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Biological and Molecular Research of Novel Biomimetic Materials 2023

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 1539

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1. Department of Chemistry, Faraday Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YB, UK
2. Materials Science Institute, Faraday Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YB, UK
Interests: polymer synthesis; supramolecular materials; biomaterials; stimuli-responsive materials; drug delivery; tissue engineering; sustainability
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Dear Colleagues,

Nature is a practically inexhaustible source of inspiration for the design of synthetic materials. Hence, “bio-inspired materials” is a practically limitless field. In this Special Issue, we will focus on applications in medicine and biotechnology, where materials interact with biological systems, tissues, cells, and microorganisms to invoke the required response in a specific application. For example, we usually do not need microorganism growth in medicine, but we often need it in biotechnology. Characteristics of bio-inspired materials which are relevant for their performance may include, but are not limited to, topographical, chemical, mechanical, and electrical properties. Due to the wide scope of bio-inspired materials, contributions relating to biomaterials, tissue engineering, and biomimetics are also welcome.

Dr. John G. Hardy
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Keywords

  • biomimetics
  • biocomposites
  • bioinspired
  • biotechnology
  • biomaterials
  • tissue engineering

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Biomimetic Diatom Biosilica and Its Potential for Biomedical Applications and Prospects: A Review
by Ki Ha Min, Dong Hyun Kim, Sol Youn and Seung Pil Pack
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2024, 25(4), 2023; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms25042023 - 07 Feb 2024
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Diatom biosilica is an important natural source of porous silica, with three-dimensional ordered and nanopatterned structures referred to as frustules. The unique features of diatom frustules, such as their high specific surface area, thermal stability, biocompatibility, and adaptable surface chemistry, render diatoms valuable [...] Read more.
Diatom biosilica is an important natural source of porous silica, with three-dimensional ordered and nanopatterned structures referred to as frustules. The unique features of diatom frustules, such as their high specific surface area, thermal stability, biocompatibility, and adaptable surface chemistry, render diatoms valuable materials for high value-added applications. These attributes make diatoms an exceptional cost-effective raw material for industrial use. The functionalization of diatom biosilica surface improves its biophysical properties and increases the potential applications. This review focuses on the potential uses of diatom biosilica including traditional approaches and recent progress in biomedical applications. Not only well-studied drug delivery systems but also promising uses on bone regeneration and wound healing are covered. Furthermore, considerable aspects and possible future directions for the use of diatom biosilica materials are proposed to develop biomedical applications and merit further exploration. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biological and Molecular Research of Novel Biomimetic Materials 2023)
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