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Electrochemiluminescence: From Fundamentals to Applications

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Electrochemiluminescence (ECL), or electrogenerated chemiluminescence, is an important and powerful analytical tool in the field of bioassays, and in the past few decades has gained increasing interest from both academic and industrial sectors. Indeed, it offers several advantages when compared to other analytical tools, such as high sensitivity, lack of background signal, and direct proportionality of the intensity of the signal emitted to the concentration of the species involved. Last but not least, along with these traits, its relatively low-cost instrumentation has helped to spread the popularity of ECL. In recent years, the growing interest of the scientific community in ECL can be seen in the appearance of numerous innovative ECL luminophores as well as its increasing number of analytical, imaging, and light-emitting applications.

The aim of the current Research Topic is to collect contributions that cover promising, recent, and novel research trends in the field of ECL. Particular emphasis will be devoted to the development of novel ECL probes (organometallic or purely organic), as well as novel coreactants that help activate ECL. 2D and 3D nanostructured architectures (e.g. nanopatterned/nanostructured surfaces, nanoparticles, nanoclusters, etc.) that help to enhance or trigger ECL are of particular interest. Finally, theoretical aspects correlated with fundamental applications of ECL will form an integral part of this theme, as well as its novel and promising applications as tools in analytical electrochemistry (e.g. biosensors), clinical chemistry, imaging, etc.

Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:

 • Theoretical analysis
 • Novel ECL luminophores
 • Novel co-reactants for ECL
 • Application as analytical tool
 • Application in light emitting systems
 • Imaging and microscopy based on ECL
 • ECL devices


Keywords: electrochemiluminescence, ECL probe, coreactants, analytical electrochemistry, nanostructured architectures


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Electrochemiluminescence (ECL), or electrogenerated chemiluminescence, is an important and powerful analytical tool in the field of bioassays, and in the past few decades has gained increasing interest from both academic and industrial sectors. Indeed, it offers several advantages when compared to other analytical tools, such as high sensitivity, lack of background signal, and direct proportionality of the intensity of the signal emitted to the concentration of the species involved. Last but not least, along with these traits, its relatively low-cost instrumentation has helped to spread the popularity of ECL. In recent years, the growing interest of the scientific community in ECL can be seen in the appearance of numerous innovative ECL luminophores as well as its increasing number of analytical, imaging, and light-emitting applications.

The aim of the current Research Topic is to collect contributions that cover promising, recent, and novel research trends in the field of ECL. Particular emphasis will be devoted to the development of novel ECL probes (organometallic or purely organic), as well as novel coreactants that help activate ECL. 2D and 3D nanostructured architectures (e.g. nanopatterned/nanostructured surfaces, nanoparticles, nanoclusters, etc.) that help to enhance or trigger ECL are of particular interest. Finally, theoretical aspects correlated with fundamental applications of ECL will form an integral part of this theme, as well as its novel and promising applications as tools in analytical electrochemistry (e.g. biosensors), clinical chemistry, imaging, etc.

Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:

 • Theoretical analysis
 • Novel ECL luminophores
 • Novel co-reactants for ECL
 • Application as analytical tool
 • Application in light emitting systems
 • Imaging and microscopy based on ECL
 • ECL devices


Keywords: electrochemiluminescence, ECL probe, coreactants, analytical electrochemistry, nanostructured architectures


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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17 August 2020 Abstract
16 November 2020 Manuscript

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17 August 2020 Abstract
16 November 2020 Manuscript

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