Special Issue "Silk-Based Biomaterials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomaterials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Hanna Dams-Kozłowska
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Guest Editor
Department of Medical Biotechnology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland
Interests: silk, biomaterials, material functionalization, biomedical application of biotechnologically produced molecules, cancer treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Silk is a fascinating natural material. It combines excellent mechanical properties with good biocompatibility, biodegradability, and non-toxicity. These characteristics render silk a material for biomedical applications. Besides being present in nature as an animal product, silks can be bioengineered. Bioengineered silks consist of silk-inspired proteins encoded by synthetic genes. Genetic engineering of silk allows to design material with new characteristics or a new function. Functionalization by generating hybrid (chimeric) constructs of silk and other molecules (peptides or proteins) enables the development of materials for tailored applications. Independent of the source, silks can be processed into various morphological forms such as fibers, scaffolds, films, hydrogels, capsules, and micro- and nanospheres. Tissue engineering and regeneration, drug delivery, coatings, and diagnostics are examples of potential applications of silks in biomedicine. 

The present Special Issue on “Silk-based biomaterials” aims to discuss all aspects of silk application in biomedicine, including silk design, production, purification, characterization,modification/functionalization, processing into biomaterial, and in vitro and in vivo material characterization. In this Special Issue, we welcome full articles, short communications, or reviews to present ideas (or problems) regarding the biomedical application of silk and the control of silk properties to obtain materials suitable to perform specific functions in biomedicine. This Special Issue offers a good opportunity to researchers of different fields to consolidate the general knowledge about the recent developments in silk-based biomaterials and to highlight new challenges requiring further research.

It is our pleasure to invite submissions for this Special Issue in Materials.

Dr. Hanna Dams-Kozłowska
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Naturally Derived Silks
  • Bioengineered Silks
  • Functionalization
  • Biomedical Applications
  • Biocompatibility
  • Biodegradation
  • Scaffolds
  • Fibers
  • Films
  • Hydrogels
  • Capsules
  • Spheres
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Drug/Gene Delivery
  • Coating
  • Diagnostics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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