Special issue title

Composite/Multi-component Biomaterial Inks and Bioinks


Guest Editors

(1)   Assistant Professor Liliang Ouyang

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, China.



(2)   Assistant Professor Yu Shrike Zhang

Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University, USA.



Special issue information

3D bioprinting has opened a new avenue for the engineering of functional living systems based on an additive manufacturing process. Despite the progress, there remain some significant challenges, such as the unmet demand for suitable inks that satisfy multiplexed requirements for specific applications. Single-component inks would simplify the formulations but might suffer the difficulties of providing comprehensively superior properties towards functional tissue formation. Compositing or combining different components has been a simple yet powerful methodology to develop ink formulations that potentially enjoy the benefits provided by individual components. The rational design based on the interplay between different components might further add to the function of the inks. Thus, this Special Issue will highlight the advances in exploring composite or multi-component inks for 3D bioprinting applications, covering acellular biomaterial inks and cell-laden bioinks.


Special issue scope

  • Development of composite/multi-component acellular inks for 3D bioprinting
  • Development of composite/multi-component cell-laden bioinks for 3D bioprinting
  • Characterizations and optimizations of composite/multi-component inks before, during, and after 3D bioprinting, either computationally or experimentally, or a combination
  • Development of new techniques and systems for the bioprinting of composite/multi-component inks
  • Use of composite/multi-component inks in engineering living systems for applications such as tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug discovery, and disease modeling


Manuscript submission information

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  • Indicate in the cover letter that the submission is intended for the Special Issue by specifying the Special Issue title.
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All manuscripts submitted to this Special Issue will be subject to rigorous double-blind peer-review process.

Online release and finalized publication

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$ 2,500 for each accepted Original Article or Review Article

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Important dates

  • Submission deadline: March 31, 2022
  • Tentatively, this Special Issue is designated for publication in International Journal of Bioprinting Volume 8 Issue 3 (2022) as a separate, thematic issue

Further note

The Publisher reserves the right to convert the Special Issue to a Special Section, which is published alongside articles of a Regular Issue.


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