Special Issue "Polymer-Based Wound Dressings"

A special issue of Pharmaceutics (ISSN 1999-4923). This special issue belongs to the section "Drug Delivery and Controlled Release".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2023 | Viewed by 40

Special Issue Editor

Department of Chemistry, University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus, Alice 5700, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Interests: polymer-based drug delivery systems; wound dressings; organic synthesis; antimalarials; anticancer; polymer-drug conjugates
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The delayed process of wound healing and skin regeneration is a major challenge in the treatment of injuries. Some known factors are responsible for delayed wound healing, such as microbial infections, underlying and immunocompromised conditions (e.g., diabetes mellitus, cancer, HIV, etc.), malnutrition, application of inappropriate wound dressings, etc. Most commercially available wound dressings also suffer from limitations such as poor antibacterial and antioxidant activity, weak mechanical performance, and an inability to provide suitable moisture for wound healing, thereby limiting their application in wound healing. A series of preclinical studies have shown that wound dressings prepared from biopolymers promote wound healing and skin regeneration. However, biopolymers exhibit poor mechanical properties and are usually combined with synthetic polymers and other classes of material to improve their mechanical properties. To further improve the biological properties of polymer-based wound dressings, these dressings are loaded with various bioactive agents, resulting in accelerated wound healing and skin regeneration. This Special Issue aims to highlight the efficacy of polymer-based wound dressings from the reported preclinical and clinical studies.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: wound dressings, antibacterial activity, anti-inflammatory efficacy, wound healing, skin regeneration, and regenerative medicine.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Blessing Atim Aderibigbe
Guest Editor

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  • polymers
  • wound dressings
  • chronic wounds
  • wound repair
  • skin regeneration
  • antibacterial activity
  • three-dimensional scaffolds
  • nanofibers
  • hydrogels
  • bioactive agents
  • films/membranes
  • microneedle array patches

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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