Special Issue "Responsive Polymers for Drug Delivery, Imaging and Theranostic Functions"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2016).
Interests: responsive polymers; supramolecular functional materials; polymer chemistry; biomaterials; chemosensors and biosensors; kinetics in complex fluids
Interests: stimuli-responsive polymers; supramolecular functional materials; hybrid nanomaterials; chemosensors and biosensors; imaging and theranostic agents
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Similar to living systems that can nonlinearly respond to external applied stimuli/signals, responsive polymers can undergo drastic changes in chemical and (or) physical properties to adapt to the surrounding environment which made them unique materials for a wide of applications including drug delivery, imaging, theranostic agents, tissue engineering, self-healing/shape-memory materials, as well as smart coatings and textiles. Notably, despite tremendous achievements, emerging outcomes have continuously bloomed from ever-increasing understanding of delicate polymer synthesis, advanced characterization techniques, and versatile functional integrations of responsive polymers.
This Specific Issue entitled “Responsive Polymers for Drug Delivery, Imaging and Theranostic Functions” will cover the recent development of responsive polymers ranging from precise design and synthesis, controlled self-assembly, and functional applications, particularly in the fields of drug and gene delivery, imaging, and theranostics. However, topics may also encompass other fundamental fields, such as kinetic transitions of responsive polymers in equilibrium and non-equilibrium states and theoretical elucidation of responsive behavior and underlying mechanisms. Contributions from both original research studies and comprehensive reviews are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Shiyong Liu
Prof. Dr. Jinming Hu
Prof. Dr. Ravin Narain
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- supramolecular assemblies
- functional applications
- biomedical and biomimetic materials
- drug and gene delivery
- therapeutic agents
- imaging and theranostic agents
- self-healing materials
- shape-memory polymers
- chemosensors and biosensors