Special Issue "Colloids and Interfaces"

A special issue of Macromol (ISSN 2673-6209).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 2436

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Dr. Leyre Pérez-Álvarez
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Innovative Macromolecular Materials Group (Imacromat), Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU, Barrio Sarriena, s/n, 48940 Leioa, Spain
Interests: polymer science; surfaces; hydrogels; nanogels
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Dear Colleagues,

Colloids and interfacial science is a broad, interdisciplinary and important area of knowledge that plays a key role in fundamental and applied sciences. This field is of crucial importance in chemistry, physics, and biology, and consequently, it is the origin of the main phenomena that surround us in our daily life. This explains its increasing applicability on a wide range of different fields such as biomedicine, materials science, microfluidic, and industrial areas, such as cosmetics, food or pharmacy. Colloids conglomerate a wide variety of complex systems, from emulsions/microemulsions, aerosols, foams, and nanoparticle dispersions to biosystems, in which the role and the interactions at the interfaces govern the properties and final behavior of the system.

The aim of this Special Issue is to serve as a compilation of works focused on novel and advanced properties and applications of colloidal systems, surfaces, and interfaces to the development of smart and functional materials and nanomaterials, in chemistry, biology, medicine, food, pharmacy, cosmetics, energy storage, and environmental technologies.

Dr. Leyre Pérez-Álvarez
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Keywords

  • Colloidal materials
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanostructured surfaces
  • Self-Assembly
  • Adsorption
  • Interfacial processes

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Super-Adsorbent Hydrogels for Removal of Methylene Blue from Aqueous Solution: Dye Adsorption Isotherms, Kinetics, and Thermodynamic Properties
Macromol 2021, 1(4), 256-275; https://doi.org/10.3390/macromol1040018 - 19 Nov 2021
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Removal of dyes through adsorption from wastewater has gained substantial interest in recent years, especially in development of hydrogel based adsorbents, owing to their easy use and economical nature. The aim of the present study was to design a super-adsorbent hydrogel based on [...] Read more.
Removal of dyes through adsorption from wastewater has gained substantial interest in recent years, especially in development of hydrogel based adsorbents, owing to their easy use and economical nature. The aim of the present study was to design a super-adsorbent hydrogel based on sodium styrenesulfonate (NaSS) monomer for removal of dyes like methylene blue (MB). NaSS displays both an aromatic ring and strongly ionic group in its monomer structure that can enhance adsorption capacity. Poly(sodium styrenesulfonate-co-dimethylacrylamide) hydrogels were prepared by solution free radical polymerization using gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) as crosslinker, creating a highly porous, three-dimensionally crosslinked polymer network contributing to higher swelling ratios of up to 27,500%. These super-adsorbent hydrogels exhibited high adsorption capacity of 1270 mg/g for MB adsorption with above 98% removal efficiency. This is the first report for such a high adsorption capacity for dye absorbance for NaSS-based hydrogels. Additionally, the adsorption kinetics using a pseudo-first-order and the Freundlich adsorption isotherm models for multilayer, heterogeneous adsorption processes has been reported. The adsorbents’ reusability was confirmed through 4 repeated cycles of desorption-adsorption. The results discussed herein illustrate that NaSS based chemistries can be used as an efficient option for removal of organic dyes from contaminated wastewater. Full article
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Nanometric Hydroxyapatite Particles as Active Ingredient for Bioinks: A Review
Macromol 2022, 2(1), 20-29; https://doi.org/10.3390/macromol2010002 - 04 Jan 2022
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Additive manufacturing (AM), frequently cited as three-dimensional (3D) printing, is a relatively new manufacturing technique for biofabrication, also called 3D manufacture with biomaterials and cells. Recent advances in this field will facilitate further improvement of personalized healthcare solutions. In this regard, tailoring several [...] Read more.
Additive manufacturing (AM), frequently cited as three-dimensional (3D) printing, is a relatively new manufacturing technique for biofabrication, also called 3D manufacture with biomaterials and cells. Recent advances in this field will facilitate further improvement of personalized healthcare solutions. In this regard, tailoring several healthcare products such as implants, prosthetics, and in vitro models, would have been extraordinarily arduous beyond these technologies. Three-dimensional-printed structures with a multiscale porosity are very interesting manufacturing processes in order to boost the capability of composite scaffolds to generate bone tissue. The use of biomimetic hydroxyapatite as the main active ingredient for bioinks is a helpful approach to obtain these advanced materials. Thus, 3D-printed biomimetic composite designs may produce supplementary biological and physical benefits. Three-dimensional bioprinting may turn to be a bright solution for regeneration of bone tissue as it enables a proper spatio-temporal organization of cells in scaffolds. Different types of bioprinting technologies and essential parameters which rule the applicability of bioinks are discussed in this review. Special focus is made on hydroxyapatite as an active ingredient for bioinks design. The goal of such bioinks is to reduce the constraints of commonly applied treatments by enhancing osteoinduction and osteoconduction, which seems to be exceptionally promising for bone regeneration. Full article
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