Recent Progress in Materials 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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Metallic materials 
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Composite materials
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Sustainable Materials and Technologies
Special types of Materials
Macro-, micro- and nano structure of materials
Environmental interactions, process modeling
Novel applications of materials

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Special Issue

Advancing Novel Zirconia-Based Ceramics for Dental and Biomedical Applications

Submission Deadline: October 30, 2023 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Minglei Zhao, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

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Research Interests: Biomaterials; Zirconia; Materials science; Nanomaterials; Dental materials; Mechanical and biological evaluation; Machine learning; Artificial intelligence

About This Topic

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue focuses on the recent trends in advancing novel zirconia-based ceramics for dental and biomedical applications. Zirconia, with its excellent mechanical properties, chemical stability, and biocompatibility, is ideal for dental and biomedical applications. This Special Issue highlights the state-of-art ceramic processing methodologies, and clinically-relevant surface treatments as well as microstructural and compositional tailoring to improve the translucency and esthetics of zirconia for all-ceramic restorations. Five successive generations of zirconia have been developed over the past 10 years: conventional 3Y-TZP (first generation), 3Y-TZP with low alumina additive (second generation), 4Y- and 5Y-PSZ (third generation), polychromatic multilayered structures (fourth generation), and gradient compositions and shades (fifth generation). Nevertheless, the different responses to fast sintering and speed sintering for these five generations of zirconia are still not fully understood. The mechanical and optical properties of the emerging multilayered zirconia (fourth- and fifth-generations) are lacking well-proved testing methods. Current research of the long-term aging and cyclic loading fatigue effects on the compositional, mechanical, and optical properties of the multilayered zirconia remains primitive. Additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing combined with CAD/CAM hardware for making ceramic dental prostheses remains a technology in progress.

This Special Issue also critically explores the innovative strategies to insure perfect stability and long lifetime of zirconia-based ceramics for dental implant applications in which the translucency is less important. A heavy focus has been placed on improving surface characteristics and biocompatibility of zirconia-based ceramics to better implant success and survival rate after implantation. Novel ductile zirconia-based ceramics and ductile machining surfaces have been developed for dental implants. Last but not least, the discussion of this Special Issue focuses the advancement of porous zirconia-based bioceramic scaffolds in hard tissue engineering. To repair and restore the bone and tooth defects, disruptive approaches led by biomaterials have been developed to achieve both bone reconstruction and regeneration. Three-dimensional zirconia-based porous scaffolds with suitable mechanical properties and cellular/tissue compatibility have been increasingly promoted by using digital technology. The biological evaluation of the interaction between the repaired hard tissues and ceramic components at the molecular and genetic levels is a critically important yet challenging task. Dentistry driven by artificial intelligence technology is moving forward toward a new era. The revolution of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is leading novel approaches for dental and biomedical applications of zirconia-based ceramics.

The extensive range of this Special Issue “Advancing Novel Zirconia-Based Ceramics for Dental and Biomedical Applications” offers an admirable opportunity to submit full papers, short communications, or review papers.


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