Special Issue "The Applications of Sensors and Biosensors in Investigating Drugs, Nutraceuticals and Foods"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019
Our life is continuously under siege by aggressive media related to environmental pollution. Foods play a dual role in this:
- They suffer this situation and become a further source of danger and risk: This occurs when they lack safety conditions because of the transfer of pollutants from the environment to them; in fact, this loss can also be ascribed to artificially-added compounds present to increase the commercial value of food itself
- They have become a defense instrument for humans, as most foods are functional to restoring the activity needed after the above mentioned damages; this aspect is the main reason for the birth of nutraceuticals: Foods acting as drugs—but without their secondary effects—due to their composition.
- The rapid analysis of drugs, pharmaceutical formulations and nutraceuticals are increasingly required, both for a certain amount of deregulation of the production of drugs on the market and for the increasing contribution of drugs to the problem of environmental pollution.
Corresponding to this double role, foods need to be controlled for their composition, quality, and safety. Analytical chemistry has proposed official methods for the analysis of this matrix, but, in some cases, these methods are time consuming, not so easy to be managed in a lab, and are sometime costly. Sensor science, born especially for environmental reasons, has found further applications in many other fields, one of which is represented by foods. This Special Issue is dedicated to sensors for the assessment of the composition, quality, and safety of foods, drugs and nutraceuticals.
Prof. Dr. Luigi Campanella
Prof. Dr. Mauro Tomassetti
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