Soon Hee Kim, Young Jin Lee, Chan Hum Park et al.

Featured Article: Biomaterials: Medical glue from a silk protein

An efficient, fast-acting and biocompatible glue for sealing damaged body tissue has been developed by scientists in South Korea and the USA.

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    | Open Access

    In this work, we report a strategy to build programmable atom equivalents (PAEs) with tailorable DNA bond length and bond energy using DNA encoders carrying consecutive adenines (polyA). We find that the bond length and bond energy can be tuned by programming the topologic configurations of the DNA encoders, which lead to differently leveled bonds and asymmetric PAEs allowing for directional, hierarchical assembly of multi-particle structures. This programmable bonding system may provide a new route for building complex plasmonic superstructures.

    • Xiaoliang Chen
    • , Xiaoguo Liu
    • , Guangbao Yao
    • , Qian Li
    • , Renduo Liu
    • , Hongjin Wu
    • , Yanan Lv
    • , Chunhai Fan
    • , Lihua Wang
    •  & Jiang Li
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    | Open Access

    A sequentially formed hybrid hydrogel system consisting of collagen and alginate was designed to control cell shape in 3D. The cell with different spreading state had significantly different responses to mechanical (i.e., matrix stiffness) and biochemical (i.e., transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)) cues.

    • Han Liu
    • , Mian Wu
    • , Yuanbo Jia
    • , Lele Niu
    • , Guoyou Huang
    •  & Feng Xu
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    | Open Access

    We report methacrylated silk fibroin sealant (Sil-MAS) with rapid crosslinkable, highly adhesive and biocompatible properties and demonstrate its versatility as medical glue. The excellence for physical properties of Sil-MAS is revealed via in vitro mechanical tests and ex vivo aorta pressure test. In in vivo biological tests on skin, liver, and blood vessels of rat, Sil-MAS showed a superb hemostatic and adhesive ability with high biocompatibility. Specifically, Sil-MAS strongly contributed to fast wound healing. Furthermore, we showed that Sil-MAS could be an ideal photocuring laparoscopic medical glue in laceration rabbit model of liver and stomach serosa using self-made endoscopic device.

    • Soon Hee Kim
    • , Young Jin Lee
    • , Janet Ren Chao
    • , Do Yeon Kim
    • , Md. Tipu Sultan
    • , Ho Jun Lee
    • , Jung Min Lee
    • , Ji Seung Lee
    • , Ok Joo Lee
    • , Heesun Hong
    • , Hanna Lee
    • , Olatunji Ajiteru
    • , Ye Ji Suh
    • , Hak Soo Choi
    • , Yong-Jun Cho
    •  & Chan Hum Park
  • Article
    | Open Access

    We show an efficient spin injection technique for a semiconductor using an atomically controlled ferromagnet/ferromagnet/semiconductor heterostructure with low-resistive Schottky-tunnel barriers. Even for semiconductor spintronic devices, the symmetry matching of electronic bands between the ferromagnet and the semiconductor should be considered. This approach provides a new solution for the simultaneous achievement of highly efficient spin injection and low electric power at the electrodes in semiconductor devices at room temperature.

    • Michihiro Yamada
    • , Fumiaki Kuroda
    • , Makoto Tsukahara
    • , Shinya Yamada
    • , Tetsuya Fukushima
    • , Kentarou Sawano
    • , Tamio Oguchi
    •  & Kohei Hamaya
  • Article
    | Open Access

    Electric-field-driven ion migration is an effective way to control many physical properties such as electric and magnetic properties of materials. In this research, we demonstrated that remarkably small electric field as low as 105 V/m can effectively modulate resistance of a GdOx microwire due to the lateral motion of oxygen ions. This result enables mimicking a synaptic device with low power consumption like as a brain. Furthermore, huge MR modulation of the GdOx microwire with the electric field provides novel functionality as an electromagnetic device.

