Special Issue "Collagens, Collagen-Based and Collagen-Mimetic Biomaterials: Preparation, Characterization and Applications"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Andreas Stylianou
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering/University of Cyprus
Interests: atomic force microscopy—AFM; nano-biomaterials; collagen (collagen-based biomaterials, collagen-related pathological conditions, collagen characterization) cell/tissue nanomechanical properties; tumor microenvironment—TME—components; cell–biomaterial interactions; interactions between biological tissues and laser/optical radiation; novel medical imaging techniques and science ethics/bioethics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Collagens are the major proteins in the extracellular matrix (ECM) and comprise almost 30% of the total cell proteins in mammals. The superfamily of collagen in vertebrates includes over 50 collagens and collagen-like proteins that play a key role in tissue homeostasis, and they have also been implicated in a wide range of pathological conditions. The numerous biomaterials, collagen-based, and collagen-mimetic biomaterials are of great interest, because they present unique properties and have a wide range of applications in the fields of biomaterials, tissue engineering, and biomedicine, including implants, scaffolds, hydrogels, and coatings. To that regard, novel techniques and methods are emerging for the design, characterization, and development of innovative and advanced biomaterials in order to provide improved performance for specific applications.

The present Special Issue welcomes contributions in the form of full articles, short communications, or review articles on topics related to the design, synthesis, characterization, surface modification, and processing of collagen-based and collagen-mimetic biomaterials for use in different biomedical applications.

Dr. Andreas Stylianou
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Collagen
  • Collagen-based biomaterials
  • Collagen-mimetic biomaterials
  • Collagen characteristics (fibers/fibrils, D-band periodicity, orientation, diameter, etc.)
  • Scaffolds
  • Implants
  • Hydrogels
  • Three-dimensional gels
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanofibers
  • Electrospinning
  • Coatings
  • Tissue engineering
  • Biocompatibility
  • Cell–materials interactions
  • Material characterization
  • Extracellular matrices
  • Biomaterials surface characterization techniques
  • Biomaterials imaging techniques
  • Collagen-related diseases (fibrosis, desmoplasia/cancer, osteoarthritis, etc.)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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