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Special Issue "Chemistry of Macrocycles"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Kieran Nolan

Dublin City University, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin, Ireland
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Interests: Medicinal chemistry; environmental chemistry; macrocyclic/receptor chemistry for sensor development and pollution remediation; photocatalysis; flow chemistry; porphyrins and phthalocyanines

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past one hundred years, macrocycle chemistry has played a dominant role in the development of modern chemistry. In the past, the chemistry of macrocycles has offered rich opportunities with respect to modern industrial applications that include colorants, metal extractants, information storage, catalysis, chemical sensing, separation science, marketed cancer/eye therapies, and even molecular machines, to name just a few. More recently, over the past 15 years, macrocycles have re-emerged as excellent candidates in the areas of self-assembly, small molecule encapsulation, sustainable energy production, theranostics, drug design, and drug delivery. Furthermore, with the design and creation of new macrocycle metal organic frameworks, the path to the invention of new materials for heterogeneous catalysis and small molecule/gas sorption/storage has arrived.

Aside from industrial applications, over the past fifty years, macrocycle chemistry has afforded chemists in the field a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate creativity and ingenuity in the design, preparation, and isolation of some very elegant molecular scaffolds.

This Special Issue will feature the more recent developments in macrocyclic chemistry, with emphasis on the design and application of macrocycles in drug design, drug delivery, catalysis, self-assembly, sensors/theranostics, and macrocyclic metal organic frameworks. Both original papers and review articles are welcome.

Dr. Kieran Nolan
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. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 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.


  • drug development
  • drug design, drug delivery
  • theranostics
  • molecular recognition—sensors, catalysis
  • self-assembly
  • macrocycle inorganic hybrids, metal organic frameworks
  • extractants, coordination chemistry

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