About this Research Topic
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, had become a pandemic. It was first reported in China in late 2019 by the WHO. At the time of writing on 4 June 2020 the WHO indicates that 213 countries and territories are affected, as well as 2 international conveyances, with over 388,600 deaths worldwide. Now more than ever, it is evident that the scientific community must come together in search of solutions.
With the lives of millions of people worldwide disrupted by this infectious disease outbreak, Frontiers in Materials is joining the global scientific community in the response to the challenges of COVID-19 by proposing this Research Topic – "Covid-19: Materials Science and Engineering Challenges".
This Research Topic aims to highlight the significant contribution that materials scientists can bring to this global crisis, and we particularly welcome contributions that include, but are not limited to, the following topics and their application for addressing COVID-19 challenges:
• Mechanics of virus materials
• Materials for biosensors, such as chemical and electrochemical biosensors
• Materials for destroying COVID-19, such as catalysts and photocatalysts
• Materials for purifying air and efficient COVID-19 removal
• Rationale materials design, characterization, and design of novel biomaterials for applications such as controlled release and drug delivery systems, for biomaterials-based imaging and probes
• Manufacturing technologies for biomaterials, such as 3D printing
Due to the exceptional nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Frontiers is waiving all Article Publishing Charges for COVID-19 related research published in this collection.
Keywords: COVID-19, Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Biosensors, Biomaterials, Virus Mechanics, Drug Delivery
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.