About this Research Topic
Functional scaffolds for tissue engineering place high demands on materials and exceed the passive biocompatibility requirements previously considered acceptable for biomedical implants. Along with (bio)-degradability, the activation of specific cell–material interactions and a three-dimensional environment that mimics the nanostructured components of the human body are challenges and pre-requisites for the organization of living cells for functional tissues. Several micro/nanofabrication methods have been developed to produce functional biomaterials, such as self-assembly, electrospinning, rotary-jet spinning, air-brush spinning 3-D bio-printing, and others.
This Research Topic welcomes papers related to the rational design and characterization of functional biomaterials, including hydrogels and stimuli-responsive materials.
Suggested themes may include, but are not limited to:
• New techniques for the fabrication of biomimetic materials using flexible materials
• Self-assembly of smart materials for tissue engineering purposes
• Bioprinting functional hydrogels to mimic natural tissue
• Novel polymer architectures
• Hybrid synthetic-natural hydrogels
• Smart biomaterials
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