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Recent Progress in Polymer-Derived Biomaterials for Orthopedic Applications

Various polymers including natural polymers and synthetic polymers (biodegradable or non-biodegradable), and their composites with ceramics or bioglasses, in the forms of pre-fabricated scaffolds or injectable hydrogels/cements, have been widely used in bone regeneration. This specific issue focuses on the recent progress in related to the development, understanding, and use of polymer-based biomaterials in the space of orthopedic applications. 

Topics include but not limited to:

  • New polymers and polymeric biomaterials/devices for bone regeneration;
  • Organic/inorganic hybrid self-setting bone cements;
  • Instructive biomaterials that regulate metabolism, osteogenic differentiation, mineralization, vascularization, antimicrobial property, and immune response for orthopedic applications;
  • Biomanufacturing, micro-/nano-fabrication, and 3D printing in orthopedic applications;
  • Biomaterials-mediated mechanical stimulation for bone regeneration;
  • Cell-laden scaffolds or hydrogels for bone regeneration;
  • Clinical applications of polymeric bone biomaterials.


Original research articles, communications as well as review papers are all welcomed.

Please choose "VSI: Polymeric Bone Biomaterials" when submitting your paper.


Submission/Publication deadlines:

  • Submission deadline: April 30, 2020
  • Publication deadline: TBD


Guest Editors:

  • Jinshan Guo, Southern Medical University, China
  • Zhongkui Hong, University of South Dakota, USA
  • Xuesong Zhu, Soochow University, China
  • Chao Zhao, University of Alabama, USA
  • Dongfang Zhou, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
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