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Special Issue "Functionalized Biomimetic Calcium Phosphates"
A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
Prof. Elisa Boanini
Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”, via F. Selmi 2, University of Bologna, I-40126, Italy
Interests: biomaterials; biomimetic materials chemistry; bioceramics; nanocrystals; hydroxyapatite; octacalcium phosphate; metal nanoparticles; bioactive coatings; anti-infective materials
The continuously increasing number of age-related muscoskeletal disorders requires the development of suitable materials for the substitution and repair of impaired tissues. One of the most relevant requirements of a biomaterial is the ability to bond to the surrounding biological tissue, which is favored by the similarity between the synthetic and the biological materials in terms of composition, structure and morphology. This is the reason for the key role played by calcium phosphates (CaPs) in this field. The interest towards these compounds includes not only hydroxyapatite, which is the CaP most similar to the inorganic phase of bone, but also a variety of different calcium orthophosphates, such as octacalcium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate, dicalcium phosphate in the dihydrate and anhydrous forms, and tetracalcium phosphate.
The performance of CaPs as biomaterials has recently registered significant improvement thanks to innovative approaches based on biomimetic strategies, as well as to their functionalization with biological relevant ions, molecules and macromolecules, growth factors and drugs. Applications of functionalized and multi-functionalized CaPs range from coatings to bone cements, scaffolds for regenerative medicine, delivery systems for therapeutic agents.
This Special Issue is focused on the recent developments of research into the synthesis and characterization of functionalized and multi-functionalized biomimetic CaPs, as well as on their applications as biomaterials for the substitution/repair of the musculoskeletal system.
Prof. Dr. Adriana Bigi
Prof. Elisa Boanini
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- Calcium phosphates
- Bone cements
- Scaffolds for regenerative medicine
- Delivery systems