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Special Issue "Probes for Detection, Sensing and Imaging"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Run Zhang

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland, Australia
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Interests: biosensors; bionanoprobes; chemosensors; bioimaging; theranostic nanomaterials; bio-/nano-interface
Guest Editor
Dr. D. Amilan Jose

Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology (NIT) Kurukshetra, Kurukshetra-136119, India
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Interests: biosensors; chemosensors; gasotransmitter delivery; colorimetric sensors; nano vesicles
Guest Editor
Dr. Hang Thu Ta

School of Pharmacy and Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
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Interests: molecular imaging; imaging nanosensor; targeted delivery; targeted treatment; theranostic nanomaterials
Guest Editor
Prof. Mingqian Tan

School of Food Science and Technology, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian 116034, Liaoning, China
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Phone: +86-411-8631-8657
Interests: imaging-guided delivery; molecular targeting; molecule encapsulation; food nanotechnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent advances of chemical and biomedical studies have catalysed the development of new probes for precise and accurate detecting, sensing and imaging of specific molecules in biological, environmental and food systems. In biological investigations, the probes enable the sensing and imaging of the physiological and pathological roles of invisible biomarkers in cells, tissues and organisms, thus contributing to early diagnosis of various diseases, such as inflammatory disorders, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. They can also facilitate drug development and studies on biological mechanisms by offering monitoring of drug trafficking in the body and molecular events in living organisms. In environmental and food systems, probes are particular useful for the detection of pathogens, toxic molecules, heavy metal ions, anions, etc. The rapid progress of probe development and its applications in various research fields have caused us to organise this Special Issue to exchange research outcomes and ideas.

This Special Issue, to be published in Molecules, focuses on the most recent investigative advances in probes for detecting, sensing and imaging. Contributions including but not limited to original research papers, up-to-date reviews, and technique reports of the following and related topics are invited:

  • Design, preparation and characterisation of probes;
  • Molecule and/or nanomaterial based probes;
  • Fundamental mechanisms for probes development;
  • Probes for biological, environmental and analytical applications;
  • Types of probes;
  • Probes for molecular imaging/detection of diseases;
  • Analytical tools for detection and bioimaging;
  • Probe applications in food safety detection;
  • Probes for food functional components tracking;
  • Synthesis and application of probes derived from food components.

Dr. Run Zhang
Dr D. Amilan Jose
Dr. Hang Thu Ta
Prof. Mingqian Tan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.


  • Chemosensors
  • Biosensors
  • Bio-imaging
  • Nanoprobes
  • Detection methods
  • Optical probes
  • MRI probes
  • CT probes
  • PET probes
  • Food-borne probes
  • Molecular imaging

Published Papers

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