Special Issue on Nanoparticles and Nanostructures for Sensing and Diagnostic Applications

Published 10 March, 2020

Nanoparticles and nanostructures are being studied extensively for sensing and diagnostic applications. These materials possess many unique and novel properties that are suitable for sensor and diagnostic test development. The versatility of nanoparticles and structures can be increased by their modification with chemicals, ligands, and biomolecules for the detection of a wide range of target molecules and species, including but not limited to small molecule detection, toxic metal ions, proteins, DNAs, RNAs, viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms.

In recent years, sensors based on optical, electrical, and catalytic properties of nanoparticles and nanostructures have been explored extensively and used in a number of complicated applications, where traditional techniques are either not useful or available. In view of these innovative and intense R&D efforts, newer materials for developing sensors and diagnostic technologies as well as commercial products are becoming more popular in the biomedical market.

This special issue will publish novel, high quality, original research articles as well as reviews/short communications focused on Nanoparticles and Nanostructures for Sensing and Diagnostic Applications. We invite researchers, professors, medical practitioners and scientists from academic community as well as industrial sectors and hospitals to contribute their novel publishable works to this special issue.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel nanoparticles and nanostuctured materials with sensing application potentials
  • Fundamental studies leading to better design of new sensors and new diagnostic tests. In particular, understanding between nanoparticles or nanostructures and biological systems including cells, tissues, the immune system, blood, blood serum/plasma, and other biological or body fluids
  • Nanoparticle and nanostructure-based diagnostic tests for point-of-care settings
  • New bioassays and sensors for laboratory biomedical research applications
  • Sensors and diagnostic tests for infectious diseases and cancer detection and diagnosis
  • Assay platform using nanoparticles and nanostructures for new drug and pharmaceutical development (Companion diagnostic tests)
  • Sensors for environmental pollution detection and monitoring
  • Sensors for food safety monitoring
  • Sensors and diagnostic tests with agricultural applications

In each of these topics, we would like to receive at least two manuscripts. All articles submitted will go through rigorous peer review where plagiarism and language will be checked and the novelty of the subject matter will be assessed. 

It is anticipated that around 25-30 articles/reviews/short communications will be considered after the final review process for this special issue.

Important Deadlines

  • Submissions Open: March 15, 2020 
  • Deadline for Submissions: October 31, 2020

Submission Instructions

Contributions of all types of articles are free of charge and are not levied on the authors.

Guest Editors

  • Prof. Qun Treen Huo, University of Central Florida, USA. Email: Qun.Huo@ucf.edu
  • Prof. Yen Nee Tan, Newcastle University, UK and Singapore. Email: yennee.tan@newcastle.ac.uk

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