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Editorial

Sensor targets

Guest editors Christopher J. Chang, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson and Tony D. James introduce the Sensor Targets issue of Chemical Society Reviews

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Current developments in fluorescent PET (photoinduced electron transfer) sensors and switches

A fluorophore can be combined with a receptor according to a molecular engineering design in order to yield fluorescent sensing and switching devices.

Graphical abstract: Current developments in fluorescent PET (photoinduced electron transfer) sensors and switches
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Luminescent cation sensors: from host–guest chemistry, supramolecular chemistry to reaction-based mechanisms

This highlight provides a brief overview on luminescent cation detection strategies derived from a wide variety of organic and organometallic architectures, including those based on the ion-receptor complementarity, integrated with the extension of the concept of supramolecular chemistry and those using the irreversible analyte-specific reactions.

Graphical abstract: Luminescent cation sensors: from host–guest chemistry, supramolecular chemistry to reaction-based mechanisms
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Small molecule-based ratiometric fluorescence probes for cations, anions, and biomolecules

Quantitative determination of specific analytes is essential for a variety of applications ranging from life sciences to environmental monitoring.

Graphical abstract: Small molecule-based ratiometric fluorescence probes for cations, anions, and biomolecules
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Stability enhancement of fluorophores for lighting up practical application in bioimaging

In this Highlight, we emphasize some representative strategies including nanoparticle-encapsulating dyes, dye-doped nanoparticles and molecular engineering for stabilizing fluorophores.

Graphical abstract: Stability enhancement of fluorophores for lighting up practical application in bioimaging
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Open Access Review Article

Gas sensing using porous materials for automotive applications

The use of zeolites and metal–organic frameworks in the sensing of gases emitted from automobile exhausts is reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Gas sensing using porous materials for automotive applications
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Review Article

Recent developments in carbon nanomaterial sensors

The structural diversity of carbon nanomaterials provides an array of unique electronic, magnetic and optical properties, which when combined with their robust chemistry and ease of manipulation, makes them attractive candidates for sensor applications. In this review recent developments in the use of carbon nanoparticles and nanostructures as sensors and biosensors are explored.

Graphical abstract: Recent developments in carbon nanomaterial sensors
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Review Article

Protein recognition using synthetic small-molecular binders toward optical protein sensing in vitro and in live cells

This review describes the recognition and sensing techniques of proteins and their building blocks by use of small synthetic binders.

Graphical abstract: Protein recognition using synthetic small-molecular binders toward optical protein sensing in vitro and in live cells
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Optical probes for the detection of protons, and alkali and alkaline earth metal cations

Luminescent sensors and switches continue to play a key role in shaping our understanding of key biochemical processes, assist in the diagnosis of disease and contribute to the design of new drugs and therapies.

Graphical abstract: Optical probes for the detection of protons, and alkali and alkaline earth metal cations
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Review Article

Synthetic fluorescent probes for studying copper in biological systems

This review surveys fluorescent probes for copper, emphasizing desirable criteria for their effective use for discovery and study of new metal biology.

Graphical abstract: Synthetic fluorescent probes for studying copper in biological systems
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Review Article

Fluorescence sensing systems for gold and silver species

Here, we provide an overview of the reported fluorescent detection systems for gold and silver species, and discuss their sensing properties with promising features.

Graphical abstract: Fluorescence sensing systems for gold and silver species
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Review Article

Fluorescent, MRI, and colorimetric chemical sensors for the first-row d-block metal ions

This critical review focuses on the development of fluorescent sensors (fall into three classes: “turn-off”, “turn-on”, and ratiometric), colorimetric sensors, and responsive MRI contrast agents for the first-row d-block metals (except Cu and Zn): Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni (242 references).

Graphical abstract: Fluorescent, MRI, and colorimetric chemical sensors for the first-row d-block metal ions
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Review Article

Poly(aryleneethynylene)s (PAE) as paradigmatic sensor cores

What you need to know about poly(aryleneethynylene)s as sensory materials. A tutorial of fundamental properties and new developments since 2009.

Graphical abstract: Poly(aryleneethynylene)s (PAE) as paradigmatic sensor cores
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Tutorial Review

Luminescent sensors based on quantum dot–molecule conjugates

We illustrate the principles underlying the rational construction of luminescent sensors by combining semiconductor nanocrystal and molecular components, and describe the representative examples of sensors for ionic and molecular analytes.

Graphical abstract: Luminescent sensors based on quantum dot–molecule conjugates
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Tutorial Review

Cell surface-based sensing with metallic nanoparticles

Nanoparticles provide versatile platforms for cell-surface sensing for diagnostic and screening applications.

Graphical abstract: Cell surface-based sensing with metallic nanoparticles
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Tutorial Review

Optical chirality sensing using macrocycles, synthetic and supramolecular oligomers/polymers, and nanoparticle based sensors

Recent advances in four classes of non-small-molecule based chirality sensors are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Optical chirality sensing using macrocycles, synthetic and supramolecular oligomers/polymers, and nanoparticle based sensors
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Open Access Tutorial Review

Probing disease-related proteins with fluorogenic composite materials

We summarise the development and application of fluorogenic composite materials (FCMs) based on graphene oxide (GO), carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) for detection of disease related proteins on both the molecular and cellular levels.

Graphical abstract: Probing disease-related proteins with fluorogenic composite materials
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Tutorial Review

Biosensing by luminogens with aggregation-induced emission characteristics

This tutorial review outlines the concept of aggregation-induced emission and its utility in biosensing applications.

Graphical abstract: Biosensing by luminogens with aggregation-induced emission characteristics
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Tutorial Review

Anion sensing by small molecules and molecular ensembles

This Tutorial Review provides a short survey of anion sensing by small molecule anion receptors, molecular ensembles and chemodosimeters.

Graphical abstract: Anion sensing by small molecules and molecular ensembles
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About this collection

This issue is part of a two-part themed issue series of Chemical Society Reviews on Sensor Targets and Imaging Agents which has been guest edited by Chris Chang, Thorri Gunnlaugsson and Tony James. This themed issue on sensor targets will contain an exciting mix of reviews focussing on small organic or transition metal receptors. It will also include a selection of overview articles by leaders in the field, introducing each sub-topic of the issue; anions, cations, biomolecules/macromolecules, f-metal ion and materials. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

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