Special Issue "Research Advances in Natural Polymer-Based Hydrogels"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.
Interests: cellulose; hydrogel; cross-linking; nanocellulose; lignin; polyssacharides; drug release
Hydrogels have tremendous potential in various applications because of their high water content, softness, flexibility, tunable physical and mechanical properties, relatively low cytotoxicity, and increased biocompatibility. The current trend in designing natural-based hydrogels is focused on improving the manufacturing process by using non-toxic cross-linking agents or safe chemical processes, and by getting products that respond to the current environmental and health concerns. There is a visible tendency to use more environmentally friendly materials for the preparation of hydrogels, and natural polymers provide promising opportunities for both fundamental and applied research.
In this regard, it is our pleasure to invite you to contribute full papers, review articles, and short communications to the upcoming Special Issue of Materials, which focuses on the recent advances and developments related to the natural polymer-based hydrogels, with particular attention to engineering and biomedical applications.
We welcome any submissions related to the three-dimensional (3D) structure of hydrogels prepared using physical or chemical cross-linking reactions, from natural polymers (such as polysaccharides and polypeptides) or composite hydrogels in different forms (microgels, nanogels, films, membranes, beads, etc.).
Recent progress on the design and synthesis of hydrogels and their properties, revealed by different complementary techniques, which offer insight into the structure–property relationships, as well as the challenges that need to be overcome in order to achieve applications in pharmaceutical and medical fields are also welcome. The smart behavior of natural polymer-based hydrogels that is displayed in response to external stimuli, such as pH, temperature, ionic strength, and so on, can also be discussed.
All of the features associated with engineering aspects related to the manufacture of natural-polymer-based hydrogels, such as the drug delivery systems, wound dressing, tissue engineering scaffolds, self-healing materials, or biosensors, are of particular interest to this Special Issue.
Dr. Diana Ciolacu
Manuscript Submission Information
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- natural polymers
- chemical cross-linking
- composite hydrogel
- drug delivery
- tissue engineering