Special Issue "Hybrid Polymer/Lipid Membranes and Thin Films"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2020).
Interests: block copolymer self-assembly; bio-inspired vesicular structures; tuning of membrane properties; polymer–lipid hybrid vesicles; rheology of complex fluids; supramolecular networks
Interests: biomolecular self-assembly; membrane biophysics; bionanotechnology; soft matter and biological physics; bottom-up synthetic biology; nanomedicine; nanotoxicology; vesicle technologies; hydrogels
In recent years, the association of lipids and in particular phospholipids with (co)polymers to design hybrid polymer–lipid membranes in the form of vesicles or thin films has been the subject of an increasing number of studies. The driving force behind this surging interest is often the design of entities that synergistically combine the benefits of each component (biofunctionality, the permeability of lipid bilayers, the mechanical stability and chemical versatility of polymer membranes), which can be exploited in applications such as controlled and targeted drug delivery, biomolecular recognition within biosensors for diagnosis, functional membranes for artificial cells, and the development of bioinspired micro/nanoreactors.
To date, relatively few studies have focused on understanding structure–property relationships between molecular parameters (nature of the lipids and copolymers used, lipid fraction, physical state and fluidity of the lipid phases) and membrane or film nanostructure. Processes for obtaining these hybrid nanostructures are another aspect that warrants further investigation. However, promising results have been reported, such as membrane protein insertion in hybrid membranes, or enhanced biodistribution through advantageous in vivo targeting mechanisms that confirm the high potential of these hybrid polymer/lipid self-assemblies.
The aim of this Special Issue of Polymers is to highlight the progress made in understanding fundamental aspects of hybrid lipid–polymer vesicles, including composition/structure/property relationships, formation protocols and mechanisms and the incorporation of additional functional components, and the potential uses of hybrid vesicles within biotechnology, biomedical, nanotechnology, and chemical applications. Experimental or theoretical original research papers that can expand our understanding of these systems and illustrate their future applications and technologies are sought.
Dr. Jean-François Le Meins
Dr. Paul Beales
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- hybrid polymer/lipid vesicles
- hybrid polymer/lipid thin films
- membrane bilayers
- membrane properties
- drug delivery
- cell mimic
- bioinspired polymer materials