Polysaccharides, fascinating biopolymers and the most common organic compounds on earth, possess amazing molecular and supramolecular structures. Chemical modification, including unconventional methods for the modification of polysaccharides, has opened new avenues to the development of advanced and sustainable materials. Advanced analytical tools have been established to obtain real structure–property relationships.
This Special Issue aims to honour the outstanding contribution of Prof. Thomas Heinze to the field of polysaccharide chemistry and polysaccharide-based materials. Thomas Heinze is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Institute of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany. From 2010 to 2014, he also worked as a Finland Distinguished Professor at the Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Prof. Heinze has made many contributions to the research of polysaccharides at large, including concepts for polysaccharide chemistry, homogeneous phase reactions, nanostructuring of polysaccharides, and characterization by advanced analytical tools. You are welcome to submit your papers to Molecules.