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Aerogels in Biomedical Applications

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The use of biomaterials has grown in the last decades fuelled by the advances in materials science, nanotechnology and tissue engineering. One of the final frontiers when facing biomaterials applications has been the achievement of adequate 3D morphologies. Biomaterials with porous structure and high surface areas are particularly interesting for biomedical applications, and AEROGELs are in a unique position to answer this challenge as lightweight nanoporous materials. Aerogel-based biomaterials can be constituted by different biopolymers, inorganic materials, and composites. AEROGELs 3D networks mimic the biological extracellular matrix, while providing a path to tailoring the final morphology and enhancing biocompatibility by promoting biological functions as cell adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation.

The accomplishment of a multilevel hierarchical structure using AEROGELs has been explored in drug delivery, the development of implantable devices, tissue engineering and biomedical imaging. The development of aerogels gathers the design of form and function that are suitable for specific goals in the biomedical field. The improvement of AEROGELs still deals with enhancing mechanical durability, reducing production costs, and extending formulations to new compositions.

The aim of this Research Topic is to highlight the most recent advances and the state-of-art in the use of aerogels in these areas.

We invite researchers working on biomedical application-tailored aerogels to submit Original Research, short communications, review and Mini Review articles, and Perspectives covering the latest studies, progress, and challenges. In this Research Topic we are looking forward to publishing the most recent advances and the state-of-art in this field, providing reference works in the design, preparation, characterization, and evaluation of AEROGELs for biomedical applications.

In this collection will aim to cover topics regarding AEROGELs in but not limited to:
• wound healing
• tissue engineering scaffolds
• bone regeneration
• drug delivery
• biomolecules immobilization


Keywords: Aerogels, drug delivery, implantable devices, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging


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.

The use of biomaterials has grown in the last decades fuelled by the advances in materials science, nanotechnology and tissue engineering. One of the final frontiers when facing biomaterials applications has been the achievement of adequate 3D morphologies. Biomaterials with porous structure and high surface areas are particularly interesting for biomedical applications, and AEROGELs are in a unique position to answer this challenge as lightweight nanoporous materials. Aerogel-based biomaterials can be constituted by different biopolymers, inorganic materials, and composites. AEROGELs 3D networks mimic the biological extracellular matrix, while providing a path to tailoring the final morphology and enhancing biocompatibility by promoting biological functions as cell adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation.

The accomplishment of a multilevel hierarchical structure using AEROGELs has been explored in drug delivery, the development of implantable devices, tissue engineering and biomedical imaging. The development of aerogels gathers the design of form and function that are suitable for specific goals in the biomedical field. The improvement of AEROGELs still deals with enhancing mechanical durability, reducing production costs, and extending formulations to new compositions.

The aim of this Research Topic is to highlight the most recent advances and the state-of-art in the use of aerogels in these areas.

We invite researchers working on biomedical application-tailored aerogels to submit Original Research, short communications, review and Mini Review articles, and Perspectives covering the latest studies, progress, and challenges. In this Research Topic we are looking forward to publishing the most recent advances and the state-of-art in this field, providing reference works in the design, preparation, characterization, and evaluation of AEROGELs for biomedical applications.

In this collection will aim to cover topics regarding AEROGELs in but not limited to:
• wound healing
• tissue engineering scaffolds
• bone regeneration
• drug delivery
• biomolecules immobilization


Keywords: Aerogels, drug delivery, implantable devices, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging


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.

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