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Special Issue "Lumino and Fluorophores—Illuminating Science and Technology"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Photochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Gregor Drummen

Cellular Stress and Ageing Program, Bionanoscience and Bioimaging Program, BNS, 33647 Bielefeld, Germany
Interests: quantum dots; bionanotechnology; two-photon fluorescence imaging; cellular imaging; fluorescence microscopy; cancer; cell signaling; oxidative stress; lipids and biomembranes; lipid peroxidation; antioxidants; renal pathobiology; extracellular vesicles; Super-resolution microscopy
Guest Editor
Dr. Hellen Ishikawa-Ankerhold

Walter Brendel Centre of Experimental Medicine, Department of Cardiology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Marchioninistraße 27, D-81377 München, Germany
Interests: multiphoton microscopy; intravital microscopy; confocal and super-resolution microscopy; fluorescent probes; Leukocyte Trafficking; atherosclerosis; inflammation; hematopoiesis and cytoskeleton proteins

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ever since the invention of lenses, man has, not only looked into the skies, but also into the realm of the invisible microscopic world of tissues, cells, and micro-organisms. The use of fluorescent labels and the development of various forms of optical microscopy, in particular confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), have significantly advanced our knowledge about the basic mechanisms underpinning biology and the pathophysiological processes that lead to disease. Furthermore, fluorescence-based assays have largely replaced radioactive assays in the lab. In addition, luminescent compounds and particles have enriched various technologies, including display technology, optoelectronics, solar devices, and optical storage.

It is intended that this Special Issue will consider fundamental physicochemical properties, synthesis and modification, biomedical, imaging and assay applications of luminescent compounds and fluorophores, from organic dyes to fluorescent nanoparticles and fluorescent proteins. In this respect, it should be stressed that the luminescent/fluorescent compound always takes centre stage. Previously unpublished experimental, theoretical, prospective, historical, and review papers are solicited on the related topics.

Dr. Gregor Drummen
Dr. Hellen Ishikawa-Ankerhold
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Synthesis and modification of fluorophores
  • Physico-chemical and fluorescent properties
  • Biocompatibility and cytotoxicity
  • Live-cell tracking and imaging
  • Whole animal imaging
  • FRET, FLIM, FRAP, FLIP et al
  • Applications in cell biology and (bio)medicine
  • Fluorescence-based assays and biosensors
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optoelectronics
  • Solar devices

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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Type: Review paper
Authors: Sołoducho, J., Zając, D., Cabaj, J.
Affiliation: Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 27, 50-370 Wrocław, Poland; jadwiga.soloducho@pwr.edu.pl
Abstract: The development of fluorescence imaging techniques has provided effective research tools to investigate many fundamental processes in the life sciences. Organic fluorophores have been widely used i.e. in biological imaging in the visible (400−650 nm) and the first near-infrared (NIR-I, 650−900 nm) regions [1], as well as photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy applications [2]. Structural engineering on organic molecules can afford powerful tunability on the optical properties of the fluorophores and versatile conjugation methods with target biomolecules.
A promising strategy for generating very bright fluorescent probes is based on the development of nanoparticles consisting of highly fluorescent semiconducting polymers. There has been steady progress in creating fluorescent semiconducting polymers as the active material in polymer light-emitting devices [3]. Semiconducting polymers have also been extensively used as highly sensitive chemical and biological sensors [4]. Semiconducting polymer nanoparticles were originally developed for preparing thin films with nanoscale domains in optoelectronic devices.


Figure. Fluorescent materials with conducting properties


  1. Haque, A.; Faizi, M. S. H.; Rather, J. A.; Khan, M. S. Bioorg. Med. Chem. 2017, 25, 2017−2034.
  2. Jin, Y.; Ye, F.; Zeigler, M.; Wu, C.; Chiu, D. T. ACS Nano 2011, 5 (2), 1468−1475.
  3. Wu, H.B.; Ying, L.; Yang, W.; Cao, Y. Chem Soc Rev. 2009, 38, 3391-3400.
  4. Baluta, S.; Malecha, K.; Zając, D.; Sołoducho, J.; Cabaj, J. Sens. Actuat. B, 2017, 252, 803–812.
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