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Special Issue "Modern Sample Preparation Approaches for Separation Science"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nuno Neng

Centro de Química e Bioquímica, Centro de Química Estrutural, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
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Interests: sample preparation; microextraction techniques; analytical method development and validation; environmental and biological analysis; chromatography and hyphenated techniques

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sample preparation is an essential step in most of the analytical methods for environmental and biomedical analysis, since the target analytes are often not detected in their in-situ forms, or the results are distorted by interfering species. The sample preparation techniques often involve elaborate and time-consuming procedures that can take up to 80% of the total analysis time.

In the last decade, modern sample preparation techniques have aimed to comply with the green analytical chemistry principles, leading to simplification, miniaturization, easy manipulation of the analytical devices, low costs, strong reduction or absence of organic toxic solvents, as well as low sample volume requirements.

In this Special Issue, we invite researchers to contribute with original research articles, related to the state-of-the-art of microextraction techniques in sample preparation. We are particularly interested in researches that work towards new sample enrichment approaches for separation science, e.g., chromatography, electrophoresis and/or hyphenated techniques.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • new sample preparation concepts
  • selective enrichment methods
  • sorption-based material, nanomaterial or nanostructured material for sample preparation
  • online-sample preparation strategies

Prof. Dr. Nuno Neng
Guest Editor

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  • sample preparation
  • enrichment techniques
  • sorption-based methods
  • nanomaterial
  • nanostructured materials
  • online-sample preparation
  • microextraction techniques
  • new analytical strategies
  • environmental analysis
  • biological analysis
  • chromatography
  • hyphenated techniques
  • capillary electrophoresis
  • trace analysis

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Open AccessReview A Review of the Extraction and Determination Methods of Thirteen Essential Vitamins to the Human Body: An Update from 2010
Molecules 2018, 23(6), 1484; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23061484
Received: 11 May 2018 / Revised: 12 June 2018 / Accepted: 17 June 2018 / Published: 19 June 2018
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Vitamins are a class of essential nutrients in the body; thus, they play important roles in human health. The chemicals are involved in many physiological functions and both their lack and excess can put health at risk. Therefore, the establishment of methods for
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Vitamins are a class of essential nutrients in the body; thus, they play important roles in human health. The chemicals are involved in many physiological functions and both their lack and excess can put health at risk. Therefore, the establishment of methods for monitoring vitamin concentrations in different matrices is necessary. In this review, an updated overview of the main pretreatments and determination methods that have been used since 2010 is given. Ultrasonic assisted extraction, liquid–liquid extraction, solid phase extraction and dispersive liquid–liquid microextraction are the most common pretreatment methods, while the determination methods involve chromatography methods, electrophoretic methods, microbiological assays, immunoassays, biosensors and several other methods. Different pretreatments and determination methods are discussed. Full article
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