Inks for Bioprinting

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020) | Viewed by 555

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Biomimetic Materials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA
Interests: bioinspired gels; gels for stem cell delivery; self-assembled micelles for growth factor immobilization; models gels to control cell microenvironment; composite materials with structure at multiple length scales; skeletal tissue engineering
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Dear Colleagues,

Bioprinting is an emerging technology for generation of complex tissue-like structures and organ printing with gradients in microstructure, cell and growth factor composition. The printed structures are used for regeneration of injured tissues, drug screening, and toxicological studies. The bioink plays a critical role in viability of the printed cells, retention of activity of growth factors, printing resolution, fusion of droplets, and structural stability of the printed construct. Further, the resilience and stiffness of the construct is defined by functionality and gelation kinetics of the ink. Graded Constructs with respect to stiffness, growth factor composition, or porosity can be created using combination of inks with different properties. Due to their biocompatibility and tunable properties, water soluble oligomers, macromers, and polymers have generated great interest as bioinks in nozzle- as well as laser-based printers. This special issue highlights those macromers and polymers that are used as ink in bioprinting. The focus is on properties of bioinks used in tissue and organ printing. Relevant topics include theoretical and experimental investigation of fluid dynamics and rheological properties, gelation kinetics, droplet stability and fusion kinetics, mechanical properties, cell phenotypic changes and maturation in droplets undergoing fusion, and collective behavior of encapsulated cells in printed constructs. Other topics of interest include enzymatically degradable inks, bioactive inks, electroactive and conductive inks, inks for patterning, and inks for the fabrication of nanoscale devices.

Prof. Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari
Guest Editor

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  • Bioink
  • Polymer
  • Hydrogel
  • Macromer
  • Rheology
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Droplet mechanics
  • Gelation
  • Gradient structure
  • Printing resolution
  • Droplet fusion
  • Cell printing
  • Tissue printing
  • Organ printing
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Drug screening
  • Toxicology

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