Inside Cover, Volume 51, Issue 17



Increasing interest for designing new biomaterials has led to the development of sophisticated polymers that must fulfill specific requirements such as biocompatibility and degradability. Degradation of polymeric biomaterials is crucial to ensure a safe and controlled clearance from the body, as well as to trigger the release of drugs and/or cells, depending on the specific biological application, as presented on page 3531. The cover image by Stéphanie Deshayes and Andrea M. Kasko shows the “burst” of a polymeric sphere that might be a nanoparticle, a micelle, a polymersome, or a capsule under a specific stimulus such as light, electrical field, ultrasound, or heating.