About this Research Topic
A new generation of materials, analytical devices, diagnostic tools and treatments have been developed for their use in medical applications. As a result, the sector has benefited from improved capabilities, new functionalities, and completely new concepts and products.
Novel polymers, gel mixtures, injectable materials, graphene-based materials, nanocomposites based on carbon nanotubes, as well as polymer microfluidic components together with novel fabrication techniques such as 3D printing, are some examples that have contributed to the development of technologically advanced components for biotechnology applications: drug delivery systems, cell culture scaffolds, sensors, as well as integrated microsystems such as point-of-care testing devices (rapid analysis devices), clinical diagnostic tools, cell culture and monitoring devices and microsystems for cell or particle sorting and analysis.
This Research Topic is an effort to include the most relevant work on state-of-the-art of materials and devices for medical applications, highlighting improved performance and new functionalities. We look for new system designs and strategies and functionalization protocols. Processing methodologies on already known materials and devices bringing novel functionalities or applications are also welcome.
Keywords: new materials, medical applications, improved capabilities, novel design and fabrication strategies, novel functionalization treatments
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