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Bio-based and Biodegradable Polymeric Materials for Biomedical Applications

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Evgenia Korzhikova-Vlakh, Head of Laboratory, Institute of Macromolecular Compounds of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Evgenia G. Korzhikova-Vlakh graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University (SPBU, Russia) in 2001 and then received her PhD in Polymer Chemistry in the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMC RAS) in 2005. Since 2012 she has been an Associated Professor at SPBU and since 2016 she has been a leading scientist, head of the Laboratory of Polymer materials for medicine and biotechnology of IMC RAS. Her research focuses on the development and study of polymeric materials for bioanalysis, biocatalysts, solid-phase extraction, drug delivery, and regenerative medicine. Dr. Korzhikova-Vlakh has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals indexed in WoS and Scopus (H-index = 21).

Summary

Currently, the diverse techniques such as electrospinning, hot-molding, 3D-printing, hydro- and cryogelaton, etc. can be applied for the production of polymeric materials and their composites. However, on the way to design and manufacture materials for biomedical applications, many factors such as biocompatibility, biostability or biodegradability, mechanical and other specific properties need to be considered. In this regard, bio-based and biodegradable polymers have attracted significant attention for the development of various biomaterials. In particular, bio-based polymers such as polysaccharides (cellulose nanocrystals and fibers, cellulose derivatives, xylan, heparin, chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid, alginate, carrageenan, etc.), proteins (collagen, gelatin, etc.) and aliphatic polyesters (poly(lactic acid), poly(hydroxybutyrate)s, poly(caprolactone), etc.) are widely studied for the design and development of scaffolds, drug-delivery systems, wound dressings, implants, and other biomedical materials. Chemical modification of natural polymers or preparation their physical compositions with biocompatible synthetic polymers may be a matter of choice to produce stimulus-responsive materials or materials with specific mechanical/biological properties.


The aim of the Special Issue "Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers for Biomedical Applications" is to provide an overview of recent advances in the development of various biomedical materials based on natural and biodegradable polymers.


Keywords

Biodegradable polymers, natural polymers, bio-based materials, polymer composites, scaffolds, hydrogels, electrospun materials, stimuli-responsive materials, regenerative medicine, drug delivery systems, biomedical applications

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