About this Research Topic
The Research Topic titled “Anisotropy in Deformable Biomaterials” will focus on the role of anisotropy on the structural and functional attributes of biomaterials. The topic will cover original ongoing research – experimental, theoretical, and numerical – on directional self-organization over different length scales, and its impact on the morphology of deformable solids, gels, and liquid phases constituted by biological membranes and interfaces, biopolymers, complex and active biofluids, liquid crystals and liquid crystal polymers, and other forms of biologically relevant self-organized matter. Particular emphasis will be given to transformation dynamics under physico-chemical cues, including but not restricted to, thermal, mechanical and hydrodynamic stresses, chemical heterogeneity, and metabolic activity. Through a rich interdisciplinary flavor, this topic will discuss anisotropy as a potential design criterion for biomaterial constructs from nanoscopic to mesoscopic length scales. Overall, “Anisotropy in Deformable Biomaterials” will provide a comprehensive collection of recent and ongoing studies that showcase the far-reaching implications of anisotropy on the morphological and functional facets of biomaterials.
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