Special Issue "Biocatalysts and Their Environmental Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: magnetic nano-biocatalysts; bioremediation
Interests: biological photocatalyst; microbial fuel cell; wastewater treatment
Biocatalysts, including a special species of microorganisms, and their enzymes have been widely accepted in many industrial processes, because they are less-toxic, environment friendly, and energy-conserving alternatives compared with chemical catalysts. Whole-cell biocatalysts have advantages (e.g., the elimination of the need for protein purification) and disadvantages (e.g., the reduced reaction rates) over purified enzymes.
The reaction rates in whole-cell biocatalysts can be achieved through many strategies, such as increasing the permeability of the cell membrane by chemical reactions; increasing the concentration of the enzyme within the cell by enzyme overexpression in a bacterial host; and stabilizing and improving the biocatalyst function by flocculation, surface immobilization, and encapsulation. Up unil now, whole-cell biocatalysts have been applied to environmental fields for enhancing transformation and degradation processes. Meanwhile, the growth synthetic biology and protein engineering greatly facilitates the development of novel biocatalysts specifically relevant to the production of fine chemicals for improving bulk enzymes for industry and the products involved in waste reduction and detoxification. Magnetic nano-biocatalysts are also a rapidly growing field for the development of sustainable and green processes.
This Special Issue will focus on different methodologies for biocatalyst development/improvement, and a large range of reactions employed in environmental remediation processes catalyzed by whole-cells and isolated enzymes. Persistent, toxic/carcinogenic, and/or bio-accumulative contaminants in multiple (air/liquid/solid) phases will be tackled. It aims to compile a set of manuscripts that cover the recent progress and trends in biocatalysts, and their environmental applications.
Dr. Dr. Baiyu Zhang
Dr. Bo Liu
Manuscript Submission Information
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- whole cell biocatalysts
- magnetic nano-biocatalysts
- environmental applications
- contaminant transformation and degradation