Special Issue "Quantum Dot (Bio)sensing Platforms"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "B:Biology and Biomedicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 257

Special Issue Editors

Chemistry Department and CESAM, University of Aveiro, 3800-724 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: nanomaterials; biomedical applications; environmental applications
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Departamento de Química Fundamental, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife 50740-570, Brazil
Interests: nanomaterials; quantum dots; plasmonic nanomaterials; MRI contrast agents; optical sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Quantum dots (QDs) have been employed for a wide range of applications such as in energy, healthcare, catalysis, and the environment. Nevertheless, a key application of these nanocrystals is as sensors, due to their unique photophysical properties, size, and chemically active surface. The improvements that have been made in their preparation methodologies have allowed the control and tuning of their optical properties and the manipulation of their surface, enhancing the efficiency, specificity, and selectivity of QDs-based sensors. Furthermore, these sensors can be user-friendly, practical, and portable, allowing in situ measurements that can be essential for biomedical and environmental monitoring.

QDs’ application started as fluorescent probes for biological systems to substitute organic dyes. However, nowadays, their range of applications has increased, and they are also applied as (bio)sensors in several areas, taking advantage of their fluorescent, plasmonic, and/or electronic properties. Additionally, novel (bio)sensors based on QDs are being developed every day for a variety of purposes. Thus, in this Special Issue, we are interested in works reporting on the development and application of QDs as (bio)sensors for several uses, from the biomedical to the environmental areas. Researchers are encouraged to contribute to this Special Issue with research papers, communications, and review articles.

Dr. Goreti Pereira
Prof. Dr. Giovannia A. L. Pereira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • semiconductor nanocrystals
  • optical sensors
  • plasmonic sensors
  • electrochemical sensors
  • biosensors
  • biomedical applications
  • environmental applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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