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Special Issue "Functional Molecular Materials"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 March 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Shiqiang Bai

Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 2 Fusionopolis Way, #08-03, Innovis, Singapore 138634, Republic of Singapore
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Interests: organic–inorganic hybrid materials; functional molecular materials
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. David James Young

Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC, Queensland 4558, Australia
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Interests: molecular materials
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. T. S. Andy Hor

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR, China
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Interests: organometallics; homogeneous catalysis; molecular materials; heterometallic; hybrid ligands

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Molecules is pleased to announce a Special Issue on “Functional Molecular Materials”. Molecular materials are defined as those with well-defined structures at the molecule level. Typical examples are coordination polymers, metal–organic frameworks, polymers and polymer composites. These materials have broad applications, including molecular magnetism, luminescence, catalysis, energy harvest or conversion, and biological applications. The aim of this Special Issue is to summarize and demonstrate recent advances in molecular materials, and to build a network of researchers in this area.

This Special Issue welcomes submission of previously unpublished manuscripts (original researches or reviews) detailing investigations of the structures and functions of molecular materials. Examples of these studies may include:

  • The self-assembly of well-defined functional coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks
  • Organic-inorganic superlattice structures and applications
  • Functional molecule-polymer composites with stimuli responsiveness
  • Functionalized composites for catalysis and energy conversion
  • Chiral, magnetic, catalytic, luminescent, electrically conductive, and thermoelectric molecular materials.

We plan to receive submissions from November 2017 to March 2018. Manuscripts will be published on an ongoing basis after being processed.

Dr. Shiqiang Bai
Prof. Dr. David James Young
Prof. Dr. T. S. Andy Hor
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.


  • Molecular Materials
  • Coordination polymers
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Hydrogels
  • Polymers
  • Hybrid materials
  • Energy conversion
  • Energy harvesting

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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