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Special Issue "Microbial Carbohydrates for Biotechnology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Seunho Jung

Professor, Department of Systems Biotechnology, Konkuk Institute of Technology (KIT); Director, Microbial Carbohydrate Resource Bank, Konkuk University, Seoul 05029, Korea
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Interests: nanobiotechnology using microbial polysaccharides; polysaccharide hydrogels; polysaccharides as green materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is related to the microbial carbohydrates for biotechnology, which includes a variety of applications using the polysaccharides or cyclooligosacahrides produced by microorganisms in nature.

Microorganisms produce various kinds of functional carbohydrates, such as exopolysaccharides (EPS), capsular polysaccharides (CPS), lipopolysaccharides (LPS) and intracellular/periplasmic saccharides, including chitin, chitosan, cellulose, alteran, xylan, xanthan, dextran, hyaluronic acid, succinoglycan, alginate, cyclosophoraose and cyclodextrin, which have tremendous potential for biotechnology in the fields of biochemical engineering, agriculture, pharmaceutics and biomedicine. Microbial carbohydrates as eco-friendly biopolymeric materials have been extensively used for various applications such as drug delivery, hydrogel scaffolds for regenerative medicine, (physical/chemical/biological) property-enhancers by molecular complexation. 

Participants of this Special Issue, as well as all researchers working in the field, are cordially invited to contribute original research papers or reviews to this Special Issue of Molecules, which report on the topics including both microbial polysaccharide engineering based on eco-friendly polymeric biomaterials for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications and host-guest complex engineering for guest property (solubility, stability, bioavailability) enhancing technology. 

Prof. Seunho Jung
Guest Editor

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 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.


  • Microbial Polysaccharides Chemistry/Engineering
  • Microbial Polysaccharide-based Soft Materials (sol, gels, foams, colloids, granular materials, liquid crystals)
  • Microbial Cyclooligosaccharides
  • Microbial Carbohydrates-Based Host-Guest Complex Chemistry
  • Novel Polysaccharides Isolated from Microorganisms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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