Special Issue "Bionanotechnology and Nanobiotechnology: Biomimetics or Engineering Nature?"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dimitrios Kontziampasis
Guest Editor
Institute of Business, Industry & Leadership, University of Cumbria, Carlisle CA3 9AY, United Kingdom
Interests: surface modification; plasma nanoscience; nanobiotechnology; bionanotechnology; cryoEM; time-resolved microscopy; nanofabrication; AFM; tissue engineering; cell–surface interactions; foams; coatings; biomimetics
Dr. Maria Kitsara
Guest Editor
Sorbonne Université, Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine (IBPS), Paris, 75005, France
Interests: biomaterials; polymeric scaffolds; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; biomimetics; micro and nanofabrication; electrospinning; microfluidics; biosensors; organ on a chip

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the past few years, the fields of bionanotechnology (i.e., the use of biological species in the field of nanotechnology) and nanobiotechnology (i.e., the use of nanotechnology in aiding, controlling, and promoting desired biological functions) have emerged and separated from synthetic biology and bioengineering and are now starting to be established as independent fields. The huge interest can be exemplified by various recent Nobel Prizes in Chemistry. For bionanotechnology, a Nobel Prize for design and synthesis of molecular machines (2016) was awarded, while for nanobiotechnology, there was an award for the directed evolution of enzymes (2018). Even a characterization tool that could give high resolution information to allow us to understand the underlying mechanisms of proteins and cells was recently awarded with a Nobel Prize in cryogenic electron microscopy (2017). It is self-evident that these fields will become dominant in the next few years.

This Special Issue will bring together the latest advances in the fields of bionanotechnology and nanobiotechnology. The issue aims to highlight the challenges and obstacles underpinning these newly established fields. By understanding and identifying the hurdles and bottlenecks, it will deepen our fundamental understanding regarding physical, chemical, and biological phenomena that set the foundations of the aforementioned complex processes. Examples are cell interaction with surfaces, nanopatterns and nanoparticles, electrical and optical effects (i.e., electrical stimulation, energy storage, absorption, luminescence, and fluorescence), DNA computing, organ and tissue engineering, and biological additive manufacturing, to name a few. 

The ultimate goal of this Special Issue is to provide a state-of-the-art handbook as well as a guidance and serve as reference for researchers who are interested in the fields of nanobiotechnology and bionanotechnology. This will clarify and underpin these two fields and additionally steer future research directions as well as aid the further development of these fields. The interconnected applications are endless and extend from energy storage to targeted drug delivery, and artificial organ development to agriculture.

We invite investigators to contribute articles of original research, as well as review articles. An indicative but not exclusive list of topics is as follows:

  • Nanobiotechnology and bionanotechnology;
  • Nanobioengineering, nanobioprinting;
  • Nanofabricated scaffolds;
  • Nanobiomaterials and bionanomaterials;
  • Biomimetics;
  • Nanomedicine and nanotherapeutics;
  • Proteins as molecular machines and nanorobots;
  • Microbe and cell factories;
  • DNA origami;
  • Nanotechnology for agriculture, forestry and food;
  • Nanoelectromechanical and nanofluidic systems for biology;
  • Characterisation tools and techniques for nanobiotechnology and bionanotechnology (e.g., cryoEM, AFM, super resolution microscopy).

Dr. Dimitrios Kontziampasis
Dr. Maria Kitsara
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nanomaterials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Biomimetics
  • Nanofibrous scaffolds
  • Nanoparticles
  • Bioprinting
  • Tissue engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Organ on a chip
  • Cryogenic electron microscopy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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