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Special Issue "Ligands for Chelation Therapy and Chelation Technology for Environmental Remediation"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Organometallic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Valeria Marina Nurchi

Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Cagliari, Italy
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Interests: solution equilibria between metal ions and molecules of biomedical and environmental interest (using potentiometry, spectrophotometry, NMR, ESI-MS etc.); distribution of trace elements in human tissues in different pathologies (using ICP-AES); absorption properties of biomasses and nanoparticles towards toxic metal ions in the treatment of wastewaters and polluted soils

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Metal toxicity represents a worldwide major health problem, both in developed and in emerging countries, that concerns environmental, occupational, iatrogenic, and genetic factors. The research efforts invested in the development of treatments for acute and chronic poisonings due to metal overexposure have resulted in effective clinical achievements and in the advancement of scientific knowledge. Nonetheless, these achievements are still inadequate to counteract metal-induced diseases, and a joint effort of chemical, biochemical, pathological, and clinical researchers is still necessary to solve the related clinical problems. In particular, chemical studies will be of great help in the design of chelating agents targeting specific toxic metal ions. Further, applications of chelating agents as imaging agents and as ionophores for supplying the necessary elements to the organism are also of the highest significance.

Besides the clinical uses, chelation technology is currently being developed for metal extraction from contaminated sites and industrial wastes. Comprehensive reviews on the state of the art of all aspects of chelation technology are highly demanded.

For this reason, I am extremely glad for the opportunity to publish a Special Issue in Molecules entirely devoted to papers on chelating agents intended both for chelation therapy and biomedical application and for chelation technology for environmental remediation.

Dr. Valeria Marina Nurchi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 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.


Use of chelating agents:

A) In biomedical applications, in the treatment of
  • Metal intoxication
  • Genetic metal overload diseases
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
B) As imaging agents
C) As ionophores for supplying necessary physiological elements
D) In environmental applications, in the treatment of
  • Industrial wastes
  • Metal contaminated sites

E) In agricultural applications


Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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