Editor: Constantin Apetrei

Series Title: Frontiers in Bioactive Compounds

Natural Sources, Physicochemical Characterization and Applications

Volume 1

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Library License: US $516
ISSN: 2468-6395 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-6409 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-342-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-341-4 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810834141160101

Introduction

This volume presents different aspects related to bioactive compounds, starting with their natural state in raw sources, physicochemical characterization and employment in pharmacy and medicine. The volume is divided into three parts. The first part describes the chemicals structure of bioactive compounds from different natural sources such as olive oils, wines, and medicinal plants. Special attention has been given to identifying the bioactive composition within variations of these natural sources (for example, extra virgin, ordinary or lampante olive oils). The second part of the volume presents the principal methods used for detecting, identifying and quantifying bioactive compounds. Emphasis is given to the use of different types of sensors or biosensors, and multisensor systems in combination with analytical techniques. The final part explains the principal methods for protection of bioactive compounds and the implication of bioactive compounds in pharmacy. This volume is a useful guide for novice researchers interested in learning research methods to study bioactive compounds.

Foreword

The field of bioactive compounds is very important for both scientific and applicative point of view. This field is interdisciplinary and in this book the authors propose several themes related to chemical composition, sensors, biosensors, electronic sensory systems, interaction modeling and protection methods applied on bioactive compounds. Therefore, the authors propose an integrated approach regarding bioactive compounds including sources, physicochemical detection, interactions with membranes and the protection of bioactive components against environmental factors.

This integrated approach is not common in books but I believe that is very useful for specialists and researchers working in inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary fields related to bioactive compounds. The book could be of interest for scientists specialized on chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy as well as for persons working in food industry, biotechnology, nanotechnology etc. This book will be helpful for a wide range of readers - from university students to researchers.

I think that the authors can be confident that there will be many grateful readers who will have gained a broader perspective of the fields of bioactive compounds as a result of their efforts.

Eleonora-Mihaela UNGUREANU
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry
Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science
Polytechnic University of Bucharest
Romania


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