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Special Issue "Present and Future of Medicinal Chemistry Research: A Young Researchers’ Perspective"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Marta Barniol-Xicota

Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, KU Leuven - University of Leuven. Herestraat 49, box 802, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
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Interests: medicinal chemistry; chemical probes; membrane proteins; SMALPS; malaria; rhomboid proteases; peptide chemistry; druggability; drug design
Guest Editor
Dr. Marta Ruiz Santa Quiteria Saavedra

Organic Molecular Materials, Department of Organic Chemistry, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Avda/ Complutense s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: medicinal chemistry; protein–protein interactions; leishmaniasis; peptide synthesis; drug discovery; fullerenes; HIV
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Diego Muñoz-Torrero

Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, and Institute of Biomedicine (IBUB), University of Barcelona, Av. Joan XXIII, 27-31, E-08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: multitarget anti-Alzheimer agents; hybrid compounds; cholinesterase inhibitors; amyloid anti-aggregating compounds; BACE-1 inhibitors; antiprotozoan compounds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the main aim of sharing the latest medicinal chemistry research results, giving voice to young researchers, the young division of the Spanish Medicinal Chemistry Society (SEQT) initiated, four years ago, a series of conferences, where post-doc, pre-doc, Master’s degree, and Bachelor’s degree students were given the opportunity to present and discuss their research results in a top-level scientific environment. Since the first edition in 2014, the SEQT young division symposium (SJI-SEQT) has been gaining attention, as well as participation, to become, in the upcoming fifth edition, a hallmark for young medicinal chemistry researchers in Spain, but also all over the globe. The V Conference of the SEQT young division (SJI-SEQT-2018) will be held in Madrid on June 22, 2018, at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) headquarters, with registration being open, not only for junior, but also senior, researchers. All in all, SJI-SEQT-2018 will bring together senior, renowned scientists and young, highly motivated researchers in a one-day dynamic event that fosters networking, new collaborations, and excellent science (more details can be found at http://www.seqt.org/es/eventos/symposium-jovenes/).

As a further step to increase the involvement of young medicinal chemists in the communication of their research results, we have set up this Special Issue of Molecules, where we want to collect original research articles, short communications and reviews on any topic related to medicinal chemistry, in which young researchers play a prominent role (first author and/or corresponding author, shared or not with a senior author). This Special Issue is open to contributions beyond the SJI-SEQT-2018. All submissions to this Special Issue will benefit from a 20% discount over the publication fee.

For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on the website.

Dr. Marta Barniol-Xicota
Dr. Marta Ruiz Santa Quiteria Saavedra
Prof. Dr. Diego Muñoz-Torrero
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.


  • drug design/delivery
  • organic synthesis
  • peptide chemistry
  • chemical biology
  • computational chemistry
  • pharmacology and ADME
  • molecular biology
  • biochemistry
  • new therapeutic targets
  • structure, function, and interactions of proteins
  • protein-protein interactions
  • natural products
  • structural analysis
  • nucleic acids chemistry
  • new bioactive scaffolds
  • nanomaterials and biomaterials
  • crystallography

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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