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Special Issue "Photothermal Agents in Therapy"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Medicinal Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Joan Estelrich

Department of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology and Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, University of Barcelona, Avda. Joan XXIII, 27-31, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: colloids; micelles; layer-by-layer; liposomes; magnetic particles; drug delivery; magnetic hyperthermia; magnetic photothermia
Guest Editor
Dr. Maria Antònia Busquets

Department of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology and Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, University of Barcelona, Avda. Joan XXIII, 27-31, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: colloidal systems; liposomes; Langmuir-Blodgett films; membrane models; drug delivery; surfaces

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thermal treatments are based on driving the normal temperature of the body (or part of it) at higher values in a controlled manner. Controlled temperature increments have a positive effect on patients with an ongoing disease, such as cancer. Thermal treatments include two techniques, namely hyperthermia and thermal ablation. The difference between these is the threshold of temperature: in hyperthermia, the temperature rises to 42 oC, while in thermal ablation, the temperature exceeds 42 oC. Thermal ablation is the basis of photothermal therapy (PTT). For this therapy, it is necessary to induce a temperature increase in the tumor, while keeping the temperature of the surrounding tissue at a normal level. This increase is achieved by irradiating the zone of the tumor with an energy source, mostly using a laser. However, when lesions that are close to large vascular structure need be treated, a part of the heat generated by the energy source is transferred into the blood flow, leading to a reduction of the potency of the thermal effect. To increase the efficacy and selectivity of photothermal ablation, it is necessary to introduce substances into the tumor to convert the absorbed the light into heat. Such substances are called photothermal agents (PA). To date, a vast array of nanoparticles capable of efficient heat generation under illumination with laser radiation have been developed.

We invite researchers to contribute original and review articles regarding the impact of PA on PTT. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Dyes
  • Metal oxide nanoparticles
  • Metallic nanostructures
  • Carbon-based nanomaterials
  • Nanoscale metal chalcogenides
  • Transition metal hidroalcogenide nanostructures

Prof. Dr. Joan Estelrich
Dr. Maria Antònia Busquets
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 1800 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.


  • Photothermal platforms
  • Nanoparticles
  • Near-infrared light-responsive nanomaterials
  • Thermal ablation

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