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Multifunctional Polymers from Controlled/Living Polymerization for Drug, Gene, and Cell Delivery

Call for Papers

Modern therapeutic or regenerative medicine is dependent heavily upon multifunctional polymeric biomaterials, which directly serve as drug, gene delivery vectors, or tissue engineering scaffolds to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of a variety of diseases or regenerative rate of diverse tissues. However, the translation of these polymeric biomaterials to the clinic is still plagued by their poor performance (e.g., low drug load efficiency, limited gene transfection capability, or uncontrolled cell differentiation) and safety profile. The in-depth understanding of the biomaterials-cells interactions remains elusive.

The advances in controlled/living polymerization (e.g., RAFT and ATRP) provide a versatile as well as flexible platform to develop new polymers with various compositions, structures, topologies, and functionalities for drug, gene, or cell delivery, which will also reinforce or refresh our recognition in biomaterials-cells interactions and accelerate the translation of biomaterials from bench to bedside.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that seek to develop the new generation of multifunctional polymers through controlled/living polymerization modalities for drug, gene, or cell delivery or provide new insights into the in-depth understanding between the polymer properties and cell behaviors.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • New polymer-based strategies for drug delivery
  • New polymer-based strategies for gene delivery
  • New polymer-based strategies for cell therapy
  • Polymer-cell interaction
  • New applications of traditional polymers
  • Polymer structure-function relationship
  • New controlled/living polymerization strategies
  • New characterization methodologies for polymer synthesized from controlled/living polymerization

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 23 November 2018
Publication DateApril 2019

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

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Dezhong Zhou, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Shuai Liu, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA