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Special Issue "Metal-Based Drugs"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carlo Santini

School of Science and Technology, Chemistry Division, University of Camerino, via Sant’Agostino 1, 62032 Camerino (MC), Italy
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Interests: metal-based drugs; coordination chemistry; functional metal complexes; hybrid materials; inorganic and organometallic chemistry; scorpionate ligands; phosphanes; N-heterocyclic carbenes
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maura Pellei

School of Science and Technology, Chemistry Division, University of Camerino, via Sant’Agostino 1, 62032 Camerino (MC), Italy
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Phone: 0737402213
Interests: metal-based drugs; bioinorganic chemistry; coordination chemistry; inorganic materials; organometalllic chemistry; copper; scorpionate ligands; phosphanes N-heterocyclic carbenes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metals have been considered for millennia to have medicinal values, and with the advent of modern medicine, numerous metal-based drugs have proven to be highly effective in clinical settings. Many different metal ions have shown activity against a range of diseases, beyond their well-known applications in cancer (cisplatin) or rheumatoid arthritis (auranofin). The widespread medicinal applications of metal-based compounds have captured the attention of the scientific community in recent years for the variety of compounds studied owing to their wide spectrum of reactivity and the width of their applications in medicinal chemistry for the synthesis of chemotherapeutic and diagnostic molecules not readily accessible to organic compounds.

This Special Issue will cover a selection of recent research and review articles to collect and disseminate some of the most significant and recent contributions in the field of metals used in medicine, highlighting their pharmacological applications in several diseases, such as cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis, and as diagnostic agents.

Prof. Dr. Carlo Santini
Prof. Dr. Maura Pellei
Guest Editors

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 monthly 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.


  • metals in medicine
  • coordination complexes
  • organometallics
  • anticancer agents
  • antibacterial agents
  • metal-based diagnostic agents
  • radiopharmaceuticals
  • chelation therapy
  • chemotherapy

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This special issue is now open for submission.
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