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Special Issue "Molecular Recognition"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Stefan E. Boiadjiev

Medical University – Pleven, 5800 Pleven, Bulgaria
Interests: organic stereochemistry; chiroptical spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special issue of Molecules is devoted to various research fields in the chemistry beyond molecules which have been expending vastly over the past several decades.  After the 1987 Nobel Prize awarded “for development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity”, major advances have been made in many new related subjects.  To mention just a few: (i) determination of the interplay between non-covalent interactions and the goal of recognition; (ii) selectivity inspired by biological systems, drug design and delivery; (iii) advanced biochemistry, medical applications, and modern nanotechnologies rely also on specific intermolecular interactions; (iv) development of practical sensors and devices based on molecular recognition.  The intelligent design of new recognition systems is greatly aided by computations.

The aim of this special issue is to present a broader view on current achievements and perspectives for new developments of molecular recognition phenomena. Contributions from authors of both original and review manuscripts that are relevant to design, synthesis, and characterization of all varieties of molecular recognition systems and their practical applications are invited and will be considered.  It is expected that the broad scope of this issue will attract many articles on diverse research and interesting, multidisciplinary facets of molecular recognition.

Dr. Stefan Boiadjiev
Guest Editor


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  • molecular recognition
  • host-guest chemistry
  • self-assembly
  • non-covalent interactions
  • hydrogen bonding
  • complementarity
  • NMR-studies
  • crystallography
  • selective binding
  • docking
  • biomimetics
  • sensors
  • molecular recognition technology

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Open AccessArticle Pyrrole-Pyridine and Pyrrole-Naphthyridine Hosts for Anion Recognition
Molecules 2015, 20(6), 9862-9878; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules20069862
Received: 14 April 2015 / Revised: 21 May 2015 / Accepted: 22 May 2015 / Published: 27 May 2015
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The association constants of the complexes formed by two hosts containing pyrrole, amide and azine (pyridine and 1,8-naphthyridine) groups and six guests, all monoanions (Cl, CH3CO2, NO3, H2PO4,
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The association constants of the complexes formed by two hosts containing pyrrole, amide and azine (pyridine and 1,8-naphthyridine) groups and six guests, all monoanions (Cl, CH3CO2, NO3, H2PO4, BF4, PF6), have been determined using NMR titrations. The X-ray crystal structure of the host N2,N5-bis(6-methylpyridin-2-yl)-3,4-diphenyl-1H-pyrrole- 2,5-dicarboxamide (1) has been solved (P21/c monoclinic space group). B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) and calculations were carried out in an attempt to rationalize the trends observed in the experimental association constants. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Recognition)

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