Special Issue "Advanced Nanomaterials and Biomaterials from Self-Assembling Peptides"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2021).
In recent decades, self-assembling peptides have attracted a great deal of attention because of their high designability and functionality. Self-assembling peptides can form various nano- and microstructures, such as fibers, tubes, rods, spheres, vesicles and capsules in organic solvent or aqueous media. These nanostructures have been widely used to construct nanodevices, organic–inorganic hybrid materials, drug delivery carriers, antibiotics, and artificial extracellular matrices.
This Special Issue will focus on the self-asssembling peptides as nanomaterials and biomaterials. New entries of self-assembling peptides with various nanostructures and properties are welcomed. The use of non-natural amino acids and chemical modification of peptides will enrich the variety of self-assembling peptides. In addition, various applications of self-assembling peptides are expected to benefit the fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology. For example, self-assembling peptides are potential scaffolds to construct hybrid nanomaterials for optical and electronic devices that involve light harvesting system. Nanostructures of self-assembling peptides have also received a great deal of attention as scaffolds for mineralization of metallic/inorganic nanomaterials including silica, hydroxyapatite, semiconductor and metal oxides. In another instance, the assembled structures of designed peptides, such as networked-nanofibers, are expected to be artificial extracellular matrices for cell culture, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Networked-nanofibers form hydrogel materials that can give similar environment to natural hydrogels composed of extracellular matrices. In addition, biomaterials fabricated from SAPs are also attractive for biomedical applications, such as drug delivery systems and antibacterial materials.
Thus, this Special Issue will widely offer recent advances in self-assembling peptides, from fundamental research to application in nanotechnology and biotechnology.
It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.
Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Tsutsumi
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