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Special Issue "Frontier in Biocatalysis for Organic Synthesis"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioorganic Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Frank Hollmann

Department of Biotechnology/Biocatalysis, Delft University of Technology, Van der Maasweg 9, 2629 HZ Delft, The Netherlands
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Interests: redox biocatalysis; biocatalysis for organic synthesis; oxidation reactions; reduction reactions; oxyfunctionalization
Guest Editor
Dr. Selin Kara

Hamburg University of Technology, Institute of Technical Biocatalysis, Denickestr. 15, 21075, Hamburg, Germany
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Interests: biocatalytic cascade reactions; redox biocatalysis; biocatalysis in non-conventional media; enzyme immobilization; reaction engineering
Guest Editor
Dr. Caroline E. Paul

Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Wageningen University & Research, Stippeneng 4, 6708WE Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: biocatalysis; oxidoreductases; nicotinamide cofactors; synthetic coenzyme biomimetics; redox reactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The importance of biocatalysis for organic synthesis is steadily growing. Already, enzymes are used by various chemical industries, but their potential is not yet fully tapped. Biocatalytic methods can give an alternative or complementary route in classical organic synthesis. An increasing number of biocatalytic processes, such as enzymatic cascades and hydrogen-borrowing systems, are being developed with new enzyme reactivity still being discovered. Spatial arrangements in multi-enzymatic systems via compartmentalization or co-immobilization of enzymes have been a useful tool to increase productivities.

In this Special Issue we aim to compile contributions from academic research and industrial application to showcase the potential, but also the current limitations of biocatalysis for organic synthesis.

Manuscripts describing new enzymatic reactions for organic synthesis, as well as manuscripts dealing with improved enzymatic processes based on engineered enzymes, optimized biocatalyst formulations, and/or engineered reaction setups are very welcome.

Dr. Frank Hollmann
Dr. Selin Kara
Dr. Caroline E. Paul
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • biocatalysis for organic chemistry
  • biotransformations
  • (multi-step) enzymatic reactions
  • organic synthesis
  • spatial arrangements in enzymatic cascades
  • biocatalyst formulation for enzymatic synthesis
  • reaction engineering in biocatalytic systems

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