Special Issue "Polymer Scaffolds for Biomedical Applications 2020"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: biomaterials; biopolymers; polymer synthesis; biodegradable polymers; polysaccharides; glycosaminoglycans; hydrogels; hybrid materials; tissue engineering; electrospinning; antibacterial polymers; material–cell interactions; surface modification
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Polymeric scaffolds derived from natural and synthetic sources play a crucial role in many clinical methods to repair or re-grow human tissue damaged by disease or trauma. Driven by medical progress to be able to regenerate even more complex tissues or organ components, the demands on polymer scaffold materials and manufacturing processes have also grown. Scaffolds with defined molecular structures, controlled degradation behavior, and mechanical properties that can be adapted to the respective tissue and the ability of materials to specifically interact with cells and bioactive molecules play an important role here. At the same time, powerful techniques for the production of complex and reproducible scaffold and carrier structures have been established and the surface properties of polymers adapted to the needs of the cells by means of efficient modification processes.
This Special Issue will focus on recent innovative developments with regard to the preparation of highly cytocompatible polymer materials and the establishment of high-performance manufacturing and modification processes for polymer and polymer composite scaffolds.
Topics are not limited to the above-mentioned studies but can cover all research areas concerning polymeric scaffolds for biomedical applications including transfer systems for therapeutic nucleic acids; release systems for bioactive molecules, such as growth factors to stimulate tissue regeneration; cell culture systems for organ-on-a-chip models; bio-imaging devices; or cell-based production systems for sera and vaccines.
Considering your prominent contribution in this interesting research field, I would like to cordially invite you to submit an article to this Special Issue. Full research papers, communications, and review articles are welcome.
Dr. Matthias Schnabelrauch
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- Polymeric scaffolds
- Natural and synthetic polymers
- Scaffold fabrication techniques
- Regenerative medicine
- Tissue engineering
- Additive manufacturing processes
- Nano and micro fibers
- Porous materials
- Polymer–cell interactions