Special Issue "Medicinal Metal Ions and Metal-Based Complex"

A special issue of Pharmaceuticals (ISSN 1424-8247). This special issue belongs to the section "Medicinal Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 February 2024 | Viewed by 101

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rosita Cappai
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Chemical, Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy
Interests: analytical chemistry; bioinorganic chemistry; solution equilibria; metal complexes
Department of Environmental and Life Science, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Interests: analytical chemistry; solution equilibria; bioinorganic chemistry; chelating agents; toxic metal ions; environmental chemistry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Metals and metal complexes play a fundamental role in bioinorganic and medicinal chemistry. They can be essential in several biochemical processes for living organisms and fundamental in catalysis, materials synthesis, photochemistry, and biological systems. Additionally, the use of metals and their salts for medicinal purposes has been present throughout history.

The expanding knowledge surrounding their coordination chemistry is strongly dependent on understanding both thermodynamic and kinetic behavior in a given context, which is crucial for the design of new compounds for therapeutic and diagnostic use, such as with anticancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s treatment, as well as PET and MRI.

In this Special Issue, Pharmaceuticals welcomes original research articles and reviews devoted to thermodynamics and kinetics complexation, solution equilibria, metals transport, homeostasis and toxicity, metal-based drugs in diagnosis and therapy, metal complex interactions with biomolecules, complexation processes in supramolecular chemistry, and analytical methods and sensors based on complexation equilibria within the field medicinal bioinorganic chemistry and its applications.

Dr. Rosita Cappai
Prof. Dr. Valeria M. Nurchi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • metal complexes
  • metal-based drugs
  • medicinal chemistry
  • chelating agents
  • solution equilibria

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