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Nano-Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for Sensing Applications

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The last decade has witnessed the emergence of nanoscale metal-organic frameworks (nano-MOFs) ranging in size from 5 to 500 nm. These have shown impressive success towards enhancing the structural and/or functional characteristics as compared to bulk counterparts for applications in varied areas. The generation of novel and improved properties have specifically widened their scope for highly sensitive, specific, accurate, and rapid sensing of various target components. The analytes range from organic pollutants, metal ions, and gaseous molecules to pathogens, disease biomarkers, and various physiological factors. In addition to bulk properties of MOFs including high surface area and porosity along with structural diversity and tunability, nano-MOFs offer advantages of enhanced optoelectronic properties, high stability, multiple varied functionalities, improved accessibility to internal sites, size compatibility, reduced self-quenching and leaching for sensing. The first use of nano-MOFs in the sensing area was reported as an imaging agent in 2006 by Lin and co-workers. Since then, the use of nano-MOFs in the sensing area is growing exponentially.

The ultimate goal of this Research Topic is to gather information on nano-MOFs with improved chemical and/or physical properties for better sensing of analytes. The research exploring sensing application of such nano-MOFs for the monitoring of environmental, food, biomedical, and industrial samples, to mention a few are will be published. The topic will focus on overcoming the limitations associated with sensors such as low sensitivity and specificity, limited or no reusability, less reproducibility, non-application for on-site detection, delayed response, and high cost. The outcome will be beneficial to the scientists and professionals working in diverse disciplines of materials science, industry, biomedicine, food, and environmental analysis.

We invite researchers to submit Original Research, Reviews and Mini-Reviews exploring, but not restricted to, the following topics:
• Synthesis of novel nano-MOFs with improved physiochemical characteristics
• Strategies to introduce better transducer properties into nano-MOFs for sensing applications
• NanoMOFs for on-site monitoring of environmental pollutants
• Development of portable sensors for detection of food and water toxins using nano-MOFs
• Exploration of nano-MOFs for developing point-of-care diagnostics
• Evaluation of industrial performance parameters via the use of nano-MOFs
• NanoMOFs for analysis of the nutritive value of soil, water, and food samples
• Determination of biomarkers for preventive medicine


Keywords: Metal Organic Frameworks, Nano-MOFs, Sensing applications, biomarker sensing, environmental pollutants


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.

The last decade has witnessed the emergence of nanoscale metal-organic frameworks (nano-MOFs) ranging in size from 5 to 500 nm. These have shown impressive success towards enhancing the structural and/or functional characteristics as compared to bulk counterparts for applications in varied areas. The generation of novel and improved properties have specifically widened their scope for highly sensitive, specific, accurate, and rapid sensing of various target components. The analytes range from organic pollutants, metal ions, and gaseous molecules to pathogens, disease biomarkers, and various physiological factors. In addition to bulk properties of MOFs including high surface area and porosity along with structural diversity and tunability, nano-MOFs offer advantages of enhanced optoelectronic properties, high stability, multiple varied functionalities, improved accessibility to internal sites, size compatibility, reduced self-quenching and leaching for sensing. The first use of nano-MOFs in the sensing area was reported as an imaging agent in 2006 by Lin and co-workers. Since then, the use of nano-MOFs in the sensing area is growing exponentially.

The ultimate goal of this Research Topic is to gather information on nano-MOFs with improved chemical and/or physical properties for better sensing of analytes. The research exploring sensing application of such nano-MOFs for the monitoring of environmental, food, biomedical, and industrial samples, to mention a few are will be published. The topic will focus on overcoming the limitations associated with sensors such as low sensitivity and specificity, limited or no reusability, less reproducibility, non-application for on-site detection, delayed response, and high cost. The outcome will be beneficial to the scientists and professionals working in diverse disciplines of materials science, industry, biomedicine, food, and environmental analysis.

We invite researchers to submit Original Research, Reviews and Mini-Reviews exploring, but not restricted to, the following topics:
• Synthesis of novel nano-MOFs with improved physiochemical characteristics
• Strategies to introduce better transducer properties into nano-MOFs for sensing applications
• NanoMOFs for on-site monitoring of environmental pollutants
• Development of portable sensors for detection of food and water toxins using nano-MOFs
• Exploration of nano-MOFs for developing point-of-care diagnostics
• Evaluation of industrial performance parameters via the use of nano-MOFs
• NanoMOFs for analysis of the nutritive value of soil, water, and food samples
• Determination of biomarkers for preventive medicine


Keywords: Metal Organic Frameworks, Nano-MOFs, Sensing applications, biomarker sensing, environmental pollutants


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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28 May 2021 Manuscript

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