces. The physiological relevance of such an unusual surface is also not clear.”––Prof. Dr. Pankaj Vadgama
    • 2nd Prize
      Adel M.F. Alhalawani, Declan J. Curran, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy, Daniel Boyd and Mark R. Towler
      A Novel Glass Polyalkenoate Cement for Fixation and Stabilisation of the Ribcage, Post Sternotomy Surgery: An ex-Vivo Study
      J. Funct. Biomater. 2013, 4(4), 329–357; doi:10.3390/jfb4040329
      • The article describes an interesting result but is only of limited interest to a specialized subgroup of scientists.”––Prof. Dr. Joachim B. Kohn
        Comprehensive, scientifically sound, well written and completed by a rich bibliography.”––Dr. Antonella Sola
        Exceptionally comprehensive study of based glass polyalkenoate cements with comparison of surface, bulk and ion release properties. It has breadth and sufficient bone fixation interest to be of significance to all who work in this field. However, it tends to veer towards the descriptive rather than a mechanistic analysis.”––Prof. Dr. Pankaj Vadgama
    • 3rd Prize
      Deepen Paul, Sharmistha Paul, Nima Roohpour, Mark Wilks and Pankaj Vadgama
      Antimicrobial, Mechanical and Thermal Studies of Silver Particle-Loaded Polyurethane
      J. Funct. Biomater. 2013, 4(4), 358–375; doi:10.3390/jfb4040358
      • The article describes an interesting result but is only of limited interest to a specialized subgroup of scientists. It’s a well done study.”––Prof. Dr. Joachim B. Kohn
        Relevant, timely, well conducted study on Ag nanoparticles as part of a composite material.” ––Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini
        A step forward into the investigation of Ag use for antibacterial applications.”––Dr. Antonella Sola
These three outstanding papers are valuable contributions to the Journal of Functional Biomaterials. On behalf of the Prize Awarding Committee and the Editorial Board, we would like to congratulate these three teams for their excellent work. In recognition of their accomplishment, the corresponding authors of these three best papers, Dr. Ketul C. Popat, Dr. Mark R. Towler, Dr. Deepen Paul and Dr. Pankaj Vadgama will receive the privilege of publishing an additional paper free of charge in open access format in the Journal of Functional Biomaterials after regular peer-review procedures.
Prize Awarding Committee
Editor-in-Chief
Prof. Dr. Francesco Puoci
Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche, Università della Calabria, Edificio Polifunzionale, Arcavacata di Rende (CS) 87036, Italy
Associate Editor
Prof. Dr. Pankaj Vadgama
Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
Editorial Board Member
Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccin
Institute of Biomaterials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
Editorial Board Member
Prof. Dr. Joachim B. Kohn
The New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 145 Bevier Rd., Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
Editorial Board Member
Prof. Dr. Dusan Losic
School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
Editorial Board Member
Prof. Dr. Vladimir M. Mirsky
Faculty of Natural Sciences / Nanobiotechnology, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, 01968 Senftenberg, Germany
Editorial Board Member
Dr. Antonella Sola
Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 41125 Modena, Italy
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