University of Alberta
Specialty Chief Editor
A biomaterial is a substance of biological or synthetic origin to be placed in contact with a living system to perform a specific function. The biomaterial could serve as an integral part of devices intended to sense a biological response, to replace an organ or tissue function, to deliver a drug in a controlled manner or to direct a specific physiological function. Biomaterial design and development requires a thoughtful application of chemical and physical sciences, while interfacing the materials with biological and medical sciences. Engineering philosophy that emphasizes purposeful manipulation for a desired goal is an integral part of this endeavor to achieve fruitful and reproducible outcomes. Biomaterials sit at the crossroads of applied and fundamental sciences, facilitating fast translation of fundamental discoveries into real world applications, whether in a clinical arena or industrial setting.
The ‘Biomaterials’ specialty section of Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology aims to provide a peer-reviewed platform for the publication of research in the field of biomaterials with a special emphasis on structure-property-functional relationships. An in-depth evaluation of the biomaterials in biological systems, whether in vitro or in vivo, is recommended. We encourage submissions with a focus on the following areas:
• Biomaterial preparation and characterization in the context of specific applications
• Nano and Micro-particulate systems for delivery of therapeutic agents, vaccines and diagnostic agents
• Materials to be used in fabrication technologies for novel structures, nanomaterials and devices
• Biomimetic and synthetic materials for constructing functional tissue equivalents ex vivo
• Biomaterials to implement regenerative medicine for in vivo replacement of functional tissues and organs
• Novel materials to sense and/or image physiologically relevant events
• Biomaterials for medical devices
• Biocompatibility, immunological and toxicology studies related to new materials and use of materials in specific applications
• Fundamental aspects of biomaterial interactions with biological and biomedical systems including surfaces and interfaces
• New methods of characterization for biomaterialsThe ‘Biomaterials’ section encourages submission of relevant papers to our companion sections, including the ‘Biomaterials and Bio-inspired Materials’ section in Frontiers in Materials, and other sections in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology such as ‘Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine’, ‘Biosensors and Biomolecular Electronics’ and ‘Biofabrication’, if the topic of the submission is focused on the use of biomaterials in these specialized applications.
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Biomaterials welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Case Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Systematic Review, Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Biomaterials, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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