Special Issue "Synthesis and Characterization of Nanofunctionalized Natural Hydrogels"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 7 March 2021.
Interests: biopolymers; biomaterials; hydrogels; encapsulation of active compounds; nanoparticles; controlled release; nanomaterials for biomedical applications; biodegradable polymers for active packaging
Recently, hydrogels based on natural polymers have attracted considerable interest owing to their possible applications in different fields, such as biomedical, drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. They possess nontoxicity, high biocompatibility, biodegradability and similarity with native ECM. However, natural hydrogels do not always provide the biological and physicochemical properties required, but nanofunctionalization is a promising approach to modulate their properties. Soft and hard nanoparticles can be incorporated as fillers or reinforcing agents in the matrix. Hard nanoparticles (inorganic and metallic particles, quantum dots and carbon nanotubes) facilitate the modulation of local and global mechanical properties and electrical conductivity, while soft nanoparticles (liposomes, dendrimers, polymeric micelles and nanogels) allow the level of biological factors to be sustained.
In this Special Issue, we are especially interested in works that describe nanomaterials with applications in controlled release, tissue engineering or regenerative medicine. The format of welcomed articles includes reviews, communications and full papers.
The Special Issue will cover the synthesis, preparation, characterization and applications of functionalized hydrogels.
Dr. Laura Sánchez-González
Manuscript Submission Information
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- nanomaterials for biomedical applications
- drug delivery
- controlled release
- tissue engineering