Recent Progress in Materials  (ISSN 2689-5846) is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. This periodical is devoted to publishing high-quality papers that describe the most significant and cutting-edge research in all areas of Materials. Its aim is to provide timely, authoritative introductions to current thinking, developments and research in carefully selected topics. Also, it aims to enhance the international exchange of scientific activities in materials science and technology.
Recent Progress in Materials publishes original high quality experimental and theoretical papers and reviews on basic and applied research in the field of materials science and engineering, with focus on synthesis, processing, constitution, and properties of all classes of materials. Particular emphasis is placed on microstructural design, phase relations, computational thermodynamics, and kinetics at the nano to macro scale. Contributions may also focus on progress in advanced characterization techniques.          

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Special Issue

Applications and Development of Biomaterials in Medicine

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Hossein Hosseinkhani, PhD

Professor, Innovation Center for Advanced Technology, Matrix, Inc., New York, USA

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Research Interests: biomaterials; nanotechnology; biomedical engineering; drug delivery; tissue engineering; biosensors

About This Topic

Biomaterials, are any substance that has been engineered to interact with biological systems for a medical purpose, which can be derived either from nature or synthesized in the laboratory using a variety of chemical approaches utilizing metallic components, polymers, ceramics or composite materials. They are often used and/or adapted for a medical application, and thus comprise whole or part of a living structure or biomedical device which performs, augments, or replaces a natural function. Biomaterials are also used every day in dental applications, surgery, and drug delivery. A biomaterial may also be an autograft, allograft or xenograft used as a transplant material. Nevertheless, biomaterials must be compatible with the body, and there are often issues of biocompatibility which must be resolved before a product can be placed on the market and used in a clinical setting. Therefore, biomaterials play an important role in modern medicine, but they have many shortcomings and need further development and improvement.
In this special issue, we will seek to the articles which reflect the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments and applications of biomaterials in medical research. Besides, we also encourage the submission of articles related to biomaterials in medicine and application in its broadest sense. Original research reports, review articles, communications, and perspectives etc. are welcome in all areas pertinent to this topic. All accepted papers will be published totally free of charge.


Biomaterials; Medicine; Applications and Developments; Biocompatibility

Planned Paper

Title: Using Acoustic Fields to Enhance the Activity of ECM-based Biomaterials
Authors: Emma G. Norris, Diane Dalecki, and Denise C. Hocking
Affiliation: Pharmacology and Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester, Rochester, USA

Title: 3D Printed Polymeric Medical Devices: Current Progress and Pitfalls
Authors: Andrew C Weems
Affiliation: University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Title: The use of biomaterials in chronic sinusitis
Authors: Jivianne T. Lee
Affiliation: Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, USA

Title: Hydrogels for Neural Applications: Models and Therapeutics
Authors: Stuart I Jenkins, Chris F Adams
Affiliation: Neural Tissue Engineering Group, Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine (ISTM), Keele University, UK

Title: Polyphenolic compounds used in biomaterials science
Authors: B. Kaczmarek, K. Nadolna, A. Owczarek
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry of Biomaterials and Cosmetics, Gagarin 7, 87-100 Toruń, Poland

Title: Polystyrene topography sticker array for cell-based assays
Authors: Heizel Rosado-Galindo 1 and Maribella Domenech-García 2
1 University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus-Bioengineering Program;
2 University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus-Department of Chemical Engineering
Several studies have highlighted the ability of cells to respond to different physical cues in their
natural microenvironment. Consequently, many microfabrication techniques and materials have
been used to generate topographical cues on substrates. However, most of the fabrication
methods and materials require high technical expertise, and employ materials that lose their
properties due to cell remodeling which limits broader implementation in culture platforms and
long-term studies. We propose to employ a topographical array of culture surfaces made of
polystyrene to examine the impact of physical stimulus on cell behavior. The proposed
technology consists of culture substrates of defined roughness, depth and curvature fabricated
on polystyrene films using razor printing (xurography) and an in-house designed polisher, bound
to the bottom of a culture well using a double-sided medical grade tape. This strategy provides
an easy and fast way (1hr prototyping time) to generate micropatterns on polystyrene surfaces.
Our results show that the polystyrene sticker array is non-toxic to cells and the topographical
patterns influenced the growth, adhesion and secretome of cells supporting its potential for in
vitro assays.
Keywords: cell culture; xurography; substrate topography; razor printing; cell behavior

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Open Access Original Research

The Use of Sulfur Waste to Protect Against Corrosion of Metal Implants

Received: 24 March 2021;  Published: 15 June 2021;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2102024


Metal parts of endoprosthesis have a detrimental effect on the bones that come into contact with them and on the entire body of the patient. Coating them with biocompatible layers (hydroxyapatite and bioglass) has not yet brought about permanent results. In this study, the author showed the possibility of using a binder containing [...]
Open Access Research Article

Enhanced Long-term Antithrombogenicity Instigated by Covalently-Attached Surface Modifier on Biomedical Polymers

Received: 03 May 2020;  Published: 18 August 2020;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2003019


