Special Issue "Polymeric Scaffolds: Design, Processing, and Biomedical Application"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Interests: polymeric biomaterials; biodegradable polymers; ROP; processing of bioresorbable polymers; polymeric scaffolds; biodegradable vascular stents
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Interests: biodegradable polymers; scaffolds for tissue engineering; polymeric micro- and nanoparticles as drug delivery systems; hydrogels; biocomposites; nanomedicine
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Nowadays, regenerative medicine and modern surgery approaches are presumably the most promising scientific activities, giving hope for our aging society to extend life expectancy and, at the same time, to improve quality of life. A combination of emerging biomedical technologies and achievements in creating new synthetic biomaterials may support the regeneration and repair of tissue or damaged organs or even whole parts of the body. Thanks to that, the ideas of many science-fiction writers are closer to being realized. Using biocompatible and biodegradable supporting structures, i.e., scaffolds or artificial matrices in conjunction with human cells, is one of major goals in the process of creating many kinds of biological substitutes intended to restore or improve tissue functions. For this reason, scaffold design and synthesis, and the selection of advanced biomaterials with tailored properties for their planned application, as well as their modeling and processing, play a key role in tissue engineering.
This Special Issue aims to highlight studies that focus on polymeric scaffolds, especially those made of synthetic polymers. The latter, particularly intentionally designed copolymers or certain polymer combinations forming blends, are thought to assure better functionality than natural polymers. The papers published in this Issue will cover topics related to the synthesis of specially tailored polymeric materials, techniques of scaffold production, and various modifications to improve physicochemical properties as well as their biomedical performance. As a part of this Issue, we also plan to publish articles on the manufacturing and use of other polymeric biodegradable scaffolds suitable for plastic and reconstructive surgery, or as temporary prostheses supporting damaged or diseased tissues, e.g., grafts and stents for cardiovascular surgery and scaffolds supporting bone and cartilage tissue regeneration. The topic of this Special Issue is particularly addressed to professionals, industrial practitioners, medicine doctors, and researchers, working in the fields of polymer chemistry, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, reconstructive surgery, or biomaterial science.
We cordially invite you to contribute original research papers or interesting reviews to this thematic Issue.
Dr. Piotr Dobrzynski
Prof. Dr. Elzbieta Pamula
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- Polymeric scaffolds in tissue engineering
- Polymeric hydrogel matrices for cell culture
- Polymeric vascular scaffolds
- Polymeric scaffolds for bone and cartilage regeneration
- Advanced polymers and composites
- Scaffold design and manufacturing
- Scaffolds for reconstructive surgery