Special issue title

Bioprinting of 3D Functional Tissue Constructs


Guest Editors

(1)   Professor Jiankang He

(2)   Professor Xiao Li

(3)   Assistant Professor Mao Mao (as Assistant Guest Editor)

The Guest Editor team is from the State Key Lab for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China.


Special issue information

Bioprinting is a multidisciplinary technique involving biomaterials, mechanical engineering, life science, and medicine. In recent years, it has attracted extensive attention because of its unique capabilities in producing complex 3D architectures and positioning living cells within biomaterials in a controlled and reproducible manner. The development of bioprinting has laid the foundation for 3D living tissue constructs that replicate the physiological environments, sustain long-term culture, and function as the native tissues. For example, there is growing interest in the bioprinting of large, functional tissue constructs with biomimetic vascular networks, micro/nanoscale architectures similar to native extracellular microenvironment, and multiple cell types for such biomedical applications as tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug screening, and 3D tissue models.

Bioprinting should overcome a few challenges for the generation of living tissue constructs with more complex features and tissue-specific functions on a biologically-relevant scale. For example, further development of bioinks should achieve optimal rheological and biological properties for successful printing, cell viability and growth. Recapitulation of the heterocellular nature of complex native tissues requires the accurate spatial arrangement of multiple cell types and material components to program their interactions during growth. Perfusable vascular-like networks should be rationally designed and fabricated to support the growth of 3D large-scale tissue constructs. To address these challenges, this special issue will cover scientific advances and emerging trends in bioprinting of 3D functional tissue constructs including novel bioinks, architectural design, innovative printing processes with higher resolution, electronic component integration, and biological applications.


Special issue scope

  • Development of novel functional bioinks for bioprinting
  • Design of tissue-specific architectures for bioprinting
  • Novel bioprinting principles or processes
  • High-resolution bioprinting for tissue-engineering scaffolds
  • Bioprinting of large vascularized tissue constructs
  • Novel applications of bioprinted tissue constructs for regenerative medicine, organ-on-chips, tissue models or new drug discovery


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All manuscripts submitted to this Special Issue will be subject to rigorous double-blind peer-review process.

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The accepted papers will be released online in the Special Issue continuously, first as Article in Press upon individual release and subsequently finalized for official online publication on or before the publication deadline.

Article Processing Charge

  • US$ 800 for each accepted Original Article or Review Article
  • Free-of-charge for the publication of Editorial contributed by the Guest Editors

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: March 31, 2021
  • Publication deadline: June 30, 2021


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