During a variety of medical procedures such as renal dialysis, bypass surgery, and lung transplantation patient blood is exposed to the surface of a number of polymeric materials such as polycarbonate (PC), poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) and polysulfone (PS) for a period up to several days. Such exposure may result in undesirable protein-material [...]
Open Access Review

Using Acoustic Fields to Fabricate ECM-Based Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine Applications

Received: 22 March 2020;  Published: 21 July 2020;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2003018


Ultrasound is emerging as a promising tool for both characterizing and fabricating engineered biomaterials. Ultrasound-based technologies offer a diverse toolbox with outstanding capacity for optimization and customization within a variety of therapeutic contexts, including improved extracellular matrix-based materials for regenerative medicin [...]
Open Access Review

The Use of Biomaterials in Internal Radiation Therapy

Received: 18 March 2020;  Published: 12 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2002012


Radiotherapy has become one of the most prominent and effective modalities for cancer treatment and care. Ionising radiation, delivered either from external or internal sources, can be targeted to cancerous cells causing damage to DNA that can induce apoptosis. External beam radiotherapy delivers either photon radiation (x-rays or gamma ra [...]
Open Access Technical Note

Innovation in Skin Regeneration: Novel Approaches with β-1,3/1,6-Glucan-Based Treatments

Received: 06 April 2020;  Published: 11 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2002011


Skin regeneration is a multidisciplinary topic that involves plastic surgery, aesthetics, and dermatology. In the last few years, several molecules have been used to prevent or delay the skin aging process. Recently, promising investigations on novel β-1,3/1,6-glucan-based treatments, associated with sodium hyaluronate, have demonstrated [...]
Open Access Original Research

Mechano-Vibrational Spectroscopy of Tissues and Materials Using Vibrational Optical Coherence Tomography: A New Non-Invasive and Non-Destructive Technique

Received: 04 February 2020;  Published: 29 April 2020;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2002010


Elastic moduli of tissues and synthetic polymeric materials are important design properties needed to develop new implants. In this paper we report the use of vibrational optical coherence tomography (VOCT) to measure the resonant frequency and calculate the modulus of tissues and synthetic polymers non-invasively and non-destructively in [...]
Open Access Original Research

Antibody-Based Capture and Behaviour of Endothelial Cell Lines on Pre-Surface Modified Medical Grade Steel

Received: 25 January 2020;  Published: 27 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2001008


Coronary artery disease is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Coronary stents, tube-shaped medical implants that are placed in narrowed coronary arteries, have been used successfully in the management of this condition. However, re-narrowing (i.e. restenosis) of the artery can occur which is instigated [...]
Open Access Original Research

Initial Adhesion Behavior of Osteoblast on Titanium with Sub-Micron Scale Roughness

Received: 18 September 2019;  Published: 14 January 2020;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.2001003


The surface roughness of titanium could regulate various cellular functions such as survival and growth. In the context of cell adhesion to materials, cell spreading and cell shape are also closely linked to various cellular functions. Previously, we found that Ti substrate with a 100-nm scale surface roughness reduced cell survival. However [...]
Open Access Original Research

Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles to Tune Oxidative Degradation Rates in Composite Shape Memory Polymers

Received: 12 September 2019;  Published: 31 December 2019;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.1904008


Biomedical applications of shape memory polymers (SMPs) are limited by their biostability, degradability, and possible toxicity risks after implantation. Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) were used to increase the oxidative biostability (increase time until degradation occurs) using antioxidants and to induce oxidative degradation through [...]
Open Access Research Article

Silk-CNT Mediated Fibroblast Stimulation toward Chronic Wound Repair

Received: 30 October 2019;  Published: 18 December 2019;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.1904007


Background: Diabetic patients suffer from chronic wounds partly due to altered function of fibroblasts. Fibroblasts of diabetic patients synthesize collagen I (COLI) at a much higher level than collagen III (COLIII), resulting in delayed tissue granulation and, consequently, a delay in the overall wound healing process. Methods: We aimed [...]
Open Access Review

Engineering Bacterial Cellulose for Diverse Biomedical Applications

Received: 15 September 2019;  Published: 25 November 2019;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.1904006


Increasing interest in bacterial cellulose due to the huge potential which exists for the development of this new biomaterial for medical applications has been met with recent growth in research in engineering this unique microbial manufactured material. The mechanical properties, porosity, and biocompatibility of bacterial cellulose derived [...]
Open Access Original Research

Formulation-Properties of Novel Ibuprofen-Loaded Soy Protein Wound Dressings

Received: 31 July 2019;  Published: 11 October 2019;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.1904004


Background: Wound management is an important field in medical care, as annually, millions of wounds require treatment worldwide. Soy protein is highly biocompatible, easily processed, and a relatively cheap natural polymer, which can be used for wound dressing applications. Methods: In this study, solvent cast soy protein films, plastici [...]
Open Access Opinion

Valued Applications of Lignin Nanoparticles

Received: 08 March 2019;  Published: 26 April 2019;  doi: 10.21926/rpm.1902001


Technical lignins from the biorefinery, pulp, and paper industries are largely underutilized, even though this aromatic and randomly structured biopolymer could be an interesting raw material for advanced applications in addition to bulk daily goods. Recently, colloidal lignin particles (CLPs) have gained much of the research interests due [...]