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Regenerative Hydrogels from Natural and Synthetic Materials

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Guest Editors

1) Jeevithan Elango, Professor, UCAM-Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain.
Dr. Jeevithan completed his bachelor’s degree and postgraduate in India and then got Ph.D. and Post-doctor in China. He worked in several international research organizations in Australia, India, China and Spain. He has a strong collaboration with various research institutes in Europe, Pakistan, India and USA. He is serving as Distinguished Adjunct Faculty in Saveetha University, India, Editorial member, Reviewer and Guest Editor in various Journals. Up to now, he has published 57 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals.

2) Wu Wenhui, Professor, Shanghai Ocean University, China.
Prof. Wu Wenhui is one of the eminent scientists in Marine Natural Derived Materials and Bio-Pharmaceutics. He has guided more than 150 students (both Masters and Doctors) and has published more than 200 Research Papers with total citations of >15,000. His research interests are: Marine Proteins, Polysaccharides, FGFC1, thrombolytic drugs, diabetics, cancer, and auto-immune disorders, so on. He has been selected as the world’s top 2% scientist list in the pharmaceutical field.

3) Jose Eduardo Mate Sanchez de Val, Professor, UCAM-Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain.
Prof. Jose Eduardo Mate Sanchez de Val is a Senior Professor at the International Research Cathedra of Dentistry, UCAM-Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain. He is the Head of the Postgraduate program of Oral Surgery and Implantology and a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He has an International Ph.D. in Bioengineering, MSc in Implantology and Biomaterials and is a Postgraduate in Periodontology and Aesthetic Dentistry. His research interests are: Dental implants, Ceramic and polymer materials for dental, Bone cancer, Biomaterials and Biocomposites

4) Camilo Zamora-Ledezma, Professor, UCAM-Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia, Spain.
Dr. Camilo Z-L is an experimental physicist and specialist in materials science. Currently, he has involved in several research activities at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Polytech in Montpellier (France), Université de Bordeaux (France), Yachay Tech University (Ecuador) and Universidad de Sevilla (Spain). Since 2021, he has joined the School of Medicine of the Universidad Católica de Murcia (Spain), as full-time Faculty. His research themes are: synthesis of tailored organic/inorganic nanomaterials and biomaterials based on nanocarbon and nanoparticles. He has published more than thirty Scopus/JCR articles and book chapters related to materials science, nanomaterials and biomaterials. He also has been a principal investigator and collaborator researcher in more than 12 national, European and international competitive projects.

Summary

Hydrogels are soft water-rich three-dimensional polymer networks that are fabricated by physical and chemical crosslinking of different polymers. For decades, hydrogels are playing a major role in cosmetics and pharmacological applications. Several kinds of hydrogels are developed by various fabrication techniques such as stirring, sol-gel, drop-casting, freeze-drying, electrospinning and 3D printing. Due to their hydrophilic nature, hydrogels are favorable for structural and functional modification, water retention, easy-to-make composites with other polymers and flexible handling for cell cultures. Besides, the transparent nature of hydrogels facilitates for easy read-out of culture cells such as histological, immunological and fluorescence staining methods, unlike other forms of polymers. Due to their excellent bioactivity and biocompatibility, hydrogels are used in different applications such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, tissue adhesives, biosensors, soft robots, electronic skin, wearable electronic devices and self-healing materials.

By considering the inevitability, this Special Issue aims to collect papers on the most recent findings in the field of Hydrogels. We encourage authors to contribute their excellent data with new findings related to the methodology for fabrication, materials characterization, rheological properties, functional behavior, structural (morphological) behavior and biological properties of hydrogels. Review papers, concepts, commentary, technical reports and short study reports that present up-to-date knowledge on Hydrogels from Natural and Synthetic origins are also welcome.


Keywords

Hydrogel; synthetic materials; natural materials; physicochemical properties; structural properties; fabrication of hydrogel; biodegradable; target-specific drug-delivery system; functional properties; biological response; food engineering; regenerative drugs; tissue regeneration ; biomedical applications

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