About this Research Topic
Through developments in science and nanotechnology, significant progress has been made in materials science. However, progress from a biomedical perspective is still limited, and faces a large number of challenges. There are thousands of nanomaterials which have been developed, but only a very small number of them are suitable for biomedical applications, such as drug delivery, bioimaging, and tissue engineering. This is mainly due to the toxicity of the nanomaterials. In recent years the development of biocompatible and biodegradable nanomaterials has gained significant attention. This is one of the promising areas of research which is progressing, and we believe there is a great scope for researchers to explore and open new dimensions in this direction.
Nanomaterials are materials at a nanoscale level which show novel physiochemical and biological properties, different from their bulk state. There are a range of nanomaterial synthesis strategies including top-down and bottom-up techniques and they are predominantly two types; inorganic and organic. Inorganic nanomaterials are well established compared to organic nanomaterials, however, their use in biomedical applications is limited due to toxicity. Hence, biocompatible and biodegradable nanomaterials are of great interest in biomedical research such as drug delivery, bioimaging and tissue engineering.
Nanomaterials can be used as nanocarriers for drug delivery systems, delivering the drug at the site of action under a controlled and sustained release manner, as is required in the disease treatment. Nanomaterials can also be used as imaging agents to monitor drug delivery in-vivo. In tissue engineering, nanomaterials act as an interface to provide on demand support to cells, tissues, and other biological materials to re-generate the tissue or restore its function. We believe there is an emerging research area to be explored, developing nanomaterials to treat a range of diseases effectively through; designing controlled drug delivery systems, developing advanced bioimaging techniques, and designing scaffolds for a range of tissue engineering applications using nanomaterials in combination with biomaterials.
We invite the submission of Original Research, Review, Mini Review, Perspective articles on themes including, but not limited to:
• Advanced functional nanomaterials
• Nanomaterials for drug delivery applications
• Nanomaterials for bio imaging
• Nanomaterials for tissue engineering
• Nanomaterials for biomedical applications
Keywords: nanomaterials, drug delivery, biomedical, bio imaging, tissue engineering
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