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Special Issue "Selected Papers from the Green Extraction of Natural Products 2018"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Maria Lisa Clodoveo

Department of Agricultural and Enviromental Sciences, University of Bari, Italy
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Interests: virgin olive extraction and stabilization; table olives
Guest Editor
Prof. Filomena Corbo

Department of Pharmacy-Drug Sciences, Universita degli Studi di Bari, Bari, Italy
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Interests: nutraceutical; food chemistry; health claims; deep eutectic solvents; natural products; food by-products: from waste to resource

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The International Congress on “Green Extraction of Natural Products” (2018) is organized by the University of Bari (Interdisciplinary Department of Medicine and Department of Pharmacy-Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Polytechnic of Bari (Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management)—Italy. 

GENP2018 is focused on agro-food, perfume, cosmetic, nutraceutical, chemical, fuel and energy sectors. The whole value chain of every application is considered; including cultivation, extraction, purification, processing and recycling steps.  

GENP 2018, “Green Extraction of Natural Product”, aims to discuss advances in this interdisciplinary area, dealing with innovative techniques, alternative solvents, original procedures, comprehension of intensification mechanisms, by products valorization, and the green impacts and sustainable footprints.

In the field of extraction of natural products and conventional methods, mostly using organic solvents, have major drawbacks, such as insufficient recovery of extracts, long extraction times, high amounts of by-products and wastes, and high energy consumption. In recent years, the trend of extraction has moved to “sustainability”, making a transition to “Green Extraction”, to develop more “sustainable” processes using alternative solvents, less energy, and reducing waste, while ensuring the quality of final products. 

A number of selected high-impact full text papers, as extended version, will be considered for this Special Issue of Molecules, a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal that focuses on all aspects of synthetic organic chemistry and natural product chemistry.The papers will cover the following topics:

► Alternative solvents for green extraction

•  Supercritical fluid extraction •  Subcritical water extraction • Agrosolvents  • Solvent free extraction • Green solvents: ionic liquids, micellar extraction, etc.

► Sustainable and clean extraction technologies • Ultrasound and microwave processes • High pressure assisted processes • Pulse Electric field processes • Extrusion • Enzymatic extraction

► Innovative extraction process design

• Experimental design • Optimal design • Intensification (mini, micro devices) • Reaction/separation coupling (Membrane reactors, Adsorptive reactors, Reactive distillation, Reactive extraction) • Cleaner production

► Valorization of by products and biorefinery

• Thermal processes • Innovative technologies • Product optimization, characterization, stabilization and applications • Industrial applications for the production of fuels, fine chemicals, flavoring agents and pharmaceuticals

► Industrial and case study applications

• Pharmaceutic • Food and nutrition • Cosmetic and perfume • Fuel and bio-energy enzymatic extraction • Fiscal and economic benefits of sustainable green processes 

► New tools for green extraction education and operator training 

The aim of GENP 2018 is to develop a platform for promoting cooperation between scientists sharing scientific interests in Green Extraction of Natural Products from European and other countries and to support cooperation between scientists in this field. Excellent speakers from all over the world will present their results within individual sections of GENP 2018. 

For all details please see https://genp2018.wordpress.com, where the full list of scientific commetee is available, including Farid Chemat (Avignon, France), Giancarlo Cravotto (Turin, Italy), Jochen Strube (Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany), Francisco Barba (Valencia, Spain), Patrizia Perego (Genoa, Italy), Ivana Radojčić (Zagreb, Croatia), Sivakumar.Manickam (Malaysia), Ying LI (Guangzhou, China), Laila Mandi (Marrakech, Morocco), Yacine Hemar (Auckland, New Zealand), Riccardo Amirante (Bari, Italy)and Carlo Franchini (Bari, Italy). 

Participants of the conference are cordially invited to contribute original research papers or reviews to this Special Issue of Molecules

Prof. Maria Lisa Clodoveo
Prof. Filomena Corbo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Green extraction
  • Separation and purification
  • Intensification
  • Enabling technologies
  • Deep eutectic solvents
  • Natural products
  • Supercritical fluids

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