Special Issue "New Technologies for the Recovery of Natural Products"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2015

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Nigel Brunton
School of Agriculture & Food Science, Science Centre South, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Website: http://www.ucd.ie/agfood/staff/foodsciencenutrition/academic/drnigelbrunton/
E-Mail: nigel.brunton@ucd.ie
Interests: natural product chemistry; recovery of biologically active molecules from plant and marine matrices with particular interests in the development of low-cost; energy efficient and industry friendly techniques including ultrasound and pulsed electric field assisted extraction

Guest Editor
Dr. Mohammad Hossain
Department of Food Biosciences, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland
Website: http://www.teagasc.ie/food/research/staff/MohammadBillalHossain.asp
E-Mail: mohammad.hossain@teagasc.ie
Interests: extraction and characterisation of phytochemicals from herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables; valorization of low value industrial by-products and application of various separation techniques to purify bioactive compounds for phyto-pharmaceutical and functional food industries

Guest Editor
Dr. Dilip Rai
Department of Food Biosciences, Teagasc Food Research Centre Ashtown, Ireland
Website: http://www.teagasc.ie/food/research/staff/DilipRai.asp
E-Mail: dilip.rai@teagasc.ie
Interests: structural elucidation of natural bioactive molecules extracted from terrestrial plant-food, animals and marine sources; recovery and characterisation of phytochemicals from food processing by-products and waste streams; assessing the effect of industrial or domestic processing of food on retention and alteration of bioactive molecules or affecting the food quality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural products continue to find extensive applications in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. There is, however, increasing demands for methods which can extract these valuable substances from natural sources more efficiently, in less time, more energetically efficiently and with higher yields than traditional methods. In many cases, the efficiencies of traditional solid liquid extraction methods are limited by their inability to release intracellular contents and low mass transfer rates. For this reason, many researchers are examining new technologies, such as pulsed electric field, ultrasound assisted extraction, pressurised liquid extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, microwave assisted extraction and enzyme assisted extraction, to overcome some of the shortcomings of traditional extraction methods. Some existing literature suggests that these technologies could serve as rapid, efficient and environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional extraction techniques. However, like many other emerging technologies, further investigations in a wider range of matrices and target analytes are required to fully validate the advantages of these new technologies. Furthermore, the effect of treatment parameters individually or combined, or synergy between different technologies, have to be explored further. Therefore, the current special issue will focus on the use of these new technologies to liberate natural products from plant, animal, fungal and microbial sources. Contributions in the form of original research articles, short communications and review articles are welcome.

Dr. Nigel Brunton
Dr. Mohammad Hossain
Dr. Dilip Rai
Guest Editor


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  • natural products
  • new technologies
  • rapid
  • energy efficient
  • environmentally friendly
  • extraction/recovery

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p. 6611-6625
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Molecules 2015, 20(4), 6611-6625; doi:10.3390/molecules20046611
Received: 6 February 2015 / Revised: 8 April 2015 / Accepted: 10 April 2015 / Published: 14 April 2015
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Molecules 2015, 20(4), 5423-5437; doi:10.3390/molecules20045423
Received: 17 December 2014 / Revised: 16 March 2015 / Accepted: 19 March 2015 / Published: 26 March 2015
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Molecules 2015, 20(3), 3942-3954; doi:10.3390/molecules20033942
Received: 14 January 2015 / Revised: 17 February 2015 / Accepted: 25 February 2015 / Published: 2 March 2015
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