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Polymers, Volume 11, Issue 6 (June 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Lignocellulosic biomass offers an efficient substrate for bio-based organic acid production through [...] Read more. Lignocellulosic biomass offers an efficient substrate for bio-based organic acid production through microbial fermentation. This cover image represents, schematically, the main steps in itaconic acid (IA) production as a promising platform chemical with versatile and value-added applications. IA can be used in the synthesis of a wide range of innovative polymers with applications in special hydrogels for water decontamination, targeted drug delivery (e.g., cancer treatment), and smart nanohydrogels for food applications, coatings, and elastomers. This review summarizes the latest research data regarding major IA production pathways, metabolic engineering procedures, and the synthesis and applications of novel biodegradable polymeric materials. View this paper.