Special Issue "Inspired by Nature: Antioxidants and Nanotechnology"

A special issue of Antioxidants (ISSN 2076-3921).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Claus Jacob

Division of Bioorganic Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Saarland University, D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
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Interests: intracellular thiolstat; natural nanoparticles, reactive sulfur species; redox modulation; selenium; sensor/effector catalysts
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Cornelia M. Keck

Division of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Philipps University Marburg, D-35032 Marburg, Germany
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Interests: nanocarriers for improved delivery of poorly soluble acitves—nanolipids, nanocrystals; characterization and optimization of nanosystems; pharmaceutical; nutraceutical and cosmetic formulations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The last few decades have witnessed considerable advances in nano- and biotechnology. The interface between these two rapidly and successfully expanding areas provides ample opportunities for research in, and development of, new, innovative natural nanoproducts. Indeed, nature itself is an excellent nanotechnologist and endows us with a range of fine particles, from inorganic ash, sooth, sulfur and mineral particles found in the air or in mineral wells, to sulfur and selenium nanoparticles produced by many yeasts and bacteria. It also inspires us to use natural products to manufacture nanomaterials, such as nanocrystals of antioxidants or fine particles of silver, which can be obtained by a range of physical, chemical and even biochemical methods. Many of these natural nanoparticles exhibit pronounced yet specific biological activities. Their potential uses in medicine or agriculture close the cycle of natural materials which are initially harvested or obtained from natural sources and subsequently are applied for various benefits in nature.

This Special Issue will consider the current progress in this field of natural nanomaterials. It will bring together researchers focusing on naturally occuring nanoparticles as well as colleagues interested in nanosizing natural products. In both cases, i.e., natural nanosize materials and nanosized natural materials, the overarching theme will be on applications of these products in medicine, agriculture and related branches, for instance as antioxidants and food supplements in nutrition, as preventive or therapeutic agents in mecidine, in cosmetics, and as phytoprotectants or soil enrichment in agriculture.

Prof. Dr. Claus Jacob
Prof. Dr. Cornelia M. Keck
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Antioxidants is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 550 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Natural nanoparticles
  • Nanonization of natural products
  • Precipitation
  • Redox
  • Antimicrobial activity
  • Antioxidant activity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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