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Special Issue "Environmental Biocatalysis: From Remediation to Waste Valorization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2019).
Biotechnology Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9 Iroon Polytech Str, Zografou Campus, Athens 15780, Greece
Interests: Industrial Biotechnology; Biocatalysis; Bioremediation Waste valorization; Bioactive compounds; Protein Engineering
Bioremediation is an attractive bioprocess utilizing microorganisms or their enzymes for the detoxification or even mineralization of xenobiotics. Various enzymatic pathways have been discovered for the conversion of various pollutants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), petrochemical polymers, organochlorine insecticides, synthetic dyes and wood preservatives, among others. In the literature, the most-studied enzymatic activities are focused on dehalogenases, mono- or dioxygenases, cytochrome P450 monoxygenases, laccases and peroxidases. The search for novel enzymatic activities that could break down persistent organic pollutants is of the outmost significance, focusing on different extreme environments, a process called bioprospecting. Today, this process has been advanced due to the improvement in omics technologies and synthetic biology, which provide an enormous amount of data available for genome and metagenome mining, as well as the creation of efficient artificial pathways. Novel enzymatic activities may have unique characteristics for the degradation of pollutants, as well as high chemo-, regio- and stereo-selectivity for the modification of aromatic and/or halogenated compounds. Such enzymatic activities will constitute a greener alternative to organic synthesis, providing a mild process with lower energy requirements, while reducing or eliminating the formation of byproducts that might be hazardous to human health and the environment. This Special Issue aims to highlight the dual potential of the novel biocatalytic processes that contribute to the detoxification of pollutants and facilitate the production of high value products such as biologically active compounds. Submissions are welcome in the form of original research papers or short reviews providing a new insight in the area of environmental biocatalysis.
Dr. Evangelos Topakas
Dr. Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic
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- Waste valorization
- Enzyme biocatalysis
- Whole-cell biocatalysis
- Persistent organic pollutants
- High-added value compounds
- Protein engineering
- Green chemistry