Special Issue "10th Anniversary of Applied Sciences - Emerging Applications in Recent 2 Years"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).

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Prof. Dr. Takayoshi Kobayashi
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Advanced Ultrafast Laser Research Center, The University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1, Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan
Interests: ultrafast and nonlinear optical processes; quantum optics; quantum photobiology
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Dear Colleagues,

Applied Sciences is going to reach a remarkable milestone by publishing its 10th volume and, in celebration of this special occasion, we have taken the initiative to launch a Special Issue called "10th Anniversary of Applied Sciences". We would like to invite you to contribute an original research paper or a comprehensive review article on a trendy or hot topic for peer-review and possible publication.

In 2014, when we obtained the first impact factor for Applied Sciences, we published 35 manuscripts from 53 submissions, i.e., the acceptance rate was roughly 66%. However, we have now significantly improved the review quality; hence, in 2018, we published 2703 manuscripts from 9757 submissions, keeping the acceptance rate below 28%. This provided us with an impact factor jump from 1.484 in 2014 to 2.217 in 2018. We have also reduced the manuscript turnaround time; presently, the median publication time is only 37 days, which will be further reduced in coming days, and we hope to increase the impact factor above 3.0 by the end of 2019. Please help us celebrate our 10th anniversary and submit your article to the Anniversary Edition.

Prof. Dr. Takayoshi Kobayashi
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Message from the Editor-in-Chief: Professor Takayoshi Kobayashi
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(5), 1790; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10051790 - 05 Mar 2020
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Two decades have passed since the first year of the 21st century [...] Full article

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AFM Study of the Influence of Glycerol Flow on Horseradish Peroxidase near the in/out Linear Sections of a Coil
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(4), 1723; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11041723 - 15 Feb 2021
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Flow-based coiled systems, through which a heat transfer fluid (such as glycerol) is pumped, are widely used for thermal stabilization of bioreactors and biosensor cuvettes and cells. Previously, using horseradish peroxidase (HRP) as a model protein, we have demonstrated that the incubation of [...] Read more.
Flow-based coiled systems, through which a heat transfer fluid (such as glycerol) is pumped, are widely used for thermal stabilization of bioreactors and biosensor cuvettes and cells. Previously, using horseradish peroxidase (HRP) as a model protein, we have demonstrated that the incubation of a protein solution in a flow-based system over coiled pipe with flowing glycerol leads to a change in the adsorption properties of the protein macromolecules. Herein, we have studied the effect of the glycerol flow on the properties of HRP, the solution of which was placed differently: i.e., near either the inflow or the outflow linear sections of the pipe, while the coiled section of the pipe was shielded with a grounded metallic cover. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been employed in order to visualize the HRP protein macromolecules adsorbed from its solution onto the mica substrate surface. The quantity of adsorbed protein was estimated based on the AFM data. The enzymatic activity of HRP was estimated by spectrophotometry. We demonstrate that a change in the properties of HRP enzyme was observed after the incubation of its solution near the inflow/outflow linear sections of the pipe with flowing glycerol. Namely, after the incubation of HRP solution near the inflow section, a decrease in the protein adsorption onto mica was observed, but its enzymatic activity remained unchanged in comparison to the control sample. In another case, when the HRP solution was incubated near the outflow section, an increased protein adsorption was observed, while the enzyme exhibited considerably lower activity. Full article
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L-Band Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Tooth Dosimetry Applied to Affected Cattle Teeth in Fukushima
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 1187; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031187 - 28 Jan 2021
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We applied a non-destructive tooth dosimetry technique using L-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to assess radiation doses in cattle due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) accident, which occurred 10 years ago. The radiation exposure of cattle in the area affected [...] Read more.
We applied a non-destructive tooth dosimetry technique using L-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) to assess radiation doses in cattle due to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) accident, which occurred 10 years ago. The radiation exposure of cattle in the area affected by the FDNPS accident was estimated retrospectively with X-band and L-band EPR devices. Characteristic radiation-induced EPR signals were obtained from the teeth of the cattle in Fukushima, confirming their exposure. The estimated doses to the teeth were found to be consistent with the dose trends estimated for individual cows, while considerable uncertainties were seen in the doses of some tooth samples. This variation might be due to errors in the accuracy of the method but also might reflect the actual exposure because the cattle may have been exposed to higher areas of radioactivity in their quest for food and/or due to irradiation from absorption of the isotopes with localization in or near the teeth. However, at a minimum, these results confirm that L-band EPR can be used for non-destructive qualitative assessment of radiation exposure to animals using their teeth, which could be very valuable. Possible causes of the uncertainties should be investigated to enhance the value of the use of this technique. Full article
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