Special Issue "Catechol-Based Biomimetic Functional Materials"

A special issue of Biomimetics (ISSN 2313-7673).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Javier Saiz-Poseu

Guest Editor
Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: nanotechnology; organic chemistry; supramolecular chemistry; smart materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the appearance of life on Earth, living organisms have been evolving over millions of years in order to adapt to the changing environment. Their survival, submitted to the natural selection law, has been possible thanks to the improvement of their living functions, giving rise to highly efficient systems, from biomechanical to biomolecular ones. In this sense, many examples can be found that exhibit astonishing properties, from the body shape of sharks and their nanostructured skin, whose combination provides high hydrodynamics, to the fine framework of hemoglobin, which allows for the optimum binding, transportation, and later release of oxygen. Thus, it is not strange that the scientific community has been inspired by natural systems in their creation of highly efficient devices, so-called biomimetics. Regarding this issue, catechols found in nature have been a focus of the interest during recent decades because they can provide unique properties. For example, catechols play a key role in the complex wet adhesion phenomena of some marine organisms. This feature has inspired the development of wet adhesives, with interesting applications in biomedicine. Other catechol species are involved in the metal uptake carried out by siderophores secreted by some fungi and bacteria, whose mimicking allows for the obtaining of powerful chelators useful in water remediation. A final example is the generation of versatile catecholic coatings by oxidative polymerization, similar to the protective barriers found in some vegetables after suffering an injury.

This Special Issue aims to gather recent works focused on the obtaining of synthetic catechol-based materials inspired by natural ones. A wide range of applications will be considered, thus showing an updated view of this topic and the technological possibilities it offers.

Dr. Javier Saiz-Poseu
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • catechol
  • coatings
  • adhesives
  • hydrogels
  • water remediation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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