About this Research Topic
Renewable biopolymers have attracted an increased attention from the research community mainly due to their promising advantages compared to more traditional materials based on metals, ceramics, and synthetic polymers. Biopolymers are often biocompatible, biodegradable, eco-friendly, as well as are obtained from low-energy intensive, cheaper, and greener routes. Derived from plants, lignocellulosic biomass (e.g., lignin, hemicelluloses, and cellulose) is one example of biopolymers, and it represents the most promising class of renewable carbon-containing resource on Earth. Although cellulose has been widely used for different purposes, lignin and hemicelluloses are still poorly exploited as building blocks for the development of nanostructures for health sciences.
Therefore, the main aim of this special issue is to provide insightful recent research trends and outlooks on emerging strategies to develop new lignocellulosic nanomaterials, taking advantage of such underexploited materials. Furthermore, we aim to emphasize the application of these nanomaterials for health sciences.
The scope of this research topic covers state-of-the-art synthesis and development of lignocellulosic materials for biomedical applications. This research topic welcomes Original Research, Review, and Mini-Reviews papers, with special interest on the following subthemes:
• Emerging trends on the development and valorization of lignocellulosic materials (e.g., lignin, cellulose, and hemicelluloses) for health sciences.
• Extraction, modification, and hybridization of lignocellulosic nanomaterials aiming at health sciences.
• Characterization of lignocellulosic nanomaterials, in terms of physicochemical properties, biocompatibility, biodegradation, cell-biomaterial interaction studies, imaging techniques, in vitro and in vivo testing.
• Lignocellulosic nanomaterials for specific health sciences, such as antimicrobial, tissue regeneration, cancer therapy, cardiovascular, immunotherapy, gene therapy, oral delivery, wound healing, food sciences, etc…
Keywords: Lignin, Cellulose, Hemicelluloses, Nanomaterials, Health Science
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