Dear Colleagues, We have the pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to the forthcoming Special Issue “Porous monolithic materials for applications in separation science” in Materials
. In the last two decades, porous monolithic materials have found widespread application in the field of analytical chemistry. Due to their high porosity and hydraulic permeability, as well as high specific surface area and wide range of surface chemistries available, they offer an excellent alternative to conventional particulate materials in flow-through applications such as chromatographic analysis and solid phase extraction (SPE). For instance, faster separations/extractions can be performed at lower back-pressures with monolithic columns as compared to packed columns. Thermal or photoinitiated polymerisation and photografting techniques can be also used for monolith preparation and subsequent functionalisation of monolithic materials in specific areas of a capillary or a microchannel without the need for column frits. In this special issue, the latest developments in preparation, characterisation and application of porous monolithic materials in separation science and technology will be presented. Porous polymer, silica and carbon-based monoliths will be considered along with related gels and hydrogels. New characterisation methods and approaches, such as 3D imaging and reconstruction of monoliths, will be of particular interest. Applications in liquid and gas chromatography, electrochromatography and sample preparation (e.g., preconcentration, purification, extraction) will be covered in various formats, e.g., in bulk, capillary or microfluidic channel format. Monolith-based microfluidic components, such as micro-valves, micro-mixers, micro-pumps and electrospray emitters, employed in microfluidic-based separations/extractions are also relevant for this Special Issue. Should you need any further information about this Special Issue, please do not hesitate to contact us. Dr. Mercedes VázquezProf. Dermot BrabazonGuest Editors
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Porous monoliths Polymer monoliths Silica monoliths Carbon monoliths Chromatographic applications Sample preparation applications Solid phase extraction Microfluidic applications Characterisation techniques 3D reconstruction