Special Issue "Fluorescent Probes"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kevin D. Belfield
Department of Chemistry, University of Central Florida, P.O. Box 162366, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816, USA
Website: http://chemistry.cos.ucf.edu/people/belfield-kevin/
E-Mail: belfield@ucf.edu
Phone: +1 407 823 1028
Fax: +1 407 823 2252
Interests: multiphoton absorbing materials; two-photon photochemistry; in vivo and ex vivo two-photon fluorescence bioimaging; magnetic polymeric and sol-gel nanocomposites; site-specific fluorophore labeling; fluorescent-based sensors and bioimaging probes; photodynamic therapy agents; nanostructured functional organic and polymeric materials; two-photon based 3D high density optical data storage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of fluorescent probes in biological imaging and diagnosis along environmental sensing has become ubiquitous, with numerous standard protocols that have become broadly adopted. Due to its sensitivity, environmental dependence, and quantitative ability fluorescence provides unsurpassed advantages in many applications. Fluorescent probes have become increasingly used in time-dependent studies, ranging from cell, organelles, and protein trafficking to monitoring the fate and persistence of environmental contaminants, imposing ever-increasing demands on probes, such as photochemical stability. The rapidly emerging area of two-photon absorption (2PA) based techniques for bioimaging relies heavily on the development of new, efficient, stable, and highly target-selective fluorescent probes and bioconjugates. A particular focus for fluorescent probes has been in the area of in vivo imaging and optimization of not only photophysical parameters but biological activity and targeting characteristics, such as cytotoxicity, biomarker affinity, and circulatory retention. Novel materials and methods in three-dimensional optical data storage have also been facilitated by the development of new fluorescent probes. Research papers dealing with all aspects of fluorescent probes and bioconjugates, including new compounds, photophysical studies, imaging and sensing results for particularly challenging targets, and new fluorescence-based imaging and sensing techniques to advance the field, including multiphoton and super resolution technology, are welcomed for inclusion into this Special Issue of Molecules. Review articles, particularly those dealing with retrospective analyses of prior successes in biological imaging and environmental sensing, are also welcomed for inclusion.

Prof. Dr. Kevin D. Belfield
Guest Editor


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  • fluorescent probes
  • fluorescence imaging
  • confocal imaging
  • confocal microscopy
  • fluorescence microscopy
  • fluorescence sensors
  • multiphoton microscopy
  • two-photon fluorescence
  • two-photon fluorescent probes
  • ion sensors

Published Papers (7 papers)

by , , , , ,  and
Molecules 2014, 19(7), 9876-9892; doi:10.3390/molecules19079876
Received: 7 May 2014; in revised form: 19 June 2014 / Accepted: 1 July 2014 / Published: 8 July 2014
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Molecules 2014, 19(7), 9380-9402; doi:10.3390/molecules19079380
Received: 25 April 2014; in revised form: 27 June 2014 / Accepted: 27 June 2014 / Published: 3 July 2014
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Molecules 2014, 19(6), 8571-8588; doi:10.3390/molecules19068571
Received: 18 April 2014; in revised form: 5 June 2014 / Accepted: 11 June 2014 / Published: 23 June 2014
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by , , ,  and
Molecules 2014, 19(6), 7459-7479; doi:10.3390/molecules19067459
Received: 1 April 2014; in revised form: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 6 June 2014
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by , ,  and
Molecules 2014, 19(5), 6415-6427; doi:10.3390/molecules19056415
Received: 2 April 2014; in revised form: 8 May 2014 / Accepted: 12 May 2014 / Published: 20 May 2014
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Molecules 2014, 19(4), 4135-4144; doi:10.3390/molecules19044135
Received: 7 March 2014; in revised form: 27 March 2014 / Accepted: 28 March 2014 / Published: 2 April 2014
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by , , ,  and
Molecules 2014, 19(1), 525-537; doi:10.3390/molecules19010525
Received: 20 November 2013; in revised form: 24 December 2013 / Accepted: 24 December 2013 / Published: 3 January 2014
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Last update: 18 July 2014

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