Special Issue "Smart Polymers for Biomedical Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018).
Interests: Smart polymers, Biomaterials, Drug delivery
There has been a renewal of interest in controlling the “nano” structures/functions of biomolecules, and a considerable number of studies have been conducted on designing novel materials to meet these applications. Some special types of polymers, for example, have emerged as a very useful class of polymers and have their own special chemical properties and applications in various areas. These polymers are called “smart” polymers. Smart polymers have been extensively studied for more than 30 years. The characteristic feature that actually makes them smart is their ability to respond to very slight changes in the surrounding environment, such as temperature, pH, light, or certain chemicals. The uniqueness of these materials lies, not only in the fast macroscopic changes occurring in their structure, but also in these transitions being reversible. The responses are manifested as changes in one or more of the following: Shape, surface characteristics, solubility, formation of an intricate molecular assembly, sol-to-gel transition, and others. This Special Issue focuses on how to design smart polymers and how to apply them to biomedical fields.
Dr. Mitsuhiro Ebara
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- Temperature-responsive polymers
- pH-responsive polymers
- Photo-responsive polymers
- Shape-memory polymers
- Cancer therapy
- Anti-inflammatory therapy