Special Issue "Biocatalysis and Whole-Cell Biotransformation in Biomanufacturing"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Anwar Sunna
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Guest Editor
Department of Molecular Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
Interests: biocatalysis; synthetic biology; bioengineering: proteins; nanoparticles
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Prof. Dr. Richard Daniellou
Guest Editor
Institut de Chimie Organique et Analytique (ICOA), Université d’Orléans UMR-CNRS 7311, BP 6759, rue de Chartres, 45067 Orléans CEDEX 2, France
Interests: biocatalysts; enzymology; glycobiochemistry; glycosyltransferases; glycosidases
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Enzyme technology and biocatalysis has become a prominent field in synthetic biology and “green” organic synthesis of chemicals due to the increased demand for environmentally friendly biomanufacturing. Global trends towards sustainability, the reduction of organic waste, and landfill avoidance are driving the demand for greener products with improved properties. Accordingly, the field of enzyme technology and biocatalysis (multi-enzymes and whole-cells) has become a primary focus for the synthesis of bio-based chemicals and high-value compounds. In this Special Issue of Catalysts, we would like to highlight these current advances with special emphasis on the following areas:

  1. Structure–function analysis and enzyme optimization;
  2. Enzymatic and whole-cell biotransformation;
  3. Cascade reactions and co-immobilization of enzymes;
  4. Strategies for enzyme stabilization and biocatalytic applications;
  5. Design of novel biocatalytic modules for enhanced transformation of biological waste products;
  6. Assembly of functional multi-enzyme pathways.

Prof. Dr. Anwar Sunna
Prof. Dr. Richard Daniellou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • chemo-enzymatic synthesis
  • protein engineering
  • biocatalysis
  • synthetic biology
  • industrial enzymes
  • enzyme stabilization
  • cell-free biocatalysis
  • natural and non-natural multi-enzyme pathways
  • bio-based chemicals
  • cascade reactions
  • biocatalytic modules

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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