Special Issue "Biopolymers and Their Applications"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Francoise Quignard

Institut Charles Gerhardt-Montpellier, Matériaux Avancés pour la Catalyse et la Santé, UMR5253 CNRS-ENSCM-UM2-UM1, 8 rue de l'Ecole Normale, 34296 Montpellier, France
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Interests: polysaccharides; aerogel; textural properties; self-assembly; chemical modification; catalysis; medical devices
Guest Editor
Dr. Eric Guibal

Institut Mines Telecom - Mines Ales, C2MA - Centre des Matériaux des Mines d'Alès, Pôle MPA - Matériaux Polymères Avancés, 6, avenue de Clavières, F30319 Alès cedex, France
Phone: +33 (0)466782734
Interests: biopolymer; physical conditioning; chemical functionalization; metal sorption; encapsulation properties; biopolymer supported catalysis; antimicrobial metal-loaded biopolymers; wastewater treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The demand for green products and environmentally friendly processes has focused the increasing attention of the research community on the use and valorization of renewable resources. Biopolymers are obvious actors of this revolution, since they substitute limited or fossil resources with materials of biological origin. Cellulose, lignin, alginate, and chitin (or their derivatives) are emblematic examples of biopolymer that are progressively gaining more importance in industrial processes; academic research trends based on these materials are following the same “blowing” growth.

The chemical and physical versatilities of these materials, which can be readily modified and shaped under different forms, are opening more and more research areas for applications in health, biological, biomedical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, environmental, agriculture, chemistry, textile, and energy applications.

The development of these themes requires the complementary contributions of fundamental knowledge (material sciences) and expertise in processing (chemical engineering). The vocation of this Special Issue “Biopolymer and their Applications” is to contribute to reinforcing this cross-sectional approach.

Bringing a better understanding of the effect of the variability of the primary resource on the characteristics of the biopolymer-based materials would help in expanding their application to industry. Harnessing the attention of readers of original and advanced new materials would fertilize this research area. Understanding the impact of structural parameters on their applied performances is also an attractive challenge for boosting their development.

We would like to invite you to contribute to this project by submitting reviews, articles, or letters. Please help make this project a success by contributing to the development of biopolymer applied research.

Dr. Francoise Quignard
Dr. Eric Guibal
Guest Editors

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  • biopolymer
  • advanced materials
  • composite materials
  • functionalized surfaces
  • structure/properties relationship
  • environmental engineering
  • cosmetic and health applications
  • fine chemistry
  • textile and agriculture aplications

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Collagen/Polyethylene Oxide Nanofibrous Membranes with Improved Hemostasis and Cytocompatibility for Wound Dressing
Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(8), 1226; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8081226
Received: 28 June 2018 / Revised: 12 July 2018 / Accepted: 16 July 2018 / Published: 26 July 2018
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As a promising agent for biomedical application, collagen has been used as a nanofiber to architecturally mimic its fibrillar structure in Extracellular Matrix (ECM); however, it has to be modified by techniques, such as crosslinking, to overcome its limitations in structural stability along [...] Read more.
As a promising agent for biomedical application, collagen has been used as a nanofiber to architecturally mimic its fibrillar structure in Extracellular Matrix (ECM); however, it has to be modified by techniques, such as crosslinking, to overcome its limitations in structural stability along with potential toxicity. Here, we prepared collagen/polyethylene oxide (PEO) nanofibrous membranes with varying crosslinking degrees and their properties, such as water stability, mechanical properties, blood clotting capacity and cytocompatibility, were studied systematically. By investigating the relationship between crosslinking degree and their properties, nanofibrous membranes with improved morphology retention, blood clotting capacity and cytocompatibility have been achieved. The result of circular dichroism measurement demonstrated that a triple helical fraction around 60.5% was retained. Moreover, the electrospun collagen/PEO at crosslinking degrees above 60.6% could maintain more than 72% of its original weight and its nanofibrous morphology under physiological conditions could be well preserved for up to 7 days. Furthermore, the crosslinked collagen/PEO membrane could provide a more friendly and suitable environment to promote cell proliferation, and about 70% of the clot can be formed in 5 min. With its superior performance in water stability, hemostasis and cytocompatibility, we anticipate that this nanofibrous membrane has great potential for wound dressing. Full article
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