Upcoming topical collections


The Analytical Chemistry of Per- and Poly-Fluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) - submission deadline May 2021

Guest edited by Erin S. Baker and Detlef Knappe (NC State University)

PFAS assessments are rapidly gaining significant scientific momentum and public awareness, including funding initiatives across the globe for a broad range of disciplines (e.g., analytical chemistry, epidemiology, and remediation). To this end, a collection of manuscripts in a single issue will define the status of the field in relation to new methods for measuring and quantifying PFAS in a diverse range of matrixes. Characterization and quantification of PFAS presents significant challenges to the field given their unique physiochemical properties and this includes methods to efficiently extract them from biological and environmental matrices, separations, measurements platforms (e.g., mass spectrometry), and bioinformatics.  The goal for this topical collection is to bring together the current state-of-the-art for advanced methods to characterize and quantify PFAS.

Please indicate your submission is intended for the topical collection focusing on “The Analytical Chemistry of PFAS” in your cover letter when submitting it via mc.manuscriptcentral.com/abc.


Point-of-Care Testing - New Horizons for Cross-sectional Technologies and Decentralized Application Strategies - submission deadline August 2021

Guest edited by Oliver Hayden (Technical University of Munich), Peter B. Luppa (Technical University of Munich), and Junhong Min (Chung-Ang University)

Point-of-care testing (POCT) enables health care professionals and caregivers to perform rapid clinical laboratory testing in close proximity to or directly at the patient’s side. Analytical chemistry is an important foundation stone for POCT. Ideally platform technologies need to cover multiple classes of biomarkers to achieve an acceptable footprint. The high-quality sensor results interpreted by machine learning algorithm is expected to lead to a stepwise consumerization of POCT and a cross-over between professional clinical healthcare services and consumer data for preventive measures. However, innovative sensing ideas depend on manufacturability, clinical utility of the biomarkers, and economical solution for workflows, cartridges, and readers. POCT is, therefore, a multidisciplinary challenge around the core analytical task requiring a balanced modus operandi for translational impact.

Please indicate your submission is intended for the topical collection focusing on “Point-of-care testing” in your cover letter when submitting it via mc.manuscriptcentral.com/abc.