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Advancement of Biopolymers in Biomedical Materials

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2023 (closed)

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Xugang Dang, Associate Professor, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, China.

Associate Professor. Xugang Dang was born in China. He graduated from Sichuan University with the degree of Master of Engineering in Leather Chemistry and Engineering in 2017. He received his Ph.D from the same University in 2020, and acted as a Joint-PhD at the Lund University, Sweden. After receiving his doctoral degree he worked at Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, where he is currently working in the College of Bioresources Chemistry and Materials Engineering. In 2020 he was conferred the title of full Associate Professor. Xugang Dang has more than 35 publications in scientific journals and conferences, including 6 patents. His current research areas are biomass-based biomedical polymer materials. He is also a reviewer for more than 15 international academic journals and reviewed more than 50 journals papers.

Meng Wai Woo, Associate Professor, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Associate Professor Woo was born in Malaysia. He graduated from the National University of Malaysia with the Ph.D in Chemical Engineering in 2010. After receiving his doctoral degree he undertook his postdoctoral training at Monash University, Australia. He was a Senior Lecturer in Monash University before taking up his current position of Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is a visiting Associate Professor at Soochow University, China. He has more than 100 publications in scientific journals and 2 books, including 2 patents. His main research interests are Food packing materials and Functional hydrogel materials for biomedical use.


Traditional medical polymer materials have certain disadvantages associated with poor mechanical properties, biocompatibility, biodegradability, and weak antibacterial ability, which makes it unsuitable for biomedical field. For this reason, it is imperative to develop the ideal biomedical materials based on natural biopolymers with multi-functional advantages such as softness, breathability, flexibility, transparency, free formability, antibacterial properties and underpinning all these properties. Polysaccharides and gelatin are the most abundant natural biopolymers with low cost, good properties (e.g., film-forming, biodegradable and biocompatible), which can be used to propose rational solutions. This special collection aims to focus on areas related to biopolymers technologies, science, and functionalization, and their potential use in biomedical applications, such as antibacterial materials, drug-carrier, tissue engineering. It will cover biopolymers preparation, characterization, performance, and application evaluation. Potential topics include but are not limited to the research areas above. Other sub-topics as long as they align with the general theme of the Special Issue are also encouraged. The original research articles, review/mini-review articles, and case studies are welcome.


Biopolymers; Gelatin; Polysaccharides; Biocompatibility; Antibacterial ability; Biomedical application; Biodegradability

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Novel Pectin/Chia-Mucilage Membranes: Human Serum Albumin Adsorption, Biocompatibility, and Physical-Chemical Properties

    S. E. Burruel-Ibarra, R. A. Esquer-Osuna, R. G. Valdez-Melchor, D. A. Cuevas-Acuña, L. QuihuiCota, J. Juárez, J. C. Campos-García, E. Valbuena-Gregorio, M. A. López-Mata
    Journal of Renewable Materials, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2023.027372
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Advancement of Biopolymers in Biomedical Materials)
    Abstract This study aimed to characterize the physical-chemical and biological properties of pectin (PC)/chia seed mucilage (CM) membranes. PC/CM [100/0 (control), 80/20%, 60/40%, and 40/60% w/w] membranes were prepared using the casting method. The membranes (PC/CM) were thin, yellow, lightly opaque (≈10%) and capable of blocking light UVB (between 66 at 52%). SEM analysis showed the presence of aggregates in the shape of a sphere (≈13 µm) and ovoid (≈25 µm). The proportion of 80/20 showed an increase in tensile strength (29%) and elastic modulus (19%) when compared to the control. FTIR analysis exhibited intermolecular interactions between PCPC, PC-CM, and CM-CM… More >

  • Open Access


    Construction of Customized Bio Incubator and Designing of Tailored Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering from Laboratory Scale Up to Clinical Scale

    Soliman Abdalla, Shiref Kandil
    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.10, No.11, pp. 2699-2716, 2022, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2022.022334
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Advancement of Biopolymers in Biomedical Materials)
    Abstract In order to obtain larger, clinical-scale and practical-scale bone grafts, we have designed both tailored scaffolds and tailored bio incubator with optimal bio-production characteristics. Using DIC files to Simpleware Scan-IP (Simple-ware-exeter United Kingdom), we have digitally reconstructed segmental additive bone-tissue in order to perform images processing. Both hydroxyapatite and tannin composites have been used in order to get the final bone modules combined for retexturing of segmental bone defect. We have found that sectioning of bone segment deficiency reorganizations into well disk-shaped design permits one to standardize the cell culture and seeding protocol, to get better products. The present study… More >

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