Special Issue "Enzyme Catalysis, Biotransformation and Bioeconomy"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Edinson Yara-Varón
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain
Interests: biocatalysis; organic synthesis; biomass conversion; bioeconomy and circular economy
Prof. Dr. Ramon Canela-Garayoa
Guest Editor
Department of Chemistry, University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain
Interests: biocatalysis; organic synthesis; bioeconomy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, there are hundred different biocatalytic processes that have been implemented in various pharma, chemical, food, cosmetic and agro-based industries. Considering these facts, biocatalysis has become an essential tool in the synthesis of different chemicals with diverse industrial purposes. In this sense, the use of enzymes in many biotransformation processes has demonstrated that biocatalysts are a real alternative to traditional chemical processes. This is because biocatalysis can provide more sustainable, efficient, and less polluting methods than conventional methods. Likewise, methods based on the use of enzymes can further broaden their applicability and meet the criteria of sustainability if efficiently employed for the transformation of cheaply available agro-food wastes. They can give added value to by-products and waste and allow the development of valorization processes that are included within the bioeconomy and the circular economy.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to collect original research papers, reviews, and opinions focused on the latest developments in which various types of catalytic processes have been used to synthesize chemical compounds with industrial applications. Articles that present the latest research focused on developing strategies related to the biotransformation of industrial waste and by-products will be appreciated.

Dr. Edinson Yara-Varón
Prof. Dr. Ramon Canela-Garayoa
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • enzymes
  • whole cells
  • biocatalysis
  • chemoenzymatic synthesis
  • biotransformation
  • novel biocatalytic processes
  • sustainable chemistry
  • renewable biomass
  • waste valorization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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