Special Issue "Biomedical Applications of Polyesters and Related Polymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: structure of synthetic polymers; development of biodegradable polymers; study of nanocomposites; polymer physics; polymer crystallization
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Aliphatic polyesters are nowadays the most competitive biodegradable polymers commercialized to date for biomedical speciality applications. Considerable research is however still necessary in order to improve the final properties of such materials and to properly meet requirements that are continuously becoming more specific and selective. Significant efforts are therefore being focused to attain unique material properties and to address specific issues related to both biocompatibility and biodegradability. This research includes the study of the change of properties during degradation and the evaluation of long-term host responses.
The chemical modification of functionalized polyesters is a possibility to achieve better properties including hydrophilicity, biodegradation rate or bioadhesion, to attach compounds with pharmacological activity or in general target the subsequent medical treatments. The incorporation of natural α-amino acids in a polyester main chain renders new polymers with amide groups and distinctive mechanical properties through the establishment of hydrogen bonding interactions.
This Special Issue of Materials aims to discuss, collect and offer recent highlights and advances on polyesters and related polymers (e.g., poly(ester amide)s, and poly(ester urea)s) for applications in the biomedical field. To this end, progress on the development of biodegradable and biocompatible elastomers, hyperbranched polymers, functional polymers for conjugating drugs or cell signalling molecules, hydrogels, non-viral delivery vectors, scaffolds with multiple functionalities, stent coatings, and bactericidal wound dressings materials science are some of the specific topics that should be considered.
Prof. Jordi Puiggalí
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- poly(alkylene dicarboxylates)
- poly(ester amide)s
- hyperbranched polymers
- supramolecular hydrogels
- drug delivery systems