Special Issue "Nanobiosensors Based on Energy Transfer"

A special issue of Biosensors (ISSN 2079-6374).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Karl David Wegner
Guest Editor
Division Biophotonics (BAM-1.2), Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), 12489 Berlin, Germany
Interests: energy transfer; quantum dots; biosensing; bioimaging; nanoparticle synthesis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few decades, sensing strategies based on energy transfer mechanisms, such as Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET), bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET), and chemiluminescence resonance energy transfer (CRET), and also charge transfer mechanisms have enabled the highly sensitive detection of various biomolecules. Their exploitation in numerous biosensing and bioimaging applications has provided new insights into complex biological processes and significantly improved the detection limits of crucial biomarkers. In addition to conventional fluorophores, such as fluorescent dyes or proteins, new fluorescent materials, such as semiconductor nanocrystals, upconversion nanoparticles, fluorescent polymers, metal chelates, various noble metals, and other nanoparticles, have greatly fostered advances in the design of biosensors.

For this Special Issue, we seek manuscripts that use energy transfer mechanisms to design novel nanosensors for biosensing and bioimaging applications. Both reviews and original research articles will be published. Reviews should provide a critical overview of the current state-of-the-art in a particular application domain, such as a specific energy transfer mechanism, in vitro diagnostics, food safety and quality control, environmental pollution, or bioimaging. Reviews on the use of a specific fluorophore, such as semiconductor nanocrystals or other nanoparticles, in energy-transfer-based applications are also of interest. Original research papers that present new energy-transfer-based sensor designs and fundamental studies with potential relevance to biosensing and bioimaging are also welcome.

Dr. Karl David Wegner
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Biosensors 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 1000 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.


  • energy transfer
  • nanotechnology
  • nanomaterials
  • quantum dots
  • fluorescent probes
  • diagnostics
  • bioanalysis
  • point of care
  • imaging
  • food safety
  • environmental pollution

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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