Special Issue "Trends of Nanomaterials in Life Sciences"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2012).
Interests: biofabrication; bioinspired assembly; biominerization
This special issue of Nanomaterials will focus on the publication of studies that advance the frontiers of bionanotechnology at the intersection of nanomaterials and biological systems. The underlying theme that ties nanomaterials to the life sciences is the interface between nanomaterials and biomolecules, particularly within living organisms. Fundamental understanding of this interface has broad applications in biomedicine and materials science.
Nanomaterials—nanostructured materials and nanoparticles—commonly possess enhanced optical, electronic, or magnetic properties enabled by virtue of their nanoscale dimensions where quantum effects play a role. Nanomaterials include metallic, metal oxide, organic and polymer nanoparticles or nanocrystals, as well as their composites or inorganic-organic hybrids; nanostructured thin films, membranes, photonic crystals and porous materials; and nanostructured carbon (nanotubes, graphene). Biomolecules, which can also be nanostructured, include proteins, peptides, DNA and nucleic acids and oligomers, and lipids. Synergistic interaction of nanomaterials with biomolecules, either alone or in living systems, enables a host of applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Functionalization of nanomaterials with biomolecules that results in hybrid materials with enhanced properties;
- Fundamental study of the bio/nanomaterial interface, including new surface analytical techniques;
- Biosensing, bio-imaging, and targeted drug delivery enabled by new nanomaterials;
- Engineered and purposeful interactions of functional nanomaterials with living cells & tissues, particularly for applications in biomedicine;
- Synthesis and hierarchical assembly of new nanomaterials enabled by biomolecules, living cells, or living tissues.
Prof. Dr. Greg Rorrer
Prof. Dr. François Baneyx
- biofunctionalization of nanomaterials
- biomolecule/nanomaterial interface
- cellular/nanomaterial interactions
- biomolecule-mediated nanomaterial synthesis