Special Issue "Hydrogels and Gels for Biomedical and Sustainable Applications"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 January 2019)
Dr. Miroslava Dušková-Smrčková
Department of Polymer Networks and Gels, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic,
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Interests: keywords: formation-structure-properties of polymer gels a networks—experiment&theory; hydrogels for tissue engineering; interaction of polymer gels and networks with solvents and water; polymeric coating systems; phase separation in gels and networks; application of statistical theory of branching processes; mechanical properties and viscoelasticity of polymer networks and gels
Macromolecular networks and gels, especially hydrogels, synthetic or natural, specially designed, hybrid or interpenetrating are intriguing materials which inspire researchers by their similarity to natural tissues, living matter which provides large scale of advanced functions of life. The topic of crosslinked state of matter utilized in swelling materials and devices now attracts great attention of scientific community.
The recent 82nd Prague Meeting on Macromolecules - Polymer Networks and Gels 2018 and 24th meeting of the international Polymer Networks Group brought together researchers of the large international community from both academia and industry engaged in science and technology of polymer gels and networks, both synthetic and natural. The emphasis of the conference centered on experimental and theoretical studies of the relations between the formation, chemical composition, structure, and properties of polymer networks and gels. There were many interesting lectures and poster contributions which deserve to be collected in one dedicated volume.
We therefore want to compose a special issue of the Polymers journal. The forum is open to contributions from the area of polymer networks with special emphasis on hydrogels in biomedical applications, such as their responsivity, drug delivery, tissue engineering and their structure, swelling, mechanical, and other properties. Also, contributions related to cross-linked materials for energy storage, water purification and those coming from natural renewable resources and contributing to sustainable technology and life are welcome.
The possible keywords for contributions are:
- Preparation and chemical design of hydrogels and gels
controlled polymerization methods, organic and organic-inorganic gels, micro- and nanocomposites, biopolymer gels, synthesis of hybrid systems with biopolymer motifs, physical gels, gel formation and reaction kinetics
- Gelation, gel formation, and properties
structure changes during physical and chemical gelation; static and dynamic properties, swelling behavior: equilibrium and dynamics, gel state of matter: from liquids to soft solids on time/temperature scales; simulation and modeling of build-up and properties of covalent and physical gels, structure organization, micro- and macrophase separation, constraint gels
- Hydrogels and gels at work/service
gels in life sciences, controlled drug release and targeting, responsive gels in biomedical and diagnostic applications, gel constructs, contact lenses and eye devices, networks and gels from renewable resources, crosslinked layers, coatings and thermosets, computational design of gel materials
We hope that you will find this idea of a common project of putting together a special issue of Polymers interesting and we are looking forward to your contribution!
Miroslava Dušková-Smčková and Radka Hobzová
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- hydrogels for biomedical application
- tissue engineering, interpenetrating/double network hydrogels
- hydrogels for water treatment
- hydrogels for sustaining environment
- characterization of hydrogels
- mechanical behavior
- hydrogel synthesis
- gel polyelectrolytes
- responsive hydrogels