Advances in Biomimetic Design and Materials

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Biosciences and Bioengineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2024 | Viewed by 1037

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Biomaterials-Biointerfaces Group, Université de Haute-Alsace, CNRS, IS2M, UMR 7361, F-68100 Mulhouse, France
Interests: bioinspired materials; biomaterials; protein adsorption; plasma-processed materials; special wettabilities; functional polymers; surface functionalization; aerospace materials
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CNRS, Université de Haute-Alsace, IS2M, UMR 7361, F-68100 Mulhouse, France
Interests: protein auto-assemblies; biomaterials; cell fate determination

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Department of Histology and Embryology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Interests: biomaterials; oncobiology; developmental and regenerative biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nature has provided a variety of inspiration for designs and materials with outstanding physical and chemical qualities. With the help of these inspirations, we want to execute bioinspired engineering that will be advantageous to several facets of our society. As an example, different types of sensors (chemical or electronic) that are helpful in the disciplines of health and robotics are created by simulating the five basic human senses. Another illustration is the bioinspiration used in the development of photocatalytic materials from the photosynthesis of plants.

The development of bioinspired materials and designs has surged in recent years and this Special Issue aims to collect these advances. Typical topics such as biomimetics, biomimicry, biomimicry architecture, bioinspired materials, bio-inspired computing, biomimetic proteins, biomechanics and biorobotics, biomaterials, biopolymers, catalytic systems and materials, design, green chemistry, materials, nanomaterials, nature, regenerative materials, sensors, smart materials, sustainability, and other related topics are very much welcome in this Special Issue. For physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, and other scientists to collaborate and contribute to the advancements in this multidisciplinary subject, we think that this Issue will be an excellent venue.

Prof. Dr. Hernando S. Salapare III
Dr. Carole Arnold
Dr. Katia Carneiro
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Keywords

  • biomimetics
  • biomimicry
  • biomimicry architecture
  • bioinspired materials
  • bioinspired computing
  • biomimetic proteins
  • biomechanics and biorobotics
  • biomaterials
  • biopolymers
  • catalytic systems
  • design
  • green chemistry
  • materials
  • nanomaterials
  • nature
  • regenerative materials
  • sensors
  • smart materials
  • sustainability

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Lymphedema Surgical Treatment Using BioBridgeTM: A Preliminary Experience
by Maurizio Cè, Andrea Menozzi, Massimo Soresina, Denisa Giardini, Carlo Martinenghi and Michaela Cellina
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(20), 11571; https://doi.org/10.3390/app132011571 - 23 Oct 2023
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Lymphedema treatment has traditionally been based on conservative therapies. In recent years, the introduction of two microsurgical techniques—venolymphatic anastomoses and lymph-node transplantation—have revolutionized the therapeutic approach to this disease. However, these surgical techniques only provide a partial volume reduction, and thus, they require [...] Read more.
Lymphedema treatment has traditionally been based on conservative therapies. In recent years, the introduction of two microsurgical techniques—venolymphatic anastomoses and lymph-node transplantation—have revolutionized the therapeutic approach to this disease. However, these surgical techniques only provide a partial volume reduction, and thus, they require further improvement. A new device called BioBridgeTM, an implantable biocompatible and biodegradable mesh, made up of aligned nanofibrillar collagen scaffolds that mimic the collagen matrix, could significantly improve the benefits of these surgical strategies, favoring lymphatic regeneration. In this article, we describe our experience with three patients affected by primary lymphedema, two treated with a lymph-node transplant, and one with venolymphatic anastomosis. All interventions involved the placement of nanocollagen scaffolds. With each patient, non-contrast magnetic resonance lymphography was performed for surgical planning and there was an imaging and a clinical follow-up at 1 year. All patients showed a significant reduction in the affected areas with the demonstration of new lymphatic vessels at MR imaging follow-up. This was a preliminary experience, and it showed the potential benefit of positioning nonfibrillar scaffolds in combination with other microsurgical therapies for lymphedema. Full article
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