Special Issue "Smart Tools for Smart Applications: New Insights into Inorganic Magnetic Systems and Materials"

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Solid-State Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesca Garello
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Molecular and Preclinical Imaging Centers, Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, University of Torino, Torino, Italy
Interests: Magnetic Resonance Imaging; NMR techniques; Relaxometry; MRI contrast agents; Nanoparticles and Microparticles; SPIO; Sonosensitive systems; Targeted Drug Delivery; Controlled Drug Delivery; Theranostics
Dr. Roberto Nisticò
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Department of Applied Science and Technology - DISAT, Polytechnic of Torino, Torino, Italy
Interests: AgNPs; Bio-based materials; Functional coatings; Hybrids; Magnetic materials; Nanomaterials; Nanoparticles and nanostructured materials and films; Natural polymers; Photocatalysis; Sol-gel
Prof. Dr. Federico Cesano
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Department of Chemistry, University of Torino, Via P. Giuria, 7, 10125 Torino, Italy
Tel. +39 011 6707834
Interests: 2D Materials; Carbons; Oxides; Polymers and their composite/hybrid materials and nanomaterials; Piezoelectric and piezoresistive materials; Functional materials; Magnetic materials; Interface and surface properties; Microscopies and spectroscopies; Electrical properties
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, micro- and nanosystems with magnetic properties have been extensively investigated in many fields, ranging from physics to medicine. The research in these areas has lately shown that, if the magnetic compounds are opportunely functionalized and modified with moieties and specific functional groups, a plethora of challenging multidisciplinary applications is available, including the development of magnetically-controlled particles, stimuli-responsive materials, magnetically-guided chemical/drug-delivery systems, sensors, spintronics, separation and purification of contaminated groundwater and soils, ferrofluids and magnetorheological fluids, contrast agents for MRI, internal sources of heat for the thermo-ablation of cancer, and so on. Magnetic compounds have been found to be highly selective and effective in all these application fields, from the molecular level to the microscale one. This Special Issue aims at underlining the latest advances in the field of magnetic compounds, nanosystems and materials, covering a large variety of topics related to: Novel synthesis and functionalization methods, properties, applications and use of magnetic systems in chemistry, materials science, diagnostics and medical therapy.

Dr. Francesca Garello
Dr. Roberto Nisticò
Dr. Federico Cesano
Guest Editors

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  • Aggregation and manipulation of particles (by magnetic fields)
  • Characterization and imaging techniques
  • Eco-friendly production of magnetic systems
  • Ferrofluids and magnetic liquid technology
  • Hyperthermia therapy and treatments by magnetic particles
  • Investigation of magnetic properties
  • Low-dimensional (0D, 1D, 2D) magnetic systems and compounds, Magnetically-guided chemicals
  • Magnetically-guided drug delivery systems
  • Magnetic carriers
  • Magnetic clusters, Magnetic metals, alloys and metal oxides
  • Magnetic micelles or vesicles
  • Magnetic motors
  • Magnetic nanoparticles and nanomaterials
  • Magnetic performance and properties
  • Magnetic probes for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Magnetic properties of coordination compounds and crystals
  • Magnetic responsive materials
  • Magnetic sensors
  • Magnetorheological fluids
  • Materials for Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI)
  • Materials/nanomaterials for data storage
  • Single-molecule magnets
  • Technologies for cleaning and environmental applications
  • Technologies for energy production

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1H NMR Relaxometric Analysis of Paramagnetic Gd2O3:Yb Nanoparticles Functionalized with Citrate Groups
Inorganics 2019, 7(3), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/inorganics7030034 - 04 Mar 2019
Gd2O3 nanoparticles doped with different amount of Yb3+ ions and coated with citrate molecules were prepared by a cheap and fast co-precipitation procedure and proposed as potential “positive” contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging. The citrate was used to [...] Read more.
Gd2O3 nanoparticles doped with different amount of Yb3+ ions and coated with citrate molecules were prepared by a cheap and fast co-precipitation procedure and proposed as potential “positive” contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging. The citrate was used to improve the aqueous suspension, limiting particles precipitation. The relaxometric properties of the samples were studied in aqueous solution as a function of the magnetic field strength in order to evaluate the interaction of the paramagnetic ions exposed on the surface with the water molecules in proximity. The nanoparticles showed high relaxivity values at a high magnetic field with respect to the clinically used Gd3+-chelates and comparable to those of similar nanosytems. Special attention was also addressed to the investigation of the chemical stability of the nanoparticles in biological fluid (reconstructed human serum) and in the presence of a chelating agent. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Tentative Title: Use of magnetic nanoparticles as probes for T1-MRI
Author: Fernando Herranz
Affiliation: Instituto de Química Médica (CSIC) and CIBER Enfermedades Respiratorias, Spain

Tentative Title: Magnetic nanomaterials for adsorption of organic pollutants in water treatments
Authors: Marcos E. Peralta 1, Santiago Ocampo 1, Israel Germán Funes 2, Florencia Onaga Medina 2, María E. Parolo 2 and Luciano Carlos 1
Affiliations: 1 Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo en Ingeniería de Procesos, Biotecnología y Energías Alternativas, PROBIEN (CONICET-UNCo), Buenos Aires 1400, Neuquén, Argentina
2 Instituto de Investigación en Toxicología Ambiental y Agrobiotecnología, CITAAC (CONICET-UNCo), Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, Neuquén, Argentina

Tentative Title: Smart Ligands for Efficient 3d-, 4d- and 5d-metal Single-Molecule Magnets
Authors: Panagiota Perlepe, Diamantoula Maniaki, Evangelos Pilichos and Spyros P. Perlepes
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, Greece

Tentative Title: Magnetic composite submicron carriers with structure-dependent MRI contrast
Authors: Anastasia A. Kozlova 1, Sergey V. German 2, Vsevolod S. Atkin 1, Victor V. Zyev 3, Yulia I. Svenskaya 1, Dmitry A. Gorin 2
Affiliations: 1 Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia
2 Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Skolkovo Innovation Center, Moscow, Russia
3 Saratov State Medical University

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