Special Issue "Advanced Materials for Highly Biocompatible Hydrogel Systems"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 3350
Interests: biomaterials; tissue engineering; hydrogels; nanomedicine
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Hydrogels are three-dimensional (3D) networks based on crosslinked hydrophilic polymers. Owing to their high water content, good biocompatibility, and elasticity similar to that of native tissue, hydrogels have gained increasing attraction as promising biomaterials for mimicking the extracellular matrix and use in biomedical applications such as drug delivery and tissue engineering. Hydrogels can exhibit tunable physicochemical characteristics based on well-studied preparation methods, properties, and modification strategies. However, the lack of multifunctionality and poor mechanical properties of previously developed hydrogels may limit their application. In addition, traditional preformed hydrogels may cause considerable inconvenience to patients since they need be implanted subcutaneously. To solve this problem, injectable hydrogels have been developed that undergo a sol-to-gel transition in response to external stimuli before and after injection into the body . One of the most commonly used injectable hydrogels are thermosensitive hydrogels. These stimuli-responsive hydrogels have recently attracted much attention because they can be engineered to be responsive to external stimuli, such as temperature, pH, light, electric field, and specific chemical and molecules.
We warmly invite you to submit your recent work to this Special Issue on “Advanced Materials for Highly Biocompatible Hydrogel Systems”.
Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Synthesis of biocompatible hydrogels
- Modification of biocompatible hydrogels
- Injectable hydrogels
- Self-healing hydrogels
- Multifunctional hydrogels
- Stimuli-responsive hydrogels
- Hydrogel coatings of biomaterials
Prof. Dr. Zheng Zhao
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