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Special Issue "Dendrimers in Medicine: Theme Issue Honoring Professor Jean-Pierre Majoral on His 80th Birthday"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ashok Kakkar
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, McGill University, 801 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0B8, Canada
Interests: nanostructures; soft nanoparticles; macromolecules; dendrimers; miktoarm polymers; telodendrimers, naked nanocarriers; metal nanoparticles; gold nanoshells; iron oxide nanoparticles; nanomedicine; drug delivery; diagnostics
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Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Caminade
Guest Editor
Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, CNRS, 205 Route de Narbonne, 31077 Toulouse Cedex 4, France
Interests: dendrimers; macromolecules; hyper-branched polymers; nanostructures; phosphorus chemistry; soft and hard nanoparticles; coordination chemistry; homogeneous catalysis; nanomaterials; fluorescence; nanomedicine; drug delivery; theranostic

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hyperbranched macromolecules with a unique build-up, the so-called dendrimers, have provided a fertile platform since the 1980s to explore their potential in a variety of areas including medicine. Parallel to the developments taking place in poly(amidoamine amine) (PAMAM, Donald A. Tomalia) and poly(aryl ether) (Jean M. J. Frechet) dendrimers, organo-phosphorus dendrimers developed by the group of Jean-Pierre Majoral and Anne-Marie Caminade were starting to take shape in streamlining their synthesis, and understanding their properties. Since then, phosphorus dendrimers have become increasingly popular in designing a diverse range of nanomaterials for applications in catalysis, nanomedicine and biology. With fascinating research contributed by numerous scientists, dendrimers with varied backbones continue to invoke great interest, particularly in addressing key issues in biomedical sciences.

Molecules is pleased to host a special issue entitled “Dendrimers in Medicine: Theme Issue Honoring Professor Jean-Pierre Majoral on his 80th Birthday” to congratulate Professor Jean-Pierre Majoral at the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2021, and celebrate his outstanding contributions to the area of dendrimers.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Majoral obtained his BSc, followed by a PhD, from the University of Paul Sabatier (UPS), Toulouse, France in 1973. He subsequently spent a year at University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK) as a Post-doctoral Fellow. He started his academic career at Laboratoire de Chimie Physique at the UPS, Toulouse (France), in 1972 as Attaché de Recherche, then moved to the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, CNRS, Toulouse, France in 1988, and arose to the status of Directeur de Recherche Classe Exceptionnelle CNRS in 1997. He was appointed as Directeur de Recherche CNRS Emerite in 2006, and holds that position currently. He was the Vice-Director of Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, Toulouse, France from 1998–2002, and Editor-in-Chief of New Journal of Chemistry from 2005–2009. He is also the co-founder of two companies Dendris (2009), and Biodendrimer International (2011). He has received numerous awards including Award of the French Chemical Society, Coordination Chemistry Division (1990); Prix Jecker Award of the French Academy of Sciences (1993); Wittig Grignard Award of the German Chemical Society (1994); von Humboldt Foundation Award (1995); Catalan-Sabatier Award of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2002); Le Bel Award of the French Chemical Society (2003); Nanqiang Lecture Award (China, 2007); Doctor Honoris Causa University of Lodz, Poland 2014; Consulting Professor, Donghua University, Shanghai, China, 2018; and Universitatis Lodzensis Amico Medal, Poland, 2019. He is also a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters (1997); Academia Europeae (1999); Polish Academy of Sciences (2000); Akademie der Wissenchaften (German Academy of Sciences, 2005); Grand Prix Emile Jungfleisch, Academie des Sciences, France (2008), as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2004). Professor Majoral has published more than 660 papers with an h-index of 66, and has ever increasing 17000 citations of his work.

Professors Ashok Kakkar and Anne-Marie Caminade, and the Editors of Molecules, invite scientists to join us in celebrating Professor Jean-Pierre Majoral’s exceptional achievements by contributing original research articles as well as reviews.

Prof. Dr. Ashok Kakkar
Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Caminade
Guest Editors

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  • Dendrimers
  • Phosphorus dendrimers
  • Hyperbranched macromolecules
  • Dendrons
  • Telodendrimers
  • Nanomedicine
  • Dendrimers in drug and gene delivery
  • Biomedical applications of dendrimers
  • Dendrimers as sensors

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