Special Issue "Polymer Composites for Medical Diagnosis"

A special issue of ChemEngineering (ISSN 2305-7084).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (23 May 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. James Davis

School of Engineering, Ulster University, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, UK
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Interests: Smart wound dressings; catheters; conductive polymers; conductive microneedles; electrochemical sensing; controlled drug delivery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Medical diagnostic technologies have traditionally been centralised within hospital departments but recent advances in the design of functional materials have greatly expanded the opportunities to develop systems that can be deployed at the point of care. Such technologies provide a multitude of advantages with rapid analysis and more timely interventions helping to dramatically improve patient outcomes. It is little surprise that this has led to a $23 billion dollar devices market in the US alone which, by most forecasts, is expected to grow substantially in the forthcoming years. Polymer composites lie at the heart of many of these devices and advances in the design of new materials are increasingly driving the development of new intelligent systems. Examples of emerging smart systems include: wound dressings, sutures, catheters, implants, tattoos, microneedle patches and a host of textile based wearable sensors. These seek to meet the demand of providing detailed telemetry on the patient’s condition through facilitating minimally invasive autonomous sensing and, in many cases, early warning of potential clinical complications.

A wide spectrum of new materials has emerged in recent years contributing to a diverse range of new applications that will greatly expand the diagnostic toolbox available to clinicians but which will also aid patients in the self-management of their health. These are revolutionary times in medical diagnostics and it is clear that composite research has a critical role in future healthcare planning. This Special Issue seeks to train a spotlight on polymer composites (new and re-purposed) that are helping to shape the medical/personal health diagnostics landscape. The journal welcomes high quality papers (review, perspective, communication or full research article) covering a broad spectrum of applications (hospital, clinic or community based). The main criteria is that the focus must be on polymer composites and how they influence diagnostic performance.

Prof. Dr. James Davis
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Functional materials
  • biomedical sensors
  • biosensors
  • smart systems
  • conductive polymers
  • redox polymers
  • 3D printing
  • additive manufacture
  • point of care testing
  • diagnostics
  • autonomous sensors
  • polymeric actuators
  • smart textiles
  • conductive textiles
  • wearable sensors

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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