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Special Issue "Free and immobilized enzymes for biofuels, biosensing and bioremediation "
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.
Interests: biocatalysis (enzyme immobilization, enzymatic biodiesel production, biosensors), nanostructured materials (ordered mesoporous silica, metal organic frameworks), nano-biointerfaces and nanobiotechnologies, nanomedicine, Ion Specific “Hofmeister” effects, biophysical chemistry
Biocatalysis is the use of whole living cells or isolated enzymes for biotechnological purposes. To date, enzymes have been used as powerful green biocatalysts in several fields which range from food industry to biosensing. Enzymes drawbacks are related to their high cost and instability. Both issues can be solved by enzyme immobilization on solid supports. This allows the reuse of the enzymes for several reaction cycles and the possibility to run continuous processes and, more importantly, improve their stability. As new nanostructured materials are discovered new immobilized enzymatic biocatalysts are prepared by means of physical adsorption, covalent binding, entrapment or encapsulation. The possibilities are endless. Nonetheless, there are some cases where enzymes must be kept in solution in the “free form” as, for example, when substrates are in the solid phase. Both free and immobilized enzymes can be used for several applications like organic synthesis particularly for the pharmaceutical industry. Since that field has widely been explored the present Special Issue is dedicated to other, likely less investigated, but very important applications of free and immobilized enzymes. In particular, the issue will focus on the immobilization of enzymes on new inorganic (mesoporous silica, metal organic frameworks, etc) and polymeric materials, and on their use for biofuels (biodiesel and bioethanol) production, bioremediation (oxidation of polluting compounds, like dies, phenols, etc.), and for the realization of enzymatic biosensors and biofuel cells.
Prof. Dr. Andrea Salis
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- Enzyme immobilization
- Nanostructured materials as enzyme supports
- Biofuels (biodiesel and bioethanol)
- Enzymatic biofuel cells
- Enzymatic biosensors
- Enzymatic bioremediation