Special Issue "Nanoparticle-based Sensors for Molecular Imaging"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Fernando Herranz
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Guest Editor
Instituto de Química Médica, CSIC, Madrid, Spain
Interests: nanomedicine; molecular imaging; iron oxide nanoparticles; atherosclerosis
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Nanoparticle-based sensors for imaging might be defined as chemical devices composed of a nanostructured component, providing the signal, and at least one vector, providing the biological specificity. These sensors give non-invasive real-time information about the presence of one or several biomarkers of interest. Depending on the imaging technique, the information can also be quantitative. Examples of this approach have been reported with all kinds of nanoparticles, from iron oxide nanoparticles to quantum dots, liposomes, and polymeric nanoparticles, to name but a few. These examples cover all molecular imaging techniques: positron emission tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, optical imaging, optoacoustic imaging, magnetic particle imaging, etc. A key characteristic of these sensors is their nanostructure. Their nanoscale gives a particular feature that is not possible to obtain with traditional molecular examples.

This Special Issue is devoted to the synthesis and application of any type of nanoparticle capable of acting as an in vivo sensor in molecular imaging.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

Nanoparticles as MRI sensors (T1 and/or T2);

Nanoparticles radiolabeled for nuclear imaging;

Nanoparticles for magnetic particle imaging;

New synthetic methods;

New bioconjugation approaches for molecular imaging applications;

Nanoparticles for optoacoustic imaging;

Nanoparticles as fluorescent imaging sensors.

Dr. Fernando Herranz
Guest Editor

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  • imaging sensors
  • nanoparticle
  • nanomedicine

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