Microbial Biopolymers: From Synthesis to Properties and Applications—2nd Edition

A special issue of Bioengineering (ISSN 2306-5354). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemical Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 285

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Associate Laboratory i4HB – Institute for Health and Bioeconomy, and UCIBIO – Applied Molecular Biosciences Unit, Department of Chemistry, School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Interests: biological valorization of agro-industrial byproducts; microbial bioprocesses; biopolymers: production and applications
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NOVA School of Sciences and Technology, University NOVA of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: polysaccharides; marine biopolymers; microalgae; marine bacteria; hydrogels; nanomaterials; biocomposites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biopolymers of microbial origin, such as polysaccharides, polyamides, and polyhydroxyalkanoates, have been extensively studied, and many of them are already being exploited in many areas, including as commodity products and in high-value medical and pharmaceutical applications. They are represented by a large variety of materials characterized by valuable properties, ranging from hydrocolloids to thermoplastics, and which include bioactive macromolecules. Microbial biopolymers present many advantages over their synthetic counterparts, which are mainly related to the biodegradability and biocompatibility already demonstrated by many of them, and their more sustainable production processes. The use of microorganisms for biopolymer production also presents advantages over the use of other natural sources, plants, macroalgae, or animals, as they are more amenable to control through cultivation conditions and can bypass complications due to climate, pollution, and seasonality, thus assuring the quality and quantity of the final products. More importantly, microbial biopolymers frequently display properties not found in other natural or synthetic polymers, which creates opportunities for novel applications in high-value areas such as biomedicine, cosmetics, and nutrition.

This Special Issue on “Microbial Biopolymers: From Synthesis to Properties and Applications” will, therefore, present original research papers and comprehensive reviews that integrate expertise from different areas related to microbial biopolymers, including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Screening and cultivation of novel biopolymer producing microorganisms
  • Development and optimization of sustainable production processes,
  • Genetics and biosynthetic pathways,
  • Metabolic engineering,
  • Novel ecological biopolymer recovery strategies,
  • Biopolymer characterization,
  • Preparation of biopolymer-based materials,
  • Biopolymer applications.

Dr. Filomena Freitas
Dr. Patrícia Concórdio-Reis
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  • biopolymer
  • polysaccharides
  • polyamides
  • polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • scaffolds
  • hydrogels
  • emulsions
  • nanomaterials

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