Special Issue "Promising Industrial Enzymes"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Biocatalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francisco Valero
Guest Editor
Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, EE, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193, Spain
Interests: My research is focused on Biochemical Engineering, especially in the fields of Bioprocess Engineering, Production of Recombinant Proteins in the cell factory Pichia pastoris, monitoring modelling and control of bioprocesses and Applied Biocatalysis (lipases)
Dr. Marina Guillén Montalbán
Guest Editor
Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, EE, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193, Spain
Interests: The main research interests are focused on industrial biotechnology, especially on applied biocatalysis, bioprocess development, multi-enzymatic systems, bioreactor design and enzyme immobilization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The industrial applications of enzymes have been increasing in the last decade, becoming a real cost-effective alternative as a substitute for chemical processes. It represents a more environmentally sustainable approach, greener than the traditional chemical industry and in agreement with the fundamentals of circular economy. In fact, the number of enzymes with industrial applications is increasing, including not only the classical proteases, amylases or lipases.

The present Special Issue is focused on recent research and reviews about how different approaches have managed to improve enzymes for industrial applications. Research topics may include: i) examples of enhanced enzymes by directed evolution, enzyme engineering and metagenomics; ii) advances in bioprocess engineering and cell factories to increase the heterologous production of enzymes; iii) bioprocess scaling-up to industrial levels;  iv) novel approaches to improve the stability and reutilization of the industrial enzymes; v) medium engineering as the used of supercritical fluids, ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents and novel reaction medium; vi) multi-enzymatic systems development, including cofactor regeneration; vii) process intensification and successful examples of new industrial enzymatic applications.

Prof. Dr. Francisco Valero
Dra. Marina Guillén Montalbán
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • industrial enzymes
  • direct evolution
  • metagenomics
  • enzyme engineering
  • heterologous production
  • bioprocess engineering
  • scale-up
  • immobilization
  • industrial biocatalysis
  • multi-enzymatic synthesis
  • cofactor regeneration
  • bioreactor design
  • medium engineering
  • process intensification
  • bioeconomy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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