Special Issue "Hydrogels for Biomedical Application"
A special issue of Biomedicines (ISSN 2227-9059).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.
Interests: development and characterization of innovative polymeric biomaterials; surface modification methods; surface analysis techniques; surface composition and properties.
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Interests: tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; spectroscopy; biological characterization; composite materials; hydrogels; coatings, phytochemicals
Since the first appearance of the term hydrogel in 1984, this class of biomaterials has become increasingly more popular, particularly in recent years, as demonstrated by the exponential hike of literature on hydrogels. Over time, scientists have shaped hydrogels’ composition to match the plethora of biomedical applications in which they have been involved. Therefore, from the first hydrogels designed as soft contact lenses, biomaterials science has exploited these water-rich, 3D networks for a wide range of purposes. First, to deliver bioactive molecules, then as cell carriers for tissue regeneration. Recently, bioinks based on hydrogels are rethinking artificial tissue architecture, opening new landscapes in tissue engineering, as well as in biosensors development. Thus, beyond their traditional role of structural support (e.g., wound dressings, soft tissue fillers), hydrogels are becoming smart platforms for tissue regeneration, drug discovery, and delivery.
In this Special Issue, we would like to highlight the wide variety of hydrogel applications in biomedicine, ranging from stimuli-responsive biomaterials for regenerative medicine to smart adjuvants for the ultimate pharmaceutic formulation. This Special Issue, which will serve as an updated reference for biomaterials and pharmaceutical scientists, will collect contributions (original research articles, as well as reviews) dealing with traditional and innovative hydrogel compositions for biomedical applications. Both in vitro and in vivo studies are welcome, with the final goal of shedding light on the new frontiers of hydrogels in biomedicine.
Prof. Elvira De Giglio
Dr. Maria A. Bonifacio
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