Multi-Stimuli Responsive Polymer Nanocomposites

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart and Functional Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 2395

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School of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Medical University of Bahrain, Busaiteen, Bahrain
Interests: stimuli-responsive polymers; microgels; hydrogels; nanoparticles; energy storage materials; nanomedicine; scattering methods
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Tissue Engineering Research Group-Middle East (TERG ME), School of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Medical University of Bahrain, Busaiteen, Bahrain
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Materials for Medicine Research Group, Tissue Engineering Research Group-Middle East (TERG ME), School of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Medical University of Bahrain, Busaiteen, Bahrain
Interests: nanomaterials from green resources for biomedical applications; non-linear optics; laser quenching
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Dear Colleagues,

One of the basic processes of living organisms is response to stimuli. Based on this fundamental natural process, material scientists have long been involved in the development of novel materials that respond to changes in external stimuli. Progress in medicine today relies on new systems that can detect and manage pathological events during the early stages with minimal side effects. In this respect, nanocomposites based on stimuli-responsive polymers and hydrogels have received wide research attention. Nanocomposite materials are multi-component systems that exhibit tailored properties in terms of mechanical strength and biocompatibility for a wider variety of biomedical applications, such as targeted drug delivery, tissue engineering, cell therapy, antimicrobial coatings, and cancer vaccines.

For this Special Issue, ‘Multi-Stimuli Responsive Polymer Nanocomposites”, we will consider manuscripts that deal with the synthesis of new materials, biomedical applications, and the structure–property relationship of materials.

Dr. G Roshan Deen
Prof. Dr. Michael Keogh
Dr. Fryad Zeki Henari
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Keywords

  • stimuli-responsive nanocomposites
  • hydrogels
  • nanoparticles
  • scaffolds
  • biomedical applications
  • polymer engineering

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Hydrogel- and Nanocomposite-Based Drug-Delivery Strategies in the Treatment of Vaginal Infections
by Renad AlAnsari, Bushra Hasan, G. Roshan Deen and Uwe Torsten
Polymers 2024, 16(6), 775; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym16060775 - 12 Mar 2024
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The reproductive health of women is governed by an optimal balance in the host–microbiota interaction. Depletion of the beneficial vaginal microflora caused by depletion of Lactobacillus species and increased proliferation of pathogens results in gynaecological infections. Among women of reproductive age, vaginal infections [...] Read more.
The reproductive health of women is governed by an optimal balance in the host–microbiota interaction. Depletion of the beneficial vaginal microflora caused by depletion of Lactobacillus species and increased proliferation of pathogens results in gynaecological infections. Among women of reproductive age, vaginal infections are increasingly prevalent. Attaining therapeutic efficacy using conventional formulations remains a challenge as vaginal fluids quickly remove or dilute the therapeutic formulations. Hydrogels have been widely exploited for targeted delivery of therapeutics directly into the vaginal mucus. With a careful choice of polymers (natural, synthetic, or semisynthetic), hydrogels with specific properties, such as stimuli responsiveness, antimicrobial, and muco-adhesiveness, can be tailored for higher therapeutic efficacy. In this review, the advances in hydrogel strategies for the treatment of vaginal infections are presented with emphasis on the types and properties that play a significant role in vaginal drug delivery systems. Full article
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Title: Hydrogel and Nanocomposite-based Drug Delivery Strategies in the Treatment of Vaginal Infections
Authors: G. Roshan Deen; RENAD ALANSARI; BUSHRA HASAN; UWE TORSTEN
Affiliation: Materials for Medicine Research Group, School of Medicine
Abstract: The reproductive health of women is governed by an optimal balance between the host-microbiota interaction. Depletion in the beneficial vaginal microflora caused by depletion of Lactobacillus species and increased proliferation of pathogens results in gynecological infections. Among women of reproductive age, vaginal infections are increasingly prevalent. Attaining therapeutic efficacy using conventional formulations remains a challenge as vaginal fluids quickly remove or dilute the therapeutic formulations. Hydrogels have been widely exploited for targeted delivery of therapeutics directly into the vaginal mucus. With careful choice of polymers (natural, synthetic or semi-synthetic) hydrogels with specific properties such as stimuli-responsiveness, antimicrobial, and muco-adhesiveness can be tailored for higher therapeutic efficacy. In this review, the advnances in hydrogel strategies for the treatment of vaginal infections is presented with emphasis on the types and properties that play a significant role in vaginal drug delivery systems.

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