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Micro/nano additive manufacturing has the advantages of high printing accuracy, flexible structural design and rich material selection, providing an effective means for manufacturing functional products. Among them, the inherent properties of the material largely influence the performance of the product, and by choosing the right material, specific properties can be provided for different potential applications. However, traditional single polymer materials often lack specific properties, so researchers have added more functions by doping nanomaterials or active drugs, such as enhancing the electrical conductivity and biological activity of the materials. It is worth noting that uneven mixing of polymer materials with functional substances can seriously degrade the performance of the product. Therefore, in recent years, more and more scholars have paid attention to the properties and functions of composite materials prepared by micro/nano additive manufacturing technology. The related research of these micro-nano additive manufacturing materials has greatly promoted the development of modern electronic devices, micro-mechanical sensors and actuators, biomedical equipment and other fields, and has important social value.

In this Research Topic, it is hoped to broaden the selection of materials suitable for micro/nano additive manufacturing, study the influencing factors of material properties on processing technology, clarify the mechanism of composite material performance enhancement, and pay special attention to the research progress of micro/nano additive manufacturing materials in biological, electronic equipment and other fields.

Manuscripts such as Original Research, Review, Mini-review, and Perspective articles are all welcomed. Topics covered by this section, include but are not limited to:
• Use of conductive materials (liquid metals, metal nanoparticles, in-situ reactive metal inks, carbon black, carbon nanotubes) in micro/nano additive manufacturing
• Use of bioactive materials (hydroxyapatite, bioactive glasses, biopolymers, antibiotic, natural active drugs, hydrogels) in micro/nano additive manufacturing
• Use of degradable polymer and non-degradable polymer in micro/nano additive manufacturing
• New micro/nano additive manufacturing materials
• 3D printing process and functional characterization of composite materials
• Application of micro/nano additive manufacturing materials in soft sensors (pressure sensor, stretchable force sensor), flexible electronics (electronic skin)
• Application of micro/nano additive manufacturing materials in actuators
• Application of micro/nano additive manufacturing materials in tissue engineering (bone regeneration, vascular tissue engineering, wound healing, nerve regeneration, periodontal regeneration)

Keywords: Additive manufacturing, Micro/nano structure, New materials, Composite materials, Advanced functional materials


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.

Micro/nano additive manufacturing has the advantages of high printing accuracy, flexible structural design and rich material selection, providing an effective means for manufacturing functional products. Among them, the inherent properties of the material largely influence the performance of the product, and by choosing the right material, specific properties can be provided for different potential applications. However, traditional single polymer materials often lack specific properties, so researchers have added more functions by doping nanomaterials or active drugs, such as enhancing the electrical conductivity and biological activity of the materials. It is worth noting that uneven mixing of polymer materials with functional substances can seriously degrade the performance of the product. Therefore, in recent years, more and more scholars have paid attention to the properties and functions of composite materials prepared by micro/nano additive manufacturing technology. The related research of these micro-nano additive manufacturing materials has greatly promoted the development of modern electronic devices, micro-mechanical sensors and actuators, biomedical equipment and other fields, and has important social value.

In this Research Topic, it is hoped to broaden the selection of materials suitable for micro/nano additive manufacturing, study the influencing factors of material properties on processing technology, clarify the mechanism of composite material performance enhancement, and pay special attention to the research progress of micro/nano additive manufacturing materials in biological, electronic equipment and other fields.

Manuscripts such as Original Research, Review, Mini-review, and Perspective articles are all welcomed. Topics covered by this section, include but are not limited to:
• Use of conductive materials (liquid metals, metal nanoparticles, in-situ reactive metal inks, carbon black, carbon nanotubes) in micro/nano additive manufacturing
• Use of bioactive materials (hydroxyapatite, bioactive glasses, biopolymers, antibiotic, natural active drugs, hydrogels) in micro/nano additive manufacturing
• Use of degradable polymer and non-degradable polymer in micro/nano additive manufacturing
• New micro/nano additive manufacturing materials
• 3D printing process and functional characterization of composite materials
• Application of micro/nano additive manufacturing materials in soft sensors (pressure sensor, stretchable force sensor), flexible electronics (electronic skin)
• Application of micro/nano additive manufacturing materials in actuators
• Application of micro/nano additive manufacturing materials in tissue engineering (bone regeneration, vascular tissue engineering, wound healing, nerve regeneration, periodontal regeneration)

Keywords: Additive manufacturing, Micro/nano structure, New materials, Composite materials, Advanced functional materials


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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