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Special Issue "Advances in Molecular Recognition Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.
Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Valencia, Burjassot, Spain
Interests: porous materials; nanomaterials; molecular recognition sorbents; sample treatment; solid-phase extraction; capillary electromigration techniques; capillary/nano liquid chromatography; food analysis
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Molecular recognition is one of the most relevant chemical processes found in biological systems, and includes the well-known examples of receptor–ligand, antigen–antibody, and sugar–lectin interactions, among many others. These processes can also be replicated, in vitro, for performing studies centered on biochemical protocols, as well as other applications related to the development of specific or highly selective media for extraction, sensors, catalysis, drug delivery, etc. In this sense, the design of supports or materials with appropriate functional structures plays an important role in advanced molecular recognition systems. For example, molecular recognition involving polymers and related materials has proven to be one of the most efficient and versatile approaches for incorporating specific molecular recognition sites into polymers for the development of artificial polymeric receptors. Thus, the resultant molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) have found use in a wide range of applications encompassing the fields of separation processes (chromatography and solid-phase extraction), immunoassays, antibody mimics, sensors, catalysis, drug development, and even cell imaging. In addition, other approaches based on the use of supramolecular polymers, host–guest chemistry, or the incorporation of aptamers have recently been adopted to enable environments and materials appropriate for promoting molecular recognition and enhanced affinity. These novel smart materials have a vast number of application areas, including (bio)analytical chemistry, drug delivery, and medical science.
The present Special Issue “Advances in Molecular Recognition Materials” aims to collect and disseminate some of the most significant and recent advancements in molecular recognition materials. The scope is broad, and studies using different techniques or approaches (such as those based on molecular imprinting, aptamers, immune-based sorbents, host–guest chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, etc.) in various applications (including molecular sensing, separation, extraction, catalysis, drug delivery, cell recognition, etc.) are of particular interest to this Special Issue. In addition to the submission of original research articles, reviews and perspective articles regarding promising future directions are also welcome. In covering this promising topic, we hope to represent researchers from all different areas including, but not limited to, polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, material chemistry, biochemistry, and biotechnology.
Prof. Dr. José Manuel Herrero-Martínez
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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.
- molecular imprinting
- host-guest chemistry
- nanostructured materials
- drug delivery
- cell recognition