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Functionalized Smart and 3D Printable Polymer Materials for Biomedical Engineering

Call for Papers

Biomedical engineering (BME) brings huge prospect and potential for clinic patients and medical care system. All of the achievements and efforts are for improving quality of life and conquering the threat of diseases. The rapid advancement of science has made a variety of traditional medical treatments increasingly change. A growing number of novel materials, methods, and technologies are involved to promote the development of biomedical engineering. For instance, as an emerging complex tissue fabrication technique, 3D printing has shown great promise in fabricating clinically-relevant artificial tissue scaffolds with a hierarchical structure. 3D printable biomaterials play a crucial role in this innovative field. Shape memory materials (SMMs) are able to recover their original shape at the presence of the particular stimulus and are an ideal implantation material for BME. In addition, the porous-like materials (foam or hydrogel) have been noted by many researchers for tissue engineering fields. The biocompatible and biodegradable polymer based materials including synthetic and natural biopolymers have grabbed tons of researchers’ attention on BME application. In recent years, the carbon-based multifunctional materials like carbon dots, graphene, or carbon nanotubes also have been considered as the potential clinical application of diagnosis, detection, and treatment. Similarly, tunable macro/microcarriers (nanoparticle/microsphere) with controllable physiochemical properties have been focused on for many years for targeting drug, DNA, or small molecules delivery.

The aims of this special issue are to sincerely seek original research papers with high quality as well as reviews about functionalized smart polymer materials for biomedical engineering. The scope covers the preparation, design, characterization, methods, and applications of the functionalized polymer material.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • 3D printable polymer materials for tissue engineering and regeneration
  • 3D printed tissue and organ
  • Stimulus-responsive shape memory materials
  • Aerogel and porous biomaterial
  • Biomedical foam
  • Synthetic and natural biopolymer
  • Multiple-response smart hydrogel
  • Carbon-based material for biomedical application
  • Multifunctional polymer materials for clinical diagnosis, detection, and treatment
  • for targeting molecules delivery

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 23 March 2018
Publication DateAugust 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Xuan Zhou, The George Washington University, Washington, USA

Guest Editors

  • Weifen Zhang, Weifang Medical University, Weifang, China
  • Jing Li, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China
  • Nathan Castro, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia
  • Kunchi Zhang, Shanghai University of Medicine & Health Sciences, Shanghai, China