Special Issue "Enzymatic Bioelectrocatalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Elisabeth Lojou
Guest Editor
National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Aix Marseille, University, BIP, UMR 7281, 31 Chemin Aiguier, Marseille 13009, France
Interests: bioelectrochemistry; redox protein; redox enzyme; hydrogenase; multi copper oxidase; electrode nanostructuration; biofuel cells
Dr. Xinxin Xiao
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Interests: nanoporous gold; glucose biosensor; biofuel cell; bioelectrochemistry; biocatalysis; electro-catalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Featuring a mild process and high selectivity, enzyme bioelectrocatalysis employing oxidoreductases immobilized on conductive surfaces is increasingly playing a vital role in a wide scope of applications. Enzyme bioelectrocatalysis is the core for devices such as biosensors and biofuel cells, which are drawing considerable attention towards sustainable sensing and energy production. A wide range of sophisticated reactions, such as chiral compound synthesis and CO2 and N2 fixation, can be accomplished with enzyme bioelectrocatalysis. Last but not least, redox enzymes are sources of inspiration for new non-noble metal electrocatalysts.

Fundamental investigations are required to alleviate the main limitations of enzyme bioelectrocatalysis, i.e., low catalytic efficiency and weak stability. In addition to the investigation of mechanisms of enzyme electrocatalysis, the molecular basis knowledge of the efficient electronic communication between enzymes and a conductive electrode is a mandatory step. Electrochemistry coupling with other in situ spectroscopic methods, as well as theoretical modeling, is expected to bring forth a fundamental understanding of enzyme conformation and dynamics on the electrode. Nanostructured electrodes and materials are significantly pushing enzyme bioelectrocatalysis forward but need further investigation to determine the molecular basis for bioelectrocatalysis optimization and stabilization. New enzyme identification in biodiversity and enzyme engineering will certainly enhance the toolbox of bioelectrochemists for high performance. Enzyme cascade broadens the scope of biocatalysis, which has also seen tremendous progress recently.

The Special Issue will focus on fundamentals, developments, and applications of enzyme bioelectrocatalysis. Reviews and original research papers are accepted. Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Bioengineered enzymes for bioelectrocatalysis;
  • Enzyme bioelectrocatalysis enabled high-value products, such as achiral ketone reduction for chiral alcohols and CO2 and N2 fixation;
  • Enzyme immobilization for improved bioelectrocatalysis;
  • Enzymatic biofuel cells;
  • Enzymatic biosensors;
  • Fundamentals of enzyme bioelectrochemistry;
  • Strategies for enzyme stabilization;
  • In situ and in operando techniques for enzyme bioelectrode characterization;
  • Cell design for bioelectrocatalytic reaction, such as fluidic cells;
  • Biodevices based on enzyme bioelectrocatalysis;
  • Enzyme cascade for bioelectrocatalysis;
  • Reaction media such as ionic liquid for enzyme bioelectrocatalysis;
  • Nanomaterials in enzyme bioelectrocatalysis;
  • Theoretical modeling of bioelectrocatalysis.

Dr. Elisabeth Lojou
Dr. Xinxin Xiao
Guest Editors

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  • Bioelectrochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biofuel cell
  • Biosensor
  • CO2 fixation
  • Direct electron transfer
  • Electron transfer
  • Enzyme bioelectrocatalysis
  • Enzyme cascade
  • Enzyme immobilization
  • Enzyme stability
  • Fluidic bioelectrocatalysis
  • In situ spectroscopies coupled to electrochemistry
  • Mediated electron transfer
  • NADH regeneration
  • Nanomaterials
  • N2 fixation
  • Protein film voltammetry
  • Theoretical modeling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Direct Electron Transfer of Enzymes on Self-assembled Monolayer Modified Electrodes
Authors: Xiaomei Yan a, Jing Tang a, David Ackland Tanner a, Jens Ulstrup a,b, Xinxin Xiao a,*
Affiliation: a Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby 2800, Denmark; b Kazan National Research Technological University, K. Marx Str., 68, 420015 Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation

Title: Biocatalytic Reactors: An Electrochemical Perspective
Author: Edmond Magner
Affiliation: Department of Chemical Sciences and Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick V94 T9PX, Ireland

Title: Recent Progress in Applications of Enzymatic Bioelectrocatalysis
Authors: Taiki Adachi, Yuki Kitazumi, Osamu, Shirai, and Kenji Kano *
Affiliation: Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan

Title: Membrane Enzymes in Bioelectrocatalysis
Authors: Lars J. C. Jeuken
Affiliation: School of Biomedical Sciences, and The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
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