Special Issue "Microbial Biopolymers: From Synthesis to Properties and Applications"

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Synthetic Biology and Systems Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Assis. Prof. Dr. Filomena Freitas
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Guest Editor
UCIBIO-REQUIMTE - Applied Molecular Biosciences Unit Chemistry Department, NOVA School of Sciences and Technology, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Interests: biological valorization of agro-industrial byproducts; microbial bioprocesses; biopolymers: production and applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biopolymers of microbial origin, such as polysaccharides, polyamides, and polyhydroxyalkanoates, have been extensively studied, and many of them are already being exploited in many areas, from commodity products to high-value medical and pharmaceutical applications. They are represented by a large variety of materials characterized by valuable properties, ranging from hydrocolloids to thermoplastics and including bioactive macromolecules. Microbial biopolymers present many advantages over their synthetic counterparts which is mainly related to the biodegradability and biocompatibility already demonstrated for many of them, and their more sustainable production processes. The use of microorganisms for biopolymer production also presents advantages over the use of other natural sources, plants, macroalgae, or animals as they are more amenable to control through cultivation conditions, by passing complications due to climate, pollution, and seasonality, thus assuring the quality and quantity of the final products. More importantly, microbial biopolymers frequently display properties not found in other natural or synthetic polymers, which opens the opportunity for novel applications in such high-value areas as biomedicine, cosmetics, and nutrition.

This Special Issue on “Microbial Biopolymers: From Synthesis to Properties and Applications” will therefore present original research papers and comprehensive reviews that integrate the expertise from different areas related to microbial biopolymers, from production processes, biosynthetic pathways, and metabolic engineering to biopolymer recovery, characterization, and applications.

Assis. Prof. Dr. Filomena Freitas
Guest Editor

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  • biopolymer
  • polysaccharides
  • polyamides
  • polyhydroxyalkanoates

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