    • Jun-Ho Kang
    • , Soogil Lee
    • , Taek-Hyeon Lee
    • , Ji-Seok Yang
    • , Jae Wook Lee
    • , Cheong Cheon Tae
    • , Jong-Ryul Jeong
    • , Seung-Young Park
    • , Byong-Guk Park
    •  & Kab-Jin Kim
  • Article
    | Open Access

    Very efficient, fast and scalable Fluidized Bed Reactor Atomic Layer Deposition (FBR-ALD) of highly dense and uniform Pt nanoparticles (NPs) on the functionalized carbon were successfully demonstrated for the proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) application. The textural properties, functional groups and structural defects of the carbon supports significantly influenced Pt NPs deposition. A proper carbon supporter matching for FBR-ALD of Pt resulted in excellent electrochemical properties, long-term durability and fuel cell performance.

    • Woo-Jae Lee
    • , Susanta Bera
    • , Chang Min Kim
    • , Eun-Kyong Koh
    • , Woong-Pyo Hong
    • , Seung-Jeong Oh
    • , EunAe Cho
    •  & Se-Hun Kwon
  • Article
    | Open Access

    Since the interfacial effect has been commonly understood to be generated entirely at the boundary between the two atomic layers, the strength of the interfacial effect has been considered independent of the thickness of each layer. In this study, contrary to the common concept, we show that the interfacial phenomenon requires threshold thickness for full emergence and is suppressed when it is too thin, by providing the result of the peculiar ferromagnet layer thickness dependence of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI). Our result refines conventional perspectives on interfacial phenomena and provides the optimum thickness to maximize DMI for technological applications.

    • Yong-Keun Park
    • , Joo-Sung Kim
    • , Yune-Seok Nam
    • , Seyyoung Jeon
    • , Jung-Hyun Park
    • , Kyoung-Whan Kim
    • , Hyun-Woo Lee
    • , Byoung-Chul Min
    •  & Sug-Bong Choe
  • Article
    | Open Access

    A germole-containing π-conjugated polymer is prepared from the corresponding tellurophene-containing polymer by its Te–Li exchange reaction using n-butyllithium followed by the reaction with dimethylgermanium dichloride. The low-lying LUMO energy level of the germole-containing π-conjugated polymer is also described.

    • Feng Zheng
    • , Sia-Er Tan
    • , Yuki Yanamoto
    • , Naoki Shida
    • , Hiroki Nishiyama
    • , Shinsuke Inagi
    •  & Ikuyoshi Tomita
  • Article
    | Open Access

    The fiber membrane prepared from silk fibroin was modified by polydopamine and grafted the liposomes encapsulated leptin that endow the fiber with vascularization. The fiber membrane was covered with the defect of oral mucosa in rabbits, and leptin was released from the broken liposomes to promote early vascularization and accelerate the regeneration of mucous membrane.

    • Chunyu Qian
    • , Tianwen Xin
    • , Wanshu Xiao
    • , Huajun Zhu
    • , Qiang Zhang
    • , Lili Liu
    • , Ruoyu Cheng
    • , Zhen Wang
    • , Wenguo Cui
    •  & Zili Ge


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The demand for biomaterials and health-care related materials in various medical applications has been increasing significantly across the globe over the last decade, and has been even more acute these days. This special issue of NPG Asia Materials, “Biomaterials and health-care related materials” is aimed at providing the recent advances in fundamental research on biomaterials, health-care and wearable health-monitoring materials, as well as the forefront of their medical applications. The issue invites articles that will cover original research and comprehensive review articles on topics ranging from biochemistry, biomaterials and biointerface to functional bio-devices for healthcare systems. Editors of the special issue are Jonghyun Ahn (Associate Editor, Yonsei University) and Liping Wen (Guest Editor, Chinese Academy of Sciences). Tentative publication will be in January 2021. Manuscripts must therefore be submitted by the end of July 2020. Please refer to the Guide to Authors or contact the editorial office ( on article formatting. All articles will be peer reviewed. To submit your manuscript please click here and insert ‘Biomaterials Issue’ in the Manuscript Comment section during submission.