Special Issue "Biopolymers for Medical and Pharmaceutical Applications"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.
Interests: Polymers; biomedical applications; polymer nanocomposites; acrylates; polyesters; hydrogels; scaffolds; structure/property relationships in polymers; tissue engineering
Interests: Polymers; biomedical applications; polymer nanocomposites; polyesters; scaffolds; hydrogels; spatial gradient; structure/property relationships in polymers; molecular structure
Interests: Polymers; biomedical applications; polymer nanocomposites; acrylates; scaffolds; structure/property relationships in polymers; tissue engineering; surface-protein-cell interaction; surface characterization
Polymeric biomolecules (a.k.a. biopolymers), either produced by living organisms or chemically synthesized from a biological material, have endless applications in the medical field, as culture platforms, as cell vehicles for tissue engineering strategies and drug carriers, in fixing and wound-healing devices, or testing and clinical diagnosis.
This Special Issue covers newly designed biopolymer-based systems with potential in the biomedical field and their biological development towards a targeted application. The Special Issue will collect original papers and reviews covering, but not restricted to, the following topics:
- Biopolymer design attending to particular needs (functionalization of biopolymers, cross-linking techniques; multicomponent systems, nanocomposites; modulation of relevant properties)
- Advances in conventional and novel (rapid prototyping and bioprinting) fabrication techniques of scaffolds
- Injectable hydrogels and microparticles; smart materials; biosensors
- Biopolymers for encapsulation and controlled delivery of drugs/biologically active substances
- Interaction with the biological medium (molecular, cellular or tissue responses; surface-protein-cell interaction; biocompatibility, bioactivity and hydrolysis; culture protocols and sterilization issues)
Prof. Dr. Ana Vallés-Lluch
Prof. Dr. Guillermo Vilariño-Feltrer
Prof. Dr. José Carlos Rodríguez Hernández
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. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Natural polymer
- biopolymer design
- tissue engineering
- drug delivery