Special Issue "Nanoparticles on Supramolecular Sensing"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Roberta Pinalli
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Italy
Interests: supramolecular chemistry; supramolecular sensors; supramolecular and stimuli-responsive polymers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

High-sensitive and high-selective sensors are required for a broad range of applications in chemistry, biology, environmental monitoring, and healthcare. To this end, supramolecular chemistry offers a wide choice of synthetic receptors specifically tuned for selectively binding different analytes, ranging from simple ions to complex organic molecules. Molecular recognition is one of the most important events in biology and an important paradigm in supramolecular sensing. It is based on geometry complementarity and the presence of specific synergic interactions, such as hydrogen bonding, π–π stacking, cation–π, and CH–π interactions between a host and a guest. In living systems, molecular recognition events occur mostly within interfacial environments, such as at membrane surfaces and enzyme reaction sites, where specific binding interactions can be achieved more efficiently. Harnessing the potential of synthetic receptors in sensing requires mastering weak interactions at the solid–liquid or at the solid–gas interfaces. Nanoparticles functionalized with supramolecular host–guest systems are considered one of the most promising tools for the detection of a large number of analytes. Nanoparticle–synthetic receptor-based sensors have multiple advantages, including simple sample preparation, low cost, and high sensitivity. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials (Current Impact Factor: 4.034, Cite Score, Scopus data 2018, 4.21, which equals rank 66/439 (Q1) in 'General Materials Science' and rank 29/272 (Q1) in 'General Chemical Engineering), “Nanoparticles in Supramolecular Sensing”, aims at collecting articles or minireviews that highlight the last results and continuous efforts in developing new functionalized nanoparticles to be used as high-fidelity sensors.

Dr. Roberta Pinalli
Guest Editor

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  • supramolecular chemistry
  • supramolecular sensors
  • nanoparticles
  • synthetic receptors
  • molecular recognition
  • solid–liquid interfaces
  • solid–gas interfaces

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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