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Special Issue "Microalgae for Production of Bioproducts and Biofuels"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Cristina González-Fernandez

Biotechnological Processes Unit, IMDEA Energy, 28935 Madrid, Spain
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Interests: wastewater and wastes; anaerobic digestion; fermentative processes; process inhibitors; volatile fatty acids; wastes revalorization
Guest Editor
Dr. Luisa Gouveia

Bioenergy Unit, LNEG - National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, I.P., 1649-038 Lisbon, Portugal
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Interests: microalgae biotechnology; lipid and pigment induction; biofuels (biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas, biohydrogen, and jetfuel; biorefineries; wastewater treatment; CO2 mitigation; supercritical CO2 extraction of bioactive high-value compounds; bio-fertilizers/stimulants and pesticides; bioplastics/biopolymers; microbial fuel cells; life cycle analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear colleague,

Microalgae have been recognized to possess great potential within the bioeconomy context. Although the total market size of algae bioproducts is still relatively small, the sector has undergone impressive growth. Nevertheless, significant challenges need to be addressed, such as (i) efficient and low-cost cultivation methods (in terms of growth rate, and product synthesis rate); (ii) harvesting and separation of the microalgal biomass from the culture medium; (iii) pre-treatment of the algal biomass to release its components (mainly lipids, proteins, carbohydrates) for further conversion; and (iv) further conversion steps to obtain biofuels and/or biocompounds This Special Issue invites manuscripts from authors who develop algae-related processes. Authors are invited to submit original research articles covering areas of cultivation, wastewater treatment, harvesting, biomass extraction, bioproductos, biofuels, biofertilizers/stimulants/pesticides, and biorefinery. Not only the production of algae and biomass use for different purposes are sought in this Special Issue but sustainability and economic process assessments are also welcome. Reviews that make substantial advances within this field are also invited to contribute to this Special Issue.

Dr. Cristina González-Fernandez
Dr. Luisa Gouveia
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 semimonthly 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.


  • Microalgae-based wastewater treatment
  • Biofuels
  • Bioactive-compounds
  • Biofertilizers/stimulants/pesticides
  • Bioproducts
  • Harvesting
  • Sustainability process assessment

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