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Special Issue "(Mass Spectrometric) Non Target Screening–Techniques and Strategies"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Thomas Letzel

Chair of Urban Water Systems Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Garching, Germany
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Interests: analytical chemistry; environmental analysis; biofunctional analysis; non-target screening workflows; liquid phase separation strategies (RPLC, HILIC, SFC, etc.); mass spectrometry (ionization techniques and analysers)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

(Mass spectrometric) non-target screening is a preferably comprehensive and untargeted (predominantly organic molecules detecting) approach combining analytical measurements with adapted data evaluation concepts and statistical data interpretation. It is very suitable for the identification of new, unexpected, or unknown organic compounds, as well as for profiling “process-relevant” molecules via statistical methods.

Non-target screening (NTS) provides special benefits for the investigation of complex samples in various disciplines. Even well characterized samples can contain relevant and yet undetected compounds. Depending on the nature of the sample and the aim of the analytics, the presence of such unknown compounds can be of concern and relevance. Non-target screening is a universal technique that can be applied in many areas, such as environmental, forensic, food, metabolomics, and other analysis. Since several meetings in 2016 (and later) regarding this topic, and after many books and publications, the NTS topic has gained a new level of knowledge and awareness.

Some of which will be presented on the SWEMSA 2019 meeting in Erding/Germany (see https://www.mdpi.com/journal/molecules/events and www.swemsa.eu), to which we want to invite you.
Regarding this workshop, we ask you to submit a manuscript for publication in this Special iIssue in the analytical chemistry section. The focus will not be on the applications themselves, but on the techniques, strategies, NTS software, and platforms, as well as data evaluation workflows and other developments in NTS. If you are interested in publishing your resent developments as open-access, do not hesitate to contact me.

Dr. Thomas Letzel
Guest Editor

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.


  • Mass spectrometric non-target screening (NTS)
  • NTS Workflows
  • NTS strategies
  • NTS techniques (separation, ionization, and detection)
  • HPLC
  • SFC
  • GC
  • MS/MS
  • Open access software
  • NTS data evaluation

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