Dye Chemistry — In Memory of Prof. Michael R. Detty

A special issue of Chemistry (ISSN 2624-8549). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Organics".

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Department of Chemistry, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Interests: neurodegenerative disease research; synthetic chemistry; reactive oxygen species; molecular probes; photosensitizers; selenium; tellurium; phosphonate
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Dear Colleagues,

Mike brought a long and successful career in industrial chemistry (Kodak) to academia (University at Buffalo), where he further prospered as a well-known researcher, educator, departmental chair, and server to the scientific community. He had a real presence and was a gifted instructor. From this professional angle, he is well known for his accomplishments in carving out complete stories for novel fluorophore designs that contain chalcogenide element centers. His important accomplishments in fluorescent dyes, therefore, often involved selenium, tellurium, and sulfur. A chalcogenapyrylium dye paper from 1990 that showed mitochondrial targeting and fluorescence based on the chalcogen oxidation (Detty, M.R. et al. J. Med. Chem. 1990, 33 (4), 1108–1116; doi:10.1021/jm00166a005) helped form a more focused branch of research in our laboratory and helped further my own self-discovery. I find his medicinal chemistry articles deep and complete; they continue to serve as an understated resource for future discovery from our lab. While we are interested in neurodegenerative disease research, his lab was more oriented towards PDT and cancer research. Therefore, he brought a lot of interesting novel compounds into being that have relevance between different applications.

He made it over to Asia in 2015 for an event I chaired at KAIST entitled the “International Organoselenium Minisymposium (2015)”. I feel comfortable saying he went the extra mile in many aspects of life and science. He was always encouraging; the 1-on-1 professional conversations over the years aided me much.


I want to now invite scientists (in academia, industry, national institutes, etc.) to contribute an article in honor of Mike. I feel he would be happy for the future success of each and every one of you. As an educator and proponent of younger faculty, Mike is deserving of such a Special Issue in his name. If you have a dye-, PDT-, chalcogen-, or fluorescence-related manuscript (or other relevant work) at the ready, please consider contributing to this Special Issue in honor of Mike. I really appreciate your effort and attention, in advance, to help make this proposed Special Issue a reality.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Molecules.

Prof. Dr. David G. Churchill
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  • chalcogen 
  • dye 
  • fluorophore 
  • selenium 
  • tellurium 
  • reactive oxygen species

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Ultrasonic Dyeing of Polyester Fabric with Azo Disperse Dyes Clubbed with Pyridonones and Its UV Protection Performance
by Alya M. Al-Etaibi and Morsy Ahmed El-Apasery
Chemistry 2021, 3(3), 889-895; https://doi.org/10.3390/chemistry3030065 - 24 Aug 2021
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The textile sector is closely linked to environmental pollution as a result of the use of toxic chemicals and their disposal in liquid waste, which negatively affects for the environment. Moreover, textile industries, especially wet processing, consume a large amount of energy, water, [...] Read more.
The textile sector is closely linked to environmental pollution as a result of the use of toxic chemicals and their disposal in liquid waste, which negatively affects for the environment. Moreover, textile industries, especially wet processing, consume a large amount of energy, water, and chemical auxiliaries. Therefore, there is an urgent need to find a solution that takes the problem of environmental pollution into account. Considering ultrasound as an environmentally safe alternative for dyeing polyester fabrics with the disperse dyes that we have prepared before, the comparison between the ultrasonic dyeing method and conventional dyeing at low temperatures was investigated. Dye exhaustion on polyester fabrics and fastness properties such as the washing, rubbing, light, and perspiration of all of the dyed fabrics were performed by two dyeing methods. Additionally, the ultraviolet protection factors (UPF) for dyed polyester fabrics were evaluated. Full article
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