Special Issue "Green Production of Bioactive Natural Products"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2017)
Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Cravotto
Prof. Ay. Dr./Ass. Prof. Francisco J. Barba
Preventive Medicine and Public Health Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia, Avda. Vicent Andrés Estellés, s/n, 46100 Burjassot (Valencia)
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Interests: bioactive compounds; food additives; nutrients; innovative green extraction processes (electrotechnologies, high pressure, enzymes, SC-CO2, microwaves, ultrasound); product development; sensorial analysis; antioxidant
Green production of bioactive naturally occurring compounds is based on a multidisciplinary approach, including non-conventional technologies and complementary expertise. Industrial production requires the development of environmentally benign methods enabling technically feasible and cost-effective processes. The application of highly efficient chemical conversions, including enantioselective transformations, has to be compared with biotechnological methods and heterogeneous enzymatic catalysis. Green extraction and selective isolation from natural sources are also successfully employed. All these strategies promote a process intensification taking advantage from enabling technologies that generate high-energy microenvironments. Green techniques, such as acoustic and hydrodynamic cavitation, microwaves, and ball milling, greatly improve reaction rates and extraction efficiency and provides additional benefits like reduction in cost and waste besides replacement of hazardous chemicals. Not less important is the use of supercritical-CO2, pulsed electric fields, high-voltage electrical discharges, as well as ultrafiltration and nanofiltration.
Aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the new green challenges in the production of bioactive natural products launched by recent technological advances, new hybrid reactors and bio-based solvents.
Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Cravotto
Dr. Francisco J. Barba
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- natural products
- green synthesis
- green extraction
- biotechnological methods
- enabling technologies