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Hydrogel and Nanogel for Medical Applications

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 105

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Department of Biomedical Sciences, Korea Stem Cell Research Institute, College of Medicine, Korea Universty, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul 136-701, Republic of Korea
Interests: mechanobiology; bioresponsive nanomaterial; artificial cell; biosensing; 4D organoid
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Dear Colleagues,

Hydrogel as stimuli-responsive polymeric biomaterials have a great value in the development of biocompatible smart materials for use in drug delivery, and biological assay. Soft polymeric nanogel, which are nano-sized analogues of hydrogels, have been envisioned due to their similarity to cells and tissues, including their mechanical deformability, biocompatibility, and biodegradability. Developing novel biological responsivity of nanogels, combined with cutting-edge analytical techniques, will allow greater utilization of these microgels and the fabrication of ideal biomimetic systems. Beyond these implications, new waves in nanogel technologies are used not only to empower the materials by combining multifunctionalties, but also to create innovative characters allowing for unprecedented applications. For instance, biologically functional hydrogels enabled us to utilize polymeric materials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In other applications, nanogels with functional drug molecules facilitated the efficacy of therapeutic and saved costs and efforts. Thus, the development of advanced surface coating technology will be of great benefit to our community.

Prof. Dr. Jongseong Kim
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  • hydrogel nanoparticle
  • nanogel
  • smart biological materials
  • hydrogel drug formulation
  • nanogel based drug carrier
  • novel theraputic platform
  • nanogel based sensing
  • nanogel in medical application
  • biomimetic materials

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