Special issue “Novel Sensing Materials for Stereoselective Sensors Development and Chiral Pollutant Detection”

It is now available a Special Issue on Chemosensors about stereoselective sensors promoted Prof. Dr. Victor Borovkov, Prof. Riina Aav, Prof. Roberto Paolesse, Dr. Manuela Stefanelli, Dr. Donato Monti

Dear Colleagues,

Chirality (from the Greek word “kheir”, meaning “hand”) is a fundamental concept that has been recognised in chemistry since the second half of nineteenth century. In fact, hard as they try, nobody could ever overestimate its importance, that extends from the synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds, pharmaceutical and biologically active molecules, theoretical studies and technological application, to understanding the basic principles and origin of the emergence of Life on our planet.

A chiral species is a single molecule or molecular assembly that cannot be superimposed with its mirror image. Chiral molecules are consequently present as two stereoisomers, called enantiomers, and, importantly, they are the main building blocks of living organism. On a daily basis, chiral molecules are conventionally used and produced by pharmaceutical, food, agrochemical, perfume, and cosmetics industries. As a result, chiral waste becomes an extremely important issue at present. Chiral compounds can be ecologically hazardous, due to their high biological activity, creating a global pollution problem. It is of note, that enantiomers have a different impact on living organisms making it extremely important to differentiate these stereoisomers, which is extremely a difficult and challenging task and usually requires highly specific and costly instruments. Yet, the stereoisomerism of contaminants is presently not considered in detail. For example, ~25% of all pesticides produced are chiral compounds and in many cases they are used as racemic mixtures, while about 70–80% of medical drugs are enantiopure molecules. In this context, the development of portable chemical sensors devices which are reliable, sensitive and rapid, capable of fast, simple and real-time in situ and on site analysis for sensing and discrimination of chiral molecules presents an attractive breakthrough target compared to existing standard instrumental methods.
Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to highlight and overview all aspects of chiral pollution on environment and corresponding detection by using modern analytical approaches.

This issue will also include the design and fabrication of organic/inorganic as well as hybrid sensitive materials. Different aspects will be covered ranging, for example, from the synthesis of the proper building blocks and their characterization to their eventual deposition in solid-state.

All types of papers, including comprehensive reviews on general environmental issues, mini reviews on specialized subjects, accounts of own research work, full experimental or theoretical papers, short communications, technical notes, comments, and others are welcome for consideration.

Prof. Dr. Victor Borovkov
Prof. Riina Aav
Prof. Roberto Paolesse
Dr. Manuela Stefanelli
Dr. Donato Monti

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For more information visit Special Issue webpage

Review meeting in Brussels

February 18 – First review meeting after 1 year INITIO started. It was a great experience, worth both for the work and the nice time spent together. We shared our ideas and received constructive feedback about the work we have done and the one we have still to do!!

Thanks to all the partners for the good job.

Chirality 2019

The 31th International Symposium on Chirality –CHIRALITY 2019 was held on July 14th to 17th in Bordeaux, France. Conference was organized by Reiko ODA, Research Director, CNRS, University of Bordeaux and Jeanne CRASSOUS, Research Director, CNRS, University of Rennes.

This annual three days and a half event features various fields of Chirality. For the 2019 conference, there was a special session for the Enantioseparations honoring some of the founders of the Chirality conferences. Also, the special Initio European Project poster prize was awarded during the conference.

Dr. Donato Monti and Dr. Manuela Stefanelli attended the conference and promulgated the INITIO project activities. Furthermore Dr. Monti led a presentation entitled “Chiral Recognition by Chemical Sensors based on Porphyrin Supramolecular Aggregates” where presented part of the INITIO project activities and finalities.

Flyers and other informative materials about the INITIO project were available on a dedicated desk.

The main topics of conference were :

  • Asymmetric Synthesis & Catalysis
  • Fundamentals
  • Chirality spectroscopy
  • Chiral polymers and materials
  • Supramolecular chirality
  • Chirality in drug designs and biology
  • Chirality at nanoscale
  • Physical and computational aspects
  • Enantioseparations

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