Special Issue "Deuterated Molecules and Polymers for Neutron Studies"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Peter V. Bonnesen
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831‐6494, USA
Website: http://cnms.ornl.gov
E-Mail: bonnesenpv@ornl.gov
Interests: synthesis of molecules containing deuterium and other NMR‐active stable nuclei; synthesis of ligands for self‐assembled systems; monomer and polymer synthesis; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance for probing molecular dynamics and elucidating reaction mechanisms

Guest Editor
Dr. Kunlun Hong
Neutron Science Liaison Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831‐6494, USA
Website: http://cnms.ornl.gov
E-Mail: hongkq@ornl.gov
Interests: synthesis and characterization of linear and branched polymers and copolymers with controlled nanostructures; polymeric self‐assembling; polyelectrolytes; stimuli‐responsive polymers; selectively‐deuterated monomers and polymers; effect of deuteration on the properties of soft‐matter; structures and dynamics elucidations of polymeric materials by scattering (X‐Ray, neutron, light)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Deuterium (2H or D), a stable isotope of hydrogen that possesses both a neutron and a proton, exhibits a distinctively different strength of interaction with neutrons than protium does. This difference can provide contrast in differential scattering of protium vs. deuterium in neutron scattering experiments, and accordingly, can provide information about structure and dynamics that would not be accessible by other techniques (such as X‐ray scattering). As more powerful neutron‐generating facilities have become available, interest in utilizing neutron scattering for structural characterization, which is important for the design of new materials, has increased. Consequently, there is a growing need for new deuterated materials, as well as for methodologies of selective deuteration that create, for example, well‐defined (partially or fully) deuterated molecules and polymers. Therefore, we and Molecules feel that the time is right for a Special Issue covering deuterated molecules and polymers.

This Special Issue of Molecules will consider contributions covering the synthesis and characterization of selectively or fully deuterated molecules of all kinds, including monomers, polymers/macromolecules, and surfactants, as broadly indicated by the keywords. Review articles by experts in the field are also welcome.

Dr. Peter V. Bonnesen
Dr. Kunlun Hong
Guest Editors


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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 refereed through a 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.

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  • deuterium/deuteration
  • synthesis of deuterated monomers/polymers/macromolecules
  • kinetics/dynamics/structural analysis

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Last update: 18 July 2014

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