About this Research Topic
The study of redox active nano materials is entering a critical phase of application. For more than ten years, a combined group of investigators with expertise in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry as well as Life Science researchers studying human health have combined to demonstrate the unique potential of redox active nanomaterials. From the earliest reports of the superoxide dismutase activity exhibited by fullerenes and cerium oxide, to more recent work on the antimicrobial activity of silver, copper and other metals and metal oxides, a broad interdisciplinary body of primary literature exists.
The use of nanomaterials in biomedical applications holds great promise, but also has limitations based on the stability and formulation chemistry needed to be approved by regulatory agencies. This challenge presents a new era in the interdisciplinary approaches that are needed for applications. This special topic edition of Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology aims to present both the challenges and some innovative new biomedical applications of redox active nanomaterials that can bridge this very difficult gap. Authors and teams of authors can combine to assess where various metals and metal oxides are in terms of their potential for clinical application, and suggest the way forward for existing and new teams of investigators to guide future research in this area.
This Research Topic will include articles that bring a narrative of expert opinion (mini review), in depth review (full review) and new and exciting results driving this field forward (primary papers). This combination will enable both an expert in the field, as well as a broader audience, to gain new knowledge about this exciting field at the intersection of so many well-established disciplines.
Dr. Self and Dr. Seal have a number of patents, both joint and individual and some of these patents have been
licensed by various entities.
Keywords: Rare earth oxides, cerium oxide, redox-active, oxidative stress, antioxidant
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