Special Issue "Natural and Biomimetic Architectures for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine"

A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021) | Viewed by 506

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Lidy Fratila-Apachitei
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Guest Editor
BioMechanical Engineering Department, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 5, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: biomaterials; regenerative medicine; topography-induced cellular responses; surface biofunctionalization of 3D printed implants; cell mechanobiology
Prof. Dr. Amir A. Zadpoor
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Guest Editor
Department of Biomechanical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime, and Materials Engineering, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Mekelweg 2, 2628CD Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: biofabrication and additive bio-manufacturing; mechanobiology; surface bio-functionalization; infection prevention and treatment; metamaterials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine are relatively new research fields with remarkably promising results in enhancing the health status of human beings in the future.

As developing a functional biomaterial is among the main pillars of successful engineering/regeneration of human tissues, scientists are urged to find ways to control the interactions between biological systems (e.g., cells) and biomaterials. Over millions of years, a wide variety of biological materials have evolved in nature, possessing optimized distinct functions, ranging from the extracellular matrix (ECM) for structural and biochemical support of cells to the lotus leaf with special wettability for self-cleaning properties. The hierarchical structures of gecko’s foot skin yield reversible adhesion to the surfaces and nanopatterns covering the cicada’s wing make it bactericidal.

Identifying the properties of such naturally occurring systems and understanding the underlying mechanisms by which they regulate organisms’ response is of high importance for the development of synthetic analogues. Accordingly, this Special Issue aims to cover the latest advancements in the design, biofabrication, and application of natural and/or nature-inspired architectures in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine in the form of letters, reviews, and original research articles. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Natural/nature-inspired self-cleaning or antifouling surfaces;
  • Naturally occurring bactericidal surfaces;
  • Regenerative architectures (ECM) inspired from nature;
  • Enabling technologies for biofabrication of such structures;
  • Cell–biomaterial interactions in nature-inspired architectures.

Dr. Lidy Fratila-Apachitei
Prof. Dr. Amir A. Zadpoor
Guest Editors

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  • natural architectures
  • tissue engineering
  • regenerative medicine
  • biomimetic surfaces
  • cell–biomaterial interactions

Published Papers

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