Special Issue "Functional Nanomaterials for Biosensing and Bioimaging"

A special issue of Biosensors (ISSN 2079-6374).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Carolina Carrillo-Carrión

BioNanoTools lab at CIQUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Interests: analytical chemistry; material science; nanoparticles’ synthesis and functionalization; sensing; imaging; delivery; cell-nanoparticle interactions
Guest Editor
Dr. Ester Polo

BioNanoTools lab at CIQUS, University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Interests: biochemistry; molecular and cellular biology; nanomaterial synthesis; bionano-interface; bionanointerface

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rapid progress in the biosensing and bioimaging research fields have significantly benefited from the development of functional smart nanomaterials and their huge potential as signal transducers, enabling novel integrated solutions for diagnostics.

On the one hand, the unique properties of nanomaterials, such as optical, electrical, magnetic, and catalytical, and the fact that they are easily tunable by altering their compositions, sizes, shapes, and doping, providing interesting opportunities for improving the bioperformance of well-known biosensors and the development of sensing and imaging approaches based on different transduction techniques. On the other hand, the myriad of existing surface functionalization strategies allows modifying the surface chemistry of such nanomaterials with the aim of introducing recognition units for the detection of specific target compounds for sensing, and targeting moieties to label specific region of interest (e.g., cells and intracellular organelles) for imaging. Altogether, nanomaterials and surface chemistry strategies constitute a powerful and versatile toolbox to design functional nanomaterials with specific requirements depending on the desired application, that is, following a 'design-for-purpose' approach.

Analytical features, such as sensitivity, selectivity, stability, and reliability are the key points for improving the performance of these functional nanomaterials for both sensing and imaging purposes. This is challenging when working with complex samples as in the case of biological samples, where many potential interferences are present, and much more especially with cells and organisms. In addition, biocompatibility is a fundamental prerequisite that must be met by these nanomaterials for their use in in vivo applications. Despite all the recent advances, the application of functional nanomaterials in in vivo sensing and/or imaging is still in its infancy, and therefore, new nanomaterials with improved performance are required. Additionally, the combination of sensing and imaging capabilities in one single multifunctional nanomaterial that is able of monitoring and visualizing specific cellular and molecular events in vivo will pave the path towards more reliable diagnostic tools.

In this Special Issue, we seek unique research and development efforts to engineer novel platforms for precise disease diagnosis by designing multimodal functional materials for early detection, screening, and image-guided treatments. This Special Issue aims to promote exchange of ideas and knowledge among researchers in the fields of materials science, chemistry, biology and biomedicine.

Dr. Carolina Carrillo-Carrión
Dr. Ester Polo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Nanoparticles
  • Surface functionalization
  • Biocompatibility
  • Biosensor
  • Imaging
  • Multimodal

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