Special Issue "Catalysis and Membrane Processes in Biorefineries"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Rosalinda Mazzei Website E-Mail
CNR- Istituto per la Tecnologia delle Membrane, Rende, Italy
Interests: biocatalytic membrane; biocatalytic membrane reactors; membrane bioreactors; enzyme immobilization; biocatalysis; integrated membrane processes; intensified membrane systems
Guest Editor
Dr. Lidietta Giorno Website E-Mail
Institute on Membrane Technology, National Research Council, ITM-CNR, via P. Bucci, 17/C, 87036 Rende, Cosenza, Italy
Phone: +39 0984 49 2050/2051/2007
Fax: +39 0984 402103
Interests: membrane science and bioengineering; development of biohybrid and bioinspired membranes selective at molecular level; biocatalysis with membranes; biocatalytic membrane reactors and bioreactors; integrated membrane processes for bioseparations and bioconversions; wastewater treatment and recovery of added value components; application of membrane operations in biotechnology, nanomedicine, pharmaceutical, food, biorefinery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of biomass as a renewable feedstock, in the place of fossil resources, is significantly increasing for the production of chemicals, material, and bioenergy. However, biorefinery strategies have to fulfil specific innovative requirements which allow them to be sustainable. In this contest, (bio)catalysis could play a significant role for biomass conversion, since it promotes the development of eco-friendly and competitive production. The possibility to develop innovative/sustainable (bio)catalytic systems is also highly desired in order to easily shift systems on the industrial scale.

This Special Issue aims to collect the most recent and innovative contributions for the development of effective catalysts (extracted from extremophiles, chemozymes, photocatalyst, (bio) catalyst modified by genetic engineering etc.) and their integration with other systems (e.g., membranes, nanotube, sensors).

Dr. Rosalinda Mazzei
Dr. Lidietta Giorno
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • (bio)catalysts in biorefinery
  • (bio)catalytic membrane systems in biorefinery
  • (bio)catalytic membrane processes in biorefinery
  • photocatalytic membrane processes in biorefinery
  • sustainable systems in biorefinery
  • integrated (bio)catalytic processes in biorefinery

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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