Special Issue "Advanced Biodegradable Polymer Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering II"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2023 | Viewed by 826

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Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 011061 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: nanomaterials; drug delivery systems; biomimetic materials; biogenic calcium sources; composite scaffolds
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Department of Science and Engineereing of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Politehnica University of Bucharest, RO-011061 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: synthesis and characterization of nanobiomaterials; polymers; pharmaceutical nanotechnology; drug delivery; anti-biofilm surfaces; nanomodified surfaces; natural products
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With its multidisciplinary approach, this Special Issue aims to gather the most recent and important knowledge in top-priority scientific fields, such as health and emerging technologies. Tissue and organ regeneration are still a challenge in contemporary medical practices. There are currently numerous treatment options, which include the possibility of transplantation, mechanical devices, artificial prostheses, surgery, and drug therapy—yet when discussing massive tissue damage, a major issue is represented by the development of biodegradable scaffolds, with proper mechanical and biological properties, to create a balance between tissue resorption and formation. Apart from the biocompatibility of the implanted materials, another limitation arises from the high risk of infection associated with surgical intervention. This Special Issue will focus on modern synthesis routes and characterization techniques to design tissue regeneration materials with enhanced properties in terms of antimicrobial effect and biocompatibility requirements (e.g., 3D porous composite scaffolds with controlled release of bioactive compounds, scaffolds based on biotemplates, or naturally derived biomaterials, with the potential to mimic the native tissue).

Dr. Ionela Andreea Neacsu
Dr. Alexandru Grumezescu
Guest Editors

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  • polymers
  • scaffolds
  • composites
  • porous materials
  • wound dressings
  • 3D printing
  • biomedical applications
  • cell proliferation
  • biodegradability
  • tissue engineering

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Development of Silk Fibroin-Based Non-Crosslinking Thermosensitive Bioinks for 3D Bioprinting
Polymers 2023, 15(17), 3567; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym15173567 - 28 Aug 2023
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Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting holds great promise for tissue engineering, allowing cells to thrive in a 3D environment. However, the applicability of natural polymers such as silk fibroin (SF) in 3D bioprinting faces hurdles due to limited mechanical strength and printability. SF, derived from [...] Read more.
Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting holds great promise for tissue engineering, allowing cells to thrive in a 3D environment. However, the applicability of natural polymers such as silk fibroin (SF) in 3D bioprinting faces hurdles due to limited mechanical strength and printability. SF, derived from the silkworm Bombyx mori, is emerging as a potential bioink due to its inherent physical gelling properties. However, research on inducing thermosensitive behavior in SF-based bioinks and tailoring their mechanical properties to specific tissue requirements is notably lacking. This study addresses these gaps through the development of silk fibroin-based thermosensitive bioinks (SF-TPBs). Precise modulation of gelation time and mechanical robustness is achieved by manipulating glycerol content without recourse to cross-linkers. Chemical analysis confirms β-sheet conformation in SF-TPBs independent of glycerol concentration. Increased glycerol content improves gelation kinetics and results in rheological properties suitable for 3D printing. Overall, SF-TPBs offer promising prospects for realizing the potential of 3D bioprinting using natural polymers. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Biodegradable Polymer Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering II)
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