Special Issue "Applied Biocatalysis in Europe: A Sustainable Tool for Improving Life Quality"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Andres R Alcantara Website E-Mail
Department of Chemistry in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Faculty, Complutense University Plaza De Ramon y Cajal, S/N University City, Madrid, Spain
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Francisco Plou Website E-Mail
Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry, CSIC, Marie Curie 2, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34-915854869
Interests: enzymatic transformation of carbohydrates; immobilization of enzymes; enzymatic glycosylation of polyphenols; enzymatic acylation with lipases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Applied Biocatalysis and Biotransformation, that is, the use of enzymes and whole-cell systems in manufacturing processes for synthetic purposes, has been experiencing a clear boom in recent years, which has led to the start of the so-called “fourth wave”. In fact, the latest advances in bioinformatics, system biology, process intensification, and, in particular, enzyme-directed evolution (encouraged by the 2018 Nobel Prize awarded to F. Arnold) are widening the range of the efficacy of biocatalysts and accelerating the rate at which new enzymes are becoming available, even for activities not previously known. Moreover, xenobiology, the insertion of non-canonical amino acids into protein sequences, is creating fascinating new possibilities for the preparation of biocatalysts with improved properties.

Traditionally, European scientists have been very actively involved in different aspects of Applied Biocatalysis. This Special Issue aims to gather contributions from European research groups, in the form of either original research articles or up-to-date reviews, to exemplify recent advances in this area. This includes, but is not restricted to, the discovery of new enzymatic activities, the chemical or genetic modification of known biocatalysts for further application in the development of commodities and fine chemicals, and the implementation of biocatalyzed protocols using enzymes (in any stage) and cells to increase the sustainability of synthetic procedures.

Prof. Andres R Alcantara
Prof. Francisco J. Plou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Catalysts is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Biocatalysis
  • Biotransformations
  • Sustainable processes
  • Enzyme engineering
  • Metagenomics
  • White biotechnology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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