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Special Issue "Advances in Chitin and Chitosan Science"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Natural Products Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Massimiliano Fenice

Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Dipartimento di Scienze Ecologiche e Biologiche (DEB), Laboratorio di Microbiologia e Microbiologia Marina Applicata (CoNISMa), Viterbo, Italy
Interests: production and characterization of microbial enzymes (chitinolytic enzymes in particular); biodiversity of microorganisms from extreme environments; microbial treatment of wastes and wastewater; optimization of microbial bioprocesses (fermentations)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Chitin is a very abundant natural polysaccharide. This linear homopolymer of N-Acetyl-D-glucosamine and its deacetylated form chitosan have peculiar biological and physiochemical properties including biodegradability, biocompatibility, and bioactivity. Chitin and, principally, chitosan are still the subjects of a lot of research activities that lead to interesting applications in agriculture, biotechnology, and medical sciences. The investigation of these polysaccharides and related enzyme activities involves a number of scientists that gather in International Societies and actively participate in various international conferences and workshops. A very large number of basic and application works have been carried out in the last decades to depict the structure and the potentiality of these bio-polymers. Nevertheless, the number of new studies devoted to these topics is still high, indicating a constant vivid interest regarding chitin and chitosan science.

The Special Issue “Advances in Chitin and Chitosan Science” aims to supply a broad platform for the diffusion of the most recent studies regarding chitin, chitosan, and related enzymes. Main topics of the Issue will be the chemistry and biochemistry of chitin and chitosan; the production and applications of chitin, chitosan, and their derivatives; the bio-synthesis and bio-degradation of chitin and chitosan; and chitinolytic organisms and their applications. In this context, all high-quality contributions, by basic or applied scientists, describing new aspects of chitin and chitosan science are welcome, together with review papers resuming the “state of the art” of a specific part of this science.

Prof. Massimiliano Fenice
Guest Editor

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.


  • chitin
  • chitosan
  • chitin derivatives
  • chitin and chitosan degrading enzymes
  • chitinolytic organisms

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