Special Issue "Current Trends in Polymeric Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2022 | Viewed by 259

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Thomas Distler
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Guest Editor
Formerly: Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
Interests: biomaterials; hydrogels; protein-based biomaterials; tissue engineering; electroconductive hydrogels; 3D printing; neural regeneration; mechanobiology; complex mechanical hydrogel and tissue properties; cell–material interaction
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Dr. John G. Hardy
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Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry and Materials Science Institute, Faraday Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YB, UK
Interests: polymer synthesis; supramolecular materials; biomaterials; stimuli-responsive materials; drug delivery; tissue engineering; sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,  

Soft tissue regeneration that successfully rebuilds the complexity and function of healthy tissue is a significant challenge that has drawn the attention of researchers and clinicians worldwide. One current research focus is the generation of hydrogel-based biomaterials that interface with biological systems, tailored to trigger specific cell responses. Such hydrogels increasingly include instructive components, e.g., ligands designed to control specific cell–material interactions, immunomodulation, or properties to influence cell protein synthesis, as well as three-dimensional arrangements of multiphasic materials, with a key focus on stimuli-responsive materials.

This Special Issue aims to showcase recent studies that represent current trends in the field of hydrogels for tissue engineering, ranging from advances in chemical modifications to embed functionality, to the rise of modern fabrication techniques which serve to produce complex and ordered hydrogel structures that emulate the native cell environment. We welcome submission of communications, full papers, and reviews. Authors across the globe are invited, particularly from multidisciplinary teams of researchers in academic, government, and industry settings.

Dr. Thomas Distler
Dr. John G. Hardy
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • hydrogels
  • biomaterials
  • tissue engineering
  • 3D printing
  • functional hydrogels
  • stimuli-responsive hydrogels
  • immunomodulatory hydrogels
  • multiphasic gels
  • granular hydrogels
  • electroactive hydrogels

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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