Smart Hydrogels: From Rational Design to Applications (2nd Edition)

A special issue of Gels (ISSN 2310-2861). This special issue belongs to the section "Gel Processing and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2024 | Viewed by 139

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Department of Chemistry, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheba 8455902, Israel
Interests: hydrogels; self-assembly; peptide nanostructures; nanomaterials; system chemistry
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CEITE—Central European Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology, 612 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Interests: biomaterials; synthetic polymers; natural polymers; hydrogels; implantology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue on “Smart Hydrogels: From Rational Design to Applications” focuses on the fundamental aspects of and recent developments in the rational design, synthesis, characterization, self-assembly mechanism, and applications of hydrogels in the chemical and biological field.

Smart hydrogels are an important class of soft materials with a three-dimensional polymer network in which a large amount of water is entrapped. Interestingly, in the presence of physical stimuli such as heat, light, electric field, and magnetic field, and chemical stimuli such as pH, enzymes, redox, ions, etc., these smart hydrogels change their physiochemical properties, such as transparency or color, phase behavior, conductivity, and shape or rheological properties. In recent decades, smart hydrogels have been at the forefront of advanced materials because of their outstanding applications in sensors, programmable drug delivery, actuators, and tissue engineering. Smart hydrogels can be prepared by the rational design of appropriate peptide sequences, composite material with the help of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, biologically suitable polymers, collagen-like peptide (CLP), etc. In addition, the self-assembly propensity of these smart hydrogels to form nanoscale architecture plays an important role in biomedical applications.

It is incredibly important to cover all aspects of smart hydrogels in one Issue, and this Special Issue will cover a few representative examples, also including review articles of recent findings (preferably within the last 5 years) outlining the progress made in this advanced field with the aim of aiding scientists worldwide. Papers focusing on computational science related to smart hydrogels are also welcomed in this Special Issue.

Dr. Bapan Pramanik
Dr. Lucy Vojtová
Guest Editors

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  • peptides
  • polymers
  • composite materials
  • smart hydrogels
  • stimuli-responsive
  • self-assembly
  • rheological behavior
  • drug delivery
  • tissue engineering

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