Biomimetic Materials Used to Increase the Quality of Life

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineralogical Crystallography and Biomineralization".

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Laboratory of Functional Dyes and Related Materials, National Institute for Research and Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry, ICECHIM, 060021 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: dyes; organic synthesis; hybrid materials; smart textile; coatings; luminescent materials; nanomaterials
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Laboratory of Functional Dyes and Related Materials, National Institute for Research and Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry, 060021 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: hybrid materials; functional dyes; daylight photocatalytic systems; photo- and thermochromic materials; sol–gel processes; nanomaterials; thin films and nanotechnology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue, “Biomimetic Materials Used to Increase the Quality of Life”, is being launched with the aim of collecting and disseminating original, theoretical and applied scientific research in various fields concerning the use of hybrid and nanocomposite bioinspired materials.

Humans have always been inspired by Nature because within it they found the best models of the adaptation and functioning of living systems to the living conditions of the Earth. With the advancement of research technologies to image and investigate objects smaller scale, it has become possible to study microorganisms in such detail that the knowledge accumulated about them makes it possible, through imitation or "symbiosynthesis" with them, to obtain new materials.

Composite materials used in construction, obtained through the biomineralization of calcium carbonates or phosphates, represent perhaps the greatest advancement in development. In recent years, however, the results of research in interconnected fields such as biology, physics, chemistry, medicine and geology have made possible the creation of new nanocomposite materials with applicability especially in the medical field of hard-tissue reconstruction. In this way, composite nanomaterials have been obtained on inorganic scaffolds of calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, silica, iron oxides, or metal sulfides combined with organic structures such as proteins, lipids, or polymeric additives in order to obtain new materials with specific properties. However, their applications are not limited to regenerative medicine; Bio-inspired nanomaterials are used in the reconditioning and preservation of cultural heritage and in water depollution. Further, other fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, depollution of the atmossphere, as well as energy production and storage represent fields that are in full development, which need such advanced materials.

Original research and review papers that will be published in this Special Issue will cover various topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Preparative and processing techniques;
  • Structure and morphology;
  • Tailored optical properties;
  • Bioactive coatings;
  • Electrochemical sensors;
  • Self-cleaning materials;
  • Smart textiles;
  • Biomimetic materials.

Dr. Florentina Monica Raduly
Dr. Valentin Raditoiu
Dr. Radu Claudiu Fierascu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • bioinspired materials
  • organic–inorganic hybrid (nano)materials
  • biomineralization
  • X-ray diffraction
  • photoluminescence
  • infrared spectroscopy
  • electron microscopy, diffraction and spectroscopy
  • mechanical strength
  • carrier transport
  • sensors
  • medical applications
  • superhydrophobic surfaces

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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