Special Issue "Tissue Engineering Scaffolds"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2010).
Interests: biomaterials; bioactive glasses; composites; tissue engineering
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The design, fabrication and characterisation of innovative scaffold systems for tissue engineering are some of the most interesting topics in the science and engineering of traditional and novel biomaterials. New material concepts and related processing technologies are being directed to the development of multifunctional scaffolds (next generation scaffolds) which can have a drug delivery or biomolecular signalling function, thus providing enhanced support to cell attachment, growth and proliferation beyond the classical function as mechanical support and temporary extracellular matrix. A wide range of polymeric, ceramic and composite matrices, usually combining natural and synthetic biomaterials and biomolecules, are being developed which exhibit not only a tailored 3D porous morphology but also controlled nanostructured surfaces. The present special issue of MATERIALS will include the most recent and relevant contributions from materials scientists, cell biologists and tissue engineers, focusing on advanced biomaterial scaffold concepts for a wide range of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches.
Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini
- bioactive materials
- tissue engineering
- biodegradable polymers
- bioactive glasses
- composite materials
- porous materials