Special Issue "Biomaterials and Biofuels: Small Environmental Footprint"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: Biopolymers; biocomposites; bioplastics; renewable textiles; fungi; chitin; chitosan; bacterial cellulose; fermentation
Interests: value-addition of wastes, including municipal and industrial wastes into various bioproducts, namely biopesticides, biocontrol agents, enzymes, biohydrogen, bio-butanol, platform chemicals; fate of emerging contaminants in wastewater treatment plants and their removal; follow-up of mechanisms of degradation; green analytical chemistry; enzymatic degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons and endocrine disrupting compounds
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At present, we are facing serious challenges worldwide due to the unlimited manufacture of fossil-based products such as fuels, plastics, and chemicals. The replacement of a fraction of these products with biological alternatives is among the best solutions for the present environmental concerns. Generally, microbial products obtained through fermentation are responsible for a small environmental footprint. By contrast, production costs are often big. Therefore, there is a big opportunity for the introduction and expansion of innovative strategies to improve the economy of the fermentation processes. The application of low-cost substrates such as waste material and side streams, new pretreatment strategies, and employment of new microorganisms with a better fermentation performance are some examples of the proposed solutions. On the other hand, the hydrophilic nature of most of the biopolymers and their weak aging/durability limit their applications compared to synthetic plastics. Therefore, research is ongoing in order to improve the characteristics of biopolymers and bioplastics.
This Special Issue aims at establishing a platform to discuss state-of-the-art research and progress as well as future perspectives of value-added products through fermentation. High-quality original research and review articles within the topics of this issue are warmly invited.
Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
1. Biofuels from waste streams by fermentation;
2. Biopolymers and bioplastics by fermentation.
Dr. Akram Zamani
Prof. Dr. Satinder Kaur Brar
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