Ziad El Rassi
The yearly special issue on “Reviews” is a platform representative of the “Aims and scope” of the Journal in the sense that the “Reviews” issue features many of the liquid phase separation techniques and their applications including but not limited to electrophoresis, liquid chromatography, liquid phase transport phenomena, liquid-solid extraction, etc. at all scales, e.g., nano-, micro- and macro-scales.
The Reviews issue continues its primary role of providing a “central review bank” in the various aspects of fundamentals, methodologies and applications of electrophoresis and other related liquid phase separation techniques such as microfluidics, liquid chromatography and solid-phase extraction just to name a few and their applications to a variety of separation, (bio)analytical, extraction, enrichment and sensitivity enhancement problems.
The present “Reviews” issue has 15 critical reviews distributed over 4 distinct parts. Part I is on some aspects of chiral separations while Part II is on electromigration methods for the analysis, separation and characterization of amino acids, peptides, proteins and biological fluid constituents. Part III discusses recent advances in the use of CE – mediated microanalysis for enzyme studies and the developments in coupled solid phase extraction – CE. Finally, Part IV reviews the fields of clinical, food, foodomics, pharmaceuticals, natural products, phytochemicals and inorganic ions.
The next Reviews issue will be published in 2015. Authors interested in contributing to the 2015 Reviews issue are encouraged to contact me and suggest the topics of their contributions. The deadline for submission of review articles will be June/July 2014 so that the special issue will be in print in January 2015.
Finally, I would like to thank all the contributors for their excellent articles, which provide a broad view of the recent advances in the field. Also, I would like to wish every one including the Editors, Staff of the Journal, Authors, Reviewers and Readers a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014.
Ziad El Rassi