Special Issue "Biocatalytic Process Optimization"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chia-Hung Kuo Website E-Mail
National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Interests: cellulase; lipase esterification and trans esterification; amylase; enzymatic kinetics; ultrasound-assisted enzymatic reaction; enzyme extraction; biotransformation; saccharification; response surface methodology; artificial neural network; wine fermentation
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chwen-Jen Shieh Website E-Mail
National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan
Interests: biodiesel; lipid biocatalysis; enzyme technology; bioprocess optimization; supercritical fluid technology; Chinese herb medicine biotechnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biocatalysis is very appealing to industry because it allows, in principle, the synthesis of products not accessible by chemical synthesis. Enzymes are very effective and precise biocatalysts as they are enantioselective, with mild reaction conditions and green chemistry. Biocatalysis is currently widely used in the pharmaceutical industry, food industry, cosmetic industry, and textile industry. This includes enzyme production, biocatalytic process development, biotransformation, enzyme engineering, immobilization, and recycling of biocatalysts. One of the most challenging problems in biocatalysis applications is process optimization. Experimental design combined with response surface methodology or artificial neural network are powerful tools for process optimization.

This Special Issue aims to cover recent progress and advances in the field of biocatalysis optimization using any methods, such as experimental design, response surface methodology or artificial neural networks. Other methodologies, even as one-factor-at-a-time experiments for optimization related to biocatalysis, are also welcome. We welcome both original research and review articles focused on optimizing the enzymatic process.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chia-Hung Kuo
Prof. Dr. Chwen-Jen Shieh
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • enzyme
  • biocatalysis
  • optimization
  • lipase
  • cellulase
  • protease
  • enzyme immobilization
  • glucosidase
  • biotransformation
  • enzymatic kinetics
  • ultrasound-assisted enzymatic reaction
  • enzyme extraction
  • experimental design
  • response surface methodology (RSM)
  • artificial neural network (ANN)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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