Advances in Biomimetic Smart Hydrogels

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2024 | Viewed by 170

Special Issue Editor

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Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shenzhen, China
Interests: bioinspired materials; biomaterials; soft materials; bioinspired structures; tissue engineering; fatigue resistance; soft-matter mechanics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biomimetic smart hydrogels are functional polymer materials that exhibit characteristics that are bio-inspired by living organisms, such as responses, the recognition of, and adaptations to external stimuli. They have broad applications in the fields of biomedical engineering, flexible electronic devices, soft robotics, as well as environmentally friendly and clean energy devices. The specific roles played by different types of smart hydrogels vary depending on the application scenario. Despite being in the exploratory stage, only a limited number of commercialized smart hydrogel products have entered the market thus far. Consequently, significant efforts have been devoted to exploring diverse strategies aimed at meeting the stringent requirements and standards of practical applications.

The objective of this Special Issue of Polymers, titled “Advances in Biomimetic Smart Hydrogels”, is to compile articles that cover a wide range of interesting, yet advanced topics, including biomimetic design and fabrication, the characterization of physicochemical properties, biomimetic theoretical mechanisms, and the expansion of applications in innovative, yet challenging scenarios, etc.

The list of keywords below is not exhaustive, but it may help in preparing your submission. Please do not hesitate to go beyond it or to submit a paper whose topic is not explicitly mentioned in this list.

Prof. Dr. Xiangyu Liang
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • tough hydrogels
  • 3D/4D printing
  • tissue engineering
  • structural mechanics
  • responsive materials
  • self-recovery materials
  • medical devices
  • artificial intelligence
  • drug delivery
  • sustainable materials

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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