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Special Issue "Microfluidic-Assisted Synthesis and Modification of Polymeric Materials"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2012).
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Bioengineering, Station 15, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Interests: biomolecular hydrogels; stimuli-sensitive materials; proteolytically degradable materials; novel conjugation chemistries; materials for tissue engineering and cell culture; 2D and 3D patterning of biomaterials
The exquisite control of the dynamics of fluids at the micrometer and sub-micrometer scale in microfluidic devices has opened the door for the highly precise synthesis and modification of polymeric materials such as microparticles or biomimetic materials substrates. This special issue focuses on emerging efforts to utilize microfluidic technology in combination with polymer chemistry and physics to build advanced materials with tailor-made properties such as size, shape, elasticity, bioactivity or degradation kinetics. These systems hold great promise for biomedicine as they could overcome key materials challenges imposed by applications in drug delivery and tissue engineering.
Prof. Dr. Matthias P. Lutolf
- polymer conjugates
- drug delivery
- tissue engineering