Development of New Tools for Recognizing Natural Toxins

A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021) | Viewed by 692

Special Issue Editors

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International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Avenida Mestre José Veiga, 4715-330 Braga, Portugal
Interests: biosensors; nanomaterials; water chemical contaminants; biotoxins; marine and freshwater toxins

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Guest Editor
International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), 4715-330 Braga, Portugal
Interests: electrochemical sensors; nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The severity of some intoxications derived from natural toxins, and their relation with environmental phenomena such as eutrophication, climate change, water pollution, or intensive agriculture, highlights the need for adequate monitoring tools for the already known molecules and the identification and detection of new toxic compounds.

A great deal of the recent developments for already known toxins rely on advances in new technologies for analytical systems and biosensing (in lab bench analysis and in situ), including nanotechnology and microfabrication, new materials, and molecular biology-based methods. The development of selective materials to streamline the preprocessing of the samples for their further analysis or for their specific detection are among the most interesting advances in this field. Among them, molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs), and bioreceptors (antibodies, enzymes, proteins, aptamers) present diverse advantages associated to their particular properties.

In the same way, in recent years, non-targeted analysis (NTA) methods have started to develop mainly based on high-resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS), allowing for the rapid characterization of thousands of never-before-studied compounds in a wide variety of environmental, residential, and biological media. NTA and suspect-screening analysis (SSA), based on advanced computation and artificial intelligence, are recognized as the main response to the demands of the growing concerns around contaminants in the environment.

This Special Issue will cover advances in the development of tools for identification of natural toxins (known and unknown) with an emphasis on selective monitoring methods, non-targeted analysis (NTA) methods, and new selective materials and bioreceptors.

Dr. Begoña Espiña
Dr. Raquel Queirós
Guest Editors

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  • Adsorption
  • Analytical methods
  • Antibodies
  • Aptamers
  • Biosensors
  • Covalent organic frameworks
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography with tandem Mass Spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS)
  • Microfluidics and microfabrication
  • Molecular Imprinted Polymers
  • Nanotechnology
  • Natural toxins
  • Non-Targeted Analysis (NTA)
  • Solid Phase Adsorption Toxin Tracking Technology (SPATTs)
  • Solid Phase Extraction (SPE)
  • Solid Phase MicroExtraction (SPME)
  • Suspect-Screening Analysis (SSA)

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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