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Special Issue "Actinoids in Biologic Systems and Catalysis"
A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2022) | Viewed by 6999
Special Issue Editor
Special Issue Information
The past few decades witnessed the quick growth of our knowledge in actinoid chemistry, including their behaviors in catalysis and in biologic systems. Knowledge around these issues is important to the sustainable civil application of nuclear fission energy and contributes to an objective evaluation of potential influence to the environment and to health. Studies in these two issues have touched upon the fundamental nature of coordination chemistry of actinoids.
In the field of catalysis, low valent actinoid complexes have been reported to display intriguing reactivities to the activation of small molecules, e.g., CO2 and N2, which opened a new path to their activation and to the synthesis of more complex chemical compounds. These studies showed the potential to make use of isotopes with low radioactivity in catalysis that otherwise require geological disposal. This deserves extensive studies.
In the fields of bioinorganic chemistry and biophysics of actinoids, which have benefited from advanced experimental techniques and computational methodologies, an initial structure-based understanding of the interaction between in vivo actinoids and target proteins has been obtained, which has contributed to protein engineering by means of computer design and molecular biology to engineer proteins with improved binding affinities for actinoids. This knowledge also benefits the development of decorporation reagents.
These knowledges have shaped new views on the actinoids and will offer extensive influence on their civil application.
With this Special Issue, we hope to collect the recent research progress and opinions in the studies of actinoids in catalysis and in biological systems from both senior groups who have framed penetrating views and junior groups with active research interest in these issues. Submissions on the experimental techniques and methodologies that may be applied to study f-block chemistry and biophysics, and on the coordination chemistry of heavy metal systems which may stimulate a new understanding of f-block elements in catalysis and in biology, are also welcome. You are cordially invited to contribute to this Special Issue, in the form of either communications or articles or reviews, and share your opinions and your recent research to the community, through which we together learn from the past and look to the future.
Prof. Dr. Dongqi Wang
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- electronic structure
- bioinorganic chemistry
- coordination chemistry