Themed collection Journal of Materials Chemistry B Recent Review Articles
SERS substrate fabrication for biochemical sensing: towards point-of-care diagnostics
Portable surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) capable of various analytes detection by using well designed/fabricated SERS substrates in a convenient manner shows great advantages and application potentials in biochemical sensing.
RNA BioMolecular Electronics: towards new tools for biophysics and biomedicine
Nanoscience has enabled the electrical study of individual biomolecules. This perspective presents the nascent field of RNA BioMolecular Electronics, overviewing the main developments and exploring recent and future potential applications.
Nanoparticle-mediated surfactant therapy in patients with severe COVID-19: a perspective
Nanoparticle-mediated surfactant therapy in patients with severe COVID-19.
Engineering next-generation bioinks with nanoparticles: moving from reinforcement fillers to multifunctional nanoelements
The incorporation of nanoparticles is an emerging strategy to develop advanced nanocomposite bioinks with (multi) functional properties that improve the bioactivity and regenerative potential of 3D bioprinted constructs.
Smart scaffolds: shape memory polymers (SMPs) in tissue engineering
Smart scaffolds based on shape memory polymer (SMPs), and their typical modes of delivery into tissue defects.
Recent progress of redox-responsive polymeric nanomaterials for controlled release
This perspective focuses on the development of redox-responsive polymeric nanomaterials for controlled payload release within the last four years.
Recent progress in tannic acid-driven antibacterial/antifouling surface coating strategies
Tannic acid-based bioinspired coating strategies for tethering functional materials or molecules on different medical substrates for resisting bacterial pathogens and fouling agents.
The recent development of nanozymes for food quality and safety detection
Nanozyme-based biosensors for food quality and safety detection are reviewed.
Synthesis, classification and properties of hydrogels: their applications in drug delivery and agriculture
Absorbent polymers or hydrogel polymer materials have an enhanced water retention capacity and are widely used in agriculture and medicine.
Recent advances in electrospinning supramolecular systems
Electrospinning based on supramolecular systems is an innovative strategy for developing nanostructured scaffolds or membranes, and it has been attracting much research interest in the fields of electrospinning as well as supramolecular chemistry.
Nutrient alloying elements in biodegradable metals: a review
As a new generation of biomedical metallic materials, biodegradable metals have become a hot research topic in recent years because they can completely degrade in the human body, thus preventing secondary surgery, and reducing the pain and economic burden for patients.
Combatting Helicobacter pylori with oral nanomedicines
We review state-of-the-art oral nanomedicines for Helicobacter pylori eradication, from the mechanism and design to the resultant controllability and antimicrobial properties, and provide a deep insight into their challenges and future directions.
Stimulus-responsive nanomaterials under physical regulation for biomedical applications
The design and functional tailoring of stimulus-responsive nanomaterials under physical regulations promote their biomedical applications.
Contributions of photochemistry to bio-based antibacterial polymer materials
Contribution of photochemistry for the synthesis of bio-based antibacterial polymer materials.
Recent development in graphdiyne and its derivative materials for novel biomedical applications
Graphdiyne (GDY), which possess sp- and sp2-hybridized carbon and Dirac cones, offers unique physical and chemical properties, including an adjustable intrinsic bandgap, excellent charge carrier transfer efficiency, and superior conductivity compared to other carbon allotropes.
Graphene and graphene-related materials as brain electrodes
Research progress of graphene and its composite electrodes in neuronal signal recording, stimulation and related optical signal coupling technology.
Surface functionalized bioceramics coated on metallic implants for biomedical and anticorrosion performance – a review
This review focuses on surface modifications of metallic implant and performance strengthening strategies reported in developing anti-corrosion and biocompatibility properties with functionalized bioceramic coatings.
Biological protein mediated ferroptotic tumor nanotherapeutics
This review introduces the recent advances in the ferroptotic regulatory network and ferroptotic tumor nanotherapeutic strategies based on the key proteins in ferroptotic regulatory pathways.
Bioapplication of cyclodextrin-containing montmorillonite
This review summarizes recent progress in the integration/combination of CDs and montmorillonite, as well as the bioapplication of CDs-containing montmorillonite hybrid host systems.
Nanomedicine to advance the treatment of bacteria-induced acute lung injury
This review aims to highlight the recent advances, key limitations, and future directions of nanomedicine for bacteria-induced acute lung injury treatment.
Recent advances in magnetic carbon nanotubes: synthesis, challenges and highlighted applications
Magnetic carbon nanotubes (MCNTs), consisting of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), have enormous exploration and application potentials due to their superior physical and chemical properties, such as unique magnetism and high enrichment performance.
Perylene diimide-based treatment and diagnosis of diseases
Integrated treatment using imaging technology to monitor biological processes for the precise treatment and diagnosis of diseases to improve treatment outcomes is becoming a hot topic.
Ferroptosis in cancer therapeutics: a materials chemistry perspective
This review highlights the recent advances in ferroptosis-induced tumor therapy from a materials chemistry perspective and discusses the current challenges and future directions.
Multi-functional polymeric micelles for chemotherapy-based combined cancer therapy
Schematic diagram of multi-functional PMs for chemotherapy-based combined cancer therapy: combination of multiple chemotherapy drugs; combinational chemo-gene therapy; combinational chemo-phototherapy; combinational chemo-immunotherapy.
Intrinsically radiopaque biomaterial assortments: a short review on the physical principles, X-ray imageability, and state-of-the-art developments
The physical principles, X-ray imageability, and state-of-the-art developments of intrinsically radiopaque biomaterial assortments.
Gas and gas-generating nanoplatforms in cancer therapy
Gas-generating nanoplatforms have promising therapeutic potential for cancer treatment.
Innovative nanotools for vascular drug delivery: the atherosclerosis case study
Nanotechnology represents a new research field for atherosclerosis therapy and diagnosis.
The antigenicity of silk-based biomaterials: sources, influential factors and applications
This review focuses on the antigenicity of silk-based materials applied in biomedical applications. It summarizes the immunomodulatory applications of silk, including bone regeneration, vascularization, and protection from inflammation.
Emerging nanomaterials applied for tackling the COVID-19 cytokine storm
Emerging nanomaterials applied for tackling the COVID-19-associated cytokine storm. Cur-SLNs, curcumin-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles; 25-HC, 25-hydroxycholesterol.
Recent progress in the design of analytical methods based on nanozymes
Different analytical platforms based on nanozymes could be constructed to detect various analytes, which possessed good sensitivity and specificity.
SARS-CoV-2 and approaches for a testing and diagnostic strategy
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented global health challenge, creating sudden, massive demands for diagnostic testing, treatment, therapies, and vaccines.
Nanomedicine as a promising strategy for the theranostics of infectious diseases
Infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi and their global spread pose a great threat to human health.
Advances in multifunctional chitosan-based self-healing hydrogels for biomedical applications
This review focuses on the formation, multifunctionalization, and biomedical application of multifunctional chitosan-based self-healing hydrogels.
Near infrared photothermal conversion materials: mechanism, preparation, and photothermal cancer therapy applications
We outlined NIR photothermal materials for photothermal cancer therapy and proposed three key metrics for evaluating the materials from physical, chemical, and bio/medical perspectives.
Review on recent progress in metal–organic framework-based materials for fabricating electrochemical glucose sensors
Diabetes is a type of disease that threatens human health, which can be diagnosed based on the level of glucose in the blood.
4D printing in biomedical applications: emerging trends and technologies
4D printing technology in biomedical applications.
Modulation of hydrogel stiffness by external stimuli: soft materials for mechanotransduction studies
Hydrogels featuring a dynamic change in stiffness for mechanotransduction studies are reviewed herein, with special emphasis on conducting polymers as a means to modulate the stiffness of hydrogels.
Development and application of ultrasound contrast agents in biomedicine
Ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) play a crucial role in the integration of US diagnosis and treatment. UCAs have also been studied in the fields of US thrombolysis, mediated gene transfer, drug delivery, and high intensity focused US.
Immobilized enzymes in inorganic hybrid nanoflowers for biocatalytic and biosensing applications
Immobilized enzymes in inorganic hybrid nanoflowers for biocatalytic and biosensing applications.
Innovative strategies for enhanced tumor photodynamic therapy
We summarized the recent research progress concerning innovative strategies for enhanced PDT.
Nanotechnology lights up the antitumor potency by combining chemotherapy with siRNA
This review summarizes the latest nanosystems with different functional nanomaterials that co-load and protect the siRNA/drugs, precisely target tumors, and release cargoes intelligently.
Different approaches to synthesising cerium oxide nanoparticles and their corresponding physical characteristics, and ROS scavenging and anti-inflammatory capabilities
This review focuses on various synthesis methods of cerium oxide nanoparticles and discusses their corresponding physical characteristics, anti-ROS and anti-inflammatory properties.
Nanoscience and quantum science-led biocidal and antiviral strategies
The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leveraging BODIPY nanomaterials for enhanced tumor photothermal therapy
Boron-dipyrromethenes are widely used in tumor phototherapy. The latest development of Boron-dipyrromethene nanomaterials for enhanced photothermal therapy was summarized.
Electroactive nanomaterials in the peripheral nerve regeneration
Severe peripheral nerve injuries are threatening the life quality of human beings.
Manganese oxide nanomaterials boost cancer immunotherapy
This review summarized the recent advances of manganese oxide nanomaterials for cancer immunotherapy, covering adjusting an immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment, inducing immunogenic cell death, immunoadjuvants for nanovaccines and so on.
Smart near infrared-responsive nanocomposite hydrogels for therapeutics and diagnostics
This review article highlights recent research progress on the NIR-responsive nanocomposite hydrogels, focusing on their preparation, properties, applications and future prospectus.
Superoxide dismutase nanozymes: an emerging star for anti-oxidation
This review summarizes catalytic mechanisms, regulatory factors, measurement methods and various applications of SOD-like nanozymes, as well as proposes the current challenges and prospects in the development of SOD-like nanozymes.
Recent advances in the development of nitric oxide-releasing biomaterials and their application potentials in chronic wound healing
This paper reviews the recent progress in nitric oxide (NO) donors, biomaterial vectors, biomaterial-based NO delivery systems and NO synthetic enzyme mimics, and emphasizes the application potentials of NO releasing biomaterials in chronic wound healing.
Recent near-infrared light-activated nanomedicine toward precision cancer therapy
This review summarizes the recent developments in different NIR-based nanomedicine for cancer therapy.
Bringing naturally-occurring saturated fatty acids into biomedical research
This review introduces naturally-occurring saturated fatty acids (NSFAs) and their biomedical applications, including controlled drug release, targeted drug delivery, cancer therapy, antibacterial treatment, and tissue engineering.
Biomacromolecule-based photo-thermal agents for tumor treatment
Recent advances in the design, fabrication, and applications of biomacromolecule-based photo-thermal agents are summarized. Cell membranes, proteins, nucleotides and polysaccharides are involved. Perspectives and challenges are also presented.
DNA-based ribonuclease detection assays
This review describes some of the recent developments in DNA-based techniques for ribonuclease detection and discusses methodologies, assay metrics, screening of ribonuclease inhibitors, and future potential.
Polysaccharide nanoparticles: from fabrication to applications
The present review highlights the developments in polysaccharide nanoparticles with a particular focus on applications in biomedicine, cosmetics and food.
Recent developments in selenium-containing polymeric micelles: prospective stimuli, drug-release behaviors, and intrinsic anticancer activity
Selenium-containing nanocarriers can respond to different stimuli to release payloads in the vicinity of cancer cells.
A review on diatom biosilicification and their adaptive ability to uptake other metals into their frustules for potential application in bone repair
Diatoms are unicellular eukaryotic algae that have a distinctive siliceous cell wall (frustule) with unique architectures. These frustules are a naturally derived biomaterial, which can be chemically modified and may have potential in bone tissue engineering applications.
Phototherapy and multimodal imaging of cancers based on perfluorocarbon nanomaterials
PFC-based nanoplatforms demonstrate great value in oxygen carrying and delivering, which makes them promising agents in enhancing phototherapy and combined multimodal imaging.
Advances and impact of arginine-based materials in wound healing
In this review, we will illustrate the enhancement and mechanism of arginine in wound healing. A survey on the recent progress in arginine-based therapy was also completed. The challenges and perspectives of arginine-based medicine for regeneration will be identified.
Interplay between nanomedicine and protein corona
Protein corona (PC) severely affects the in vivo performance of nanomedicines. Regulation of interplay between nanomedicines and PC may provide a new avenue for precise medication.
Hydrogel, a novel therapeutic and delivery strategy, in the treatment of intrauterine adhesions
The application of a hydrogel is showed in the treatment of IUAs as a physical barrier or novel therapeutic delivery system.
Recent advances in the synthesis and applications of graphene–polypeptide nanocomposites
The combination of peptides and graphene-derived materials provides a new way to prepare graphene-based nanocomposites with unique structures, properties, and functions.
Carbon dots: synthesis, properties and biomedical applications
Latest progress of CDs is systematically summarized from four aspects: preparation methods, modification methods, optical properties, and applications in biomedical fields. Furthermore, we also state briefly the existing problems and future development directions of CDs.
Microbial biomanufacture of metal/metallic nanomaterials and metabolic engineering: design strategies, fundamental mechanisms, and future opportunities
Biomanufacturing metal/metallic nanomaterials with ordered micro/nanostructures, controllable functions, and promising properties is of great importance in both fundamental studies and practical applications.
Functional biomedical materials derived from proteins in the acquired salivary pellicle
This review summarizes the structure–function relationship of proteins in the acquired salivary pellicle and recent advances in functional biomedical materials derived from these proteins.
Current strategies in tailoring methods for engineered exosomes and future avenues in biomedical applications
Different modification techniques for engineering exosomes and their biomedical applications thereof.
Engineering topography: effects on nerve cell behaviors and applications in peripheral nerve repair
This review focuses on the application of topography in the field of peripheral nerve repair. The integration of topological structure and peripheral nerve conduits has an important role in promoting the recovery of peripheral nerve function.
Reactive oxygen species (ROS): utilizing injectable antioxidative hydrogels and ROS-producing therapies to manage the double-edged sword
This review paper presents the importance of injectable antioxidative hydrogels in biomedical applications for maintaining ROS homeostasis by introducing the bioactive roles of naturally occurring or artificial ROS.
Hyaluronic acid-based hydrogels to study cancer cell behaviors
Hyaluronic acid (HA) based hydrogels can be fabricated using various chemistries to study cancer cell behaviors in vitro.
Tuning the physicochemical properties of reticular covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for biomedical applications
The principles and strategies to tune the physicochemical properties of COFs are proposed to improve the performances of COFs and to speed up their clinical translations in biomedical applications.
Recent advances in graphene nanoribbons for biosensing and biomedicine
A focus review on the recent advances in graphene nanoribbon-based nanomaterials for biosensors and biomedicine is presented.
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This collection contains recent Review-type articles published by Journal of Materials Chemistry B, the home for high impact applications, properties and synthesis of exciting new materials for biology and medicine. New articles will be added to this collection as soon as possible after publication.