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Special Issue "Naturally Derived Macromolecular Compounds for Biomedical, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic, and Food Applications - In Memory of Professor Federica Chiellini"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Piras
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Department of Pharmacy, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Interests: nanomedicine; drug delivery; pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical technology; polymeric biomaterials; biodegradable polymers
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Dr. Dario Puppi
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa, 56124 Pisa, Italy
Interests: biomaterials; tissue engineering; biodegradable polymers; polyhydroxyalkanoates; polymeric composites; additive manufacturing; electrospinning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In nature, macromolecules play different roles including support, storage, protection, transport, stimulation and communication among cells and microorganisms. The observation of nature and the awareness of scientists towards those functions have encouraged the growth of modern research and applicative fields, such as nanotechnology, tissue engineering, drug delivery and regenerative medicine. Additionally, industrial interest for macromolecules also covers cosmetics, food and nutraceutical applications. The described growth is aimed at improving our living conditions, respecting nature laws and the environment that surrounds us. This vision includes the extraction and use of natural macromolecules, as well as the biofunctionalization of semi-synthetic structures and their transformation into biocompatible and functional products.

This Special Issue aims to collect research contributions and critical reviews concerning naturally derived macromolecular compounds for biomedical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food applications. This Special Issue is dedicated to the memory of Professor Federica Chiellini, a truly admirable person, friend, and insatiable scientist. Federica died prematurely last March, 2021. Her studies have been a stimulus for many of us, marking the progress of research in polymers and macromolecules applications.

Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Piras
Dr. Dario Puppi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • drug delivery
  • 3D printing
  • tissue engineering
  • pharmaceutical
  • nutraceutical
  • cosmetics
  • food
  • polysaccharides
  • chitosan
  • polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • green chemistry

Published Papers

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