Special Issue "Frontiers in Microbial Biopolymers"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 11 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Aparna Banerjee
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Guest Editor
Centro de investigación en Estudios Avanzados del Maule (CIEAM), Vicerrectoría de Investigación Y Posgrado, Universidad Católica del Maule, Av. San Miguel 3605, Talca, Maule, Chile
Interests: biopolymers; exopolysaccharides; green synthesis of nanoparticles; extremