Extraction, Isolation, and Characterization of Plant Natural Products Using Conventional and Non-conventional Techniques

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 133

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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Chile, Las Palmeras 3425, Nuñoa, Santiago 7800024, Chile
Interests: conventional and non-conventional extraction; isolation of secondary metabolites from terrestrial and marine organisms; nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS); green chemistry from natural products
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Dear Colleagues,

The extraction of secondary metabolites depends on many conditions, such as the extraction technique and the extraction solvent used. Such techniques can be divided into conventional or non-conventional. Conventional techniques use organic solvents, temperature, and agitation, such as with Soxhlet, maceration, and hydrodistillation techniques. On the other hand, non-conventional techniques reduce energy use and are considered clean techniques (Green); supercritical extraction, pressurized liquid extraction, ultrasound- and microwave-assisted extraction, pulsed electric field, high hydrostatic pressure, and high voltage electrical discharges are all non-conventional techniques. For the isolation of plant natural products along with their purification, some classic techniques, including traditional chromatography (open column, chromatotron, etc), liquid chromatography, and countercurrent chromatography, are essential.

This Special Issue aims to include the most recent processes used in the extraction, isolation, and purification of plant natural products. Therefore, it focuses on extraction and isolation using classical methods and novel methodologies; structural characterization based on NMR and MS/MS; identification of extracts via hyphenated techniques and their pharmacological applications. We hope that our colleagues can contribute original research papers and/or reviews according to their expertise.

Dr. Carlos Areche
Guest Editor

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  • conventional extraction
  • chromatography
  • HPLC
  • structural elucidation
  • unconventional extraction
  • green chemistry
  • green technology
  • natural products
  • plants
  • supercritical fluids
  • ultrasound
  • microwave

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