Synthesis of nanomaterials can be achieved through different methods, chemical approaches being the most popular. However, some chemical methods cannot avoid the use of toxic chemicals in their synthesis protocol.
Due to their biocompatibility, nanomaterials such as inorganic nanoparticles, graphene and graphene oxide have tremendous potential for a wide variety of biomedical applications in antimicrobial and antitumor agents, drug delivery, tissue engineering, biosensor, bioimaging and enzyme mimics. Therefore, there is a growing need to develop environmentally friendly processes of nanomaterial synthesis that do not use toxic chemicals. Biological methods for nanomaterial synthesis using microorganisms, enzymes and plants or plant extracts have been suggested as possible eco-friendly alternatives to chemical and physical methods.
This special issue aims to assess the current status and to identify future priorities and directions in biosynthesis and applications of nanomaterials. The issue will provide an opportunity and platform to promote mutual interaction, information and collaboration on biomedical nanomaterials. We invite the submission of review articles, original research articles and short communications.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Antimicrobial and antitumor applications of nanomaterials
- Drug delivery and tissue engineering applications of nanomaterials
- Biosensor and bioimaging applications of nanomaterials
- Enzyme-mimicking nanomaterials
- Novel biosynthesis of inorganic nanoparticles
- Bioreduction of graphene oxide
- Biocompatibility of nanomaterials
- Other biomedical applications
Submission of manuscripts: 28 February, 2015
Notification to authors: 30 April, 2015
Final versions due: 31 June, 2015