Engineering Hydrogel for Biomedical Applications (2nd Edition)

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2024 | Viewed by 168

Special Issue Editors

E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
School of Biomedical Sciences, Hunan University, Changsha 410012, China
Interests: polypeptide self-assembly; gelation and its biomedical applications
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
Interests: biomaterials; tissue engineering; drug delivery; biofabrication; hydrogels
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are grateful to all authors, reviewers, and readers for their responses to the first Edition of our Special Issue on “Engineering Hydrogel for Biomedical Applications”. You can access these articles for free via the link:

The Special Issue on “Engineering Hydrogel for Biomedical Applications” is dedicated to the recent development of hydrogel chemistries and properties for biomedical applications including tissue engineering, drug delivery, and cell encapsulation. More than that, the advanced techniques used for hydrogel preparation will be also encouraged for discussion, such as 3D bioprinting and electrospinning to prepare structured hydrogels or techniques to fabricate microgels for drug/cell encapsulation.

Hydrogels have been widely applied in the biomedical fields given their excellent relevant physiochemical and biological properties such as hydrophilicity, biomimetic mechanics, low protein absorption, and non-toxicity. Various biomaterials containing natural and synthetic materials have been used to prepare multiple hydrogels through different crosslinking mechanisms. The practical use of hydrogels in biomedical applications requires developments in hydrogel compositions (e.g., chemistry, crosslinking, mechanics, biological cues, degradability, etc.) and hydrogel structure (e.g., porous network, nanofibrous structure, alignment, etc.). Recently, the translation of hydrogels from lab to clinic has attracted significant attention, which has accelerated the development of the biofabrication of hydrogels. Techniques such as electrospinning and 3D bioprinting have been developed to fabricate scaffolds for in vivo tissue engineering and wound healing, which shows a great potential for clinical use and commercialization.

Given that it is too challenging to include all aspects of hydrogels in one issue, this Special Issue will focus on the engineering of hydrogel chemistries and structures for biomedical applications. We look forward to the submission of new results in hydrogel research. The submission of studies relating to hydrogels for tissue engineering, cell encapsulation, drug delivery, and wound healing is appreciated.

Prof. Dr. Junfeng Shi
Dr. Fei Xu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Gels is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • hydrogel synthesis
  • hydrogel structure
  • biofabrication
  • tissue engineering
  • drug delivery
  • cell encapsulation
  • wound healing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Back to TopTop