Special Issue "Extremophiles and Extremozymes in Academia and Industries"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Rajesh K. Sani

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701-3995, USA
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Interests: extremophilic bioprocessing; genome editing of extremophiles; space biology; biopolymers; metabolic engineering
Guest Editor
Dr. Navanietha K. Rathinam

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 501 East St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701-3995 USA
Interests: thermophilic bioprocessing; biopolymers; nanomaterials; microbial electrochemical technologies; drug resistant microorganisms
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sunil Khare

Enzyme and Microbial Biochemistry Lab, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi-110016 India
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Phone: +91-11-26591988
Interests: extremophiles and extremozymes; microbiology; biochemistry; proteins; proteomics; enzymes; biocatalysis; nanobiotechnology; food biotechnology; environmental bioremediation; solid state fermentation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biochemical processes have been realized as the ideal option for replacing physicochemical processes in an efficient, eco-friendly, and economical manner. Microorganisms and their enzymes are the key players in most of the processes, for example, for the production of bioenergy. The conventional microbial processes, however, suffer from several limitations, such as the narrow range of operational conditions and low catalytic rates. These limitations can be circumvented by the use of extremophiles and extremozymes for different industrial processes. Extremophiles can thrive under adverse conditions, such as high or low temperatures, high or low pressures, high radiations, high salt concentrations, or acidic or alkaline conditions. Extremophiles and extremozymes have several advantages, for example, they can operate in a much broader range of conditions, for various industrial applications. Extremozymes are very stable, have a longer shelf life, and have a greater activity, thereby leading to a high rate of catalysis. They are also more resistant to proteolysis and organic solvents.  They can be produced in bulk using heterologous expression systems. 

Therefore, this Special Issue will cover various renewable energy resources, processes, and products; critical aspects and challenges of biomass conversion into biofuels; and value-added bioproducts using extremophiles and their enzymes. More specifically, we invite research and review manuscripts focused on, but not limited to, the following: extremophilic microbial and enzymatic processes; the engineering of microbes and enzymes for bioenergy applications; the recent advances in extremophilic research encompassing genetic, molecular, and physiological adaptations; vis-à-vis new molecules from extreme life; and current trends in extremophilic microbial and bioprocessing in response to the current demands from various sectors of industry.

Prof. Dr. Rajesh K. Sani
Dr. Navanietha K. Rathinam
Prof. Dr. Sunil Khare
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • extremophiles
  • thermophiles
  • psychrophiles
  • halophiles
  • antibiotic resistant microorganisms
  • drug resistant microorganisms
  • extremozymes
  • biofuels and value-added products

Published Papers

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