Special Issue "Smart Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 23 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Magdalena Aflori
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Guest Editor
Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi, Romania
Interests: surface modification of polymers; DC and RF plasma; biomaterials; polymer composite; chemical and morphological characterization of polymers
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleague,

Nanomaterials become “smart” when they are “responsive” to a multitude of stimuli from internal biochemical cues to environmental factors (stress, temperature, humidity, pH, ionic strength, and specific chemical analytes) or to externally applied stimuli derived from magnetic or electric fields. Those materials often exhibit dynamic and reversible changes in their critical physicochemical proprieties (i.e., a change in shape, volume, solubility, or molecular conformation, etc.), which can be repeated many times.

Novel biomaterials with enhanced performance and unique properties at the nanoscale are required in fields such as tissue engineering, immunoengineering, cancer research, immunomodulation, drug delivery systems, and antimicrobial materials. The smartness of a nanomaterial is more important if the system is highly biocompatible and poorly toxic, depending on the physico-chemical properties of the nanosystem (composition, shape, size, specific surface area, surface charge, etc.). Nowadays, the field of smart nanomaterials is dominated by polymers followed by small molecular ensembles (i.e., low molecular weight gelators, lipids, etc.), plasmonic/metallic or inorganic nanoparticles, and other building components of biological origin (i.e., RNA/DNA strands, proteins, peptides, etc.).

The development of smart nanomaterials for target applications in the biomedical field (spanning from drug delivery systems for precision medicine, targeted therapeutics, and nanomedicine to sensors and actuators and ensembles for cell therapies and tissue engineering) requires the collaboration of chemists, biologists, physicists, pharmacologists, and physicians, who, in most cases, have different objectives. Therefore, we invite all those working in these fields to contribute (full papers, communications, and reviews) to this Special Issue entitled “Smart Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications”. This Special Issue represents a good opportunity for researchers to put together different aspects of their work, from materials science to biomolecular design, engineering, and medical physics.

Dr. Magdalena Aflori
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • biomimetic nanomaterials
  • nanocarriers
  • nanoporous materials
  • nanocomposite materials
  • hydrogels
  • biocompatibility
  • surface modifications
  • Metallic nanoparticles
  • biopolymers
  • stimuli responsive

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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