Special Issue "Bioinspired Catechol-based Systems: Chemistry and Applications"
A special issue of Biomimetics (ISSN 2313-7673).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017)
Prof. Marco d'Ischia
Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Via Cintia 4, I-80126 Naples, Italy
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Interests: Chemistry, properties and applications of melanins and related functional materials; bioorganic and biomimetic chemistry of phenolic compounds and their sulfur and selenium derivatives; bioinspired organic electronics and bioelectronics; free radical oxidations and antioxidants; chemistry of bioinspired heterocyclic compounds; the oxidative chemistry of catecholamine neurotransmitters; the chemical bases of oxidative stress-related pathologies
Dr. Daniel Ruiz-Molina
Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, ICN2 Building Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
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Interests: hybrid colloids and surfaces; biomimetic functional nanostructures; coordination polymers and micro-/nanoparticles for smart applications and encapsulation/delivery systems
The imitation of Nature’s chemical principles and logic is a major competitive strategy for the design and implementation of innovative molecular devices and systems for advanced technological and biomedical applications. A unique source of inspiration and opportunities in this context is provided by catechols and their derivatives, a specific class group of phenolic compounds that provide the core reactive unit in a number of bioactive compounds and biopolymers. The aim of this Special Issue is to collect together the contributions from different laboratories working on catechol systems. By covering issues from basic chemistry and biochemistry to free radical and computational modeling, new antioxidants, biocompatible structures for coatings, hydrogels and smart polymers for biomedical applications, it provides an updated view of the status quo and perspectives in a rapidly growing field of basic and applied research. The present collection of papers, taking advantage of open access format, is expected to provide a paradigm of the power of biomimetic approaches for discovering new important research avenues and for innovative solutions in biomedicine and technology.
To further its aims of combining basic research and applications, this Special Issue is divided into two main parts:
Part a) Chemistry, covering topics such as: catechol chemistry; o-semiquinone free radicals; quinone synthesis; computational investigation of semiquinone free radicals and complex catechol systems; the thiol o-quinone coupling reaction; antioxidants; catechol quinone biochemistry; dopa chemistry in mussel byssus proteins.
Part b) Applications, including catechol-based functional polymers, mussel-inspired surface functionalization and coatings, catechols for nanotechnological applications, natural catechols in materials science.
We believe that this initiative will fill an important gap in biomimetic chemistry and will stimulate the enthusiastic contributions of leading experts in the field.
Prof. Marco d’Ischia, Dr. Daniel Ruiz-Molina
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• computational studies
• quinones, semiquinones
• free radicals
• metal chelates
• biomaterials and biopolymers
• functional systems