Special Issue "The Mechanisms and Applications of Microbial Electrocatalysis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Xiaobo Liu

Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology & Toxicology, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Interests: Molecular and Synthetic Biology; Microbial Biofilms; Biochemistry and Biocatalysis; Metabolic Engineering; Microbial Electrochemistry, Biodeterioration & Biodegradation; Biomass Conversion; Environmental Microbiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microbial electrocatalysis involves bidirectional electron transfer between biotic and abiotic components, whereby redox-active microorganisms play the important role in the electrochemical reactions between electron donors and acceptors. One typically applied model is the microbial fuel cell (MFC), in which microorganisms transfer electrons to the MFC anode after oxidizing the electron donors, thus generating electron flow towards the cathode. Most importantly, this redox process has been closely associated with biogeochemical cycles, such as the nitrogen, carbon, and sulfur cycles, showing many emerging applications in waste treatment and resource recovery, sustainable energy production, and bio-inspired materials development. Such promising applications of microbial electrocatalysis bring together fundamental research in microbiology, electrochemistry, environmental engineering, and materials science. Based on the recent advances, this Special Issue aims to publish papers that address:

  • Electron transfer between microbial cells and extracellular substances;
  • Catalytic elimination of environmental pollutants, such as heavy metal ions, nitrates, and waste;
  • New catalytic routes and processes for the production of clean energy and green chemicals;
  • Microbial electrocatalysis in which wastes are converted to useful products.

Dr. Xiaobo Liu
Guest Editor

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  • microbial electrocatalysis
  • extracellular electron transfer
  • redox mediator
  • bioremediation and biodegradation
  • biosynthesis for clean energy and green chemicals

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Bioconversion of Flavonoidal Glycosides in the leaves of Hippophae Rhamnoides into Aglycones with Eurotium cristatum
Authors: Qiuya Gu et al.
Affiliation: School of Biological Engineering, Jiangnan University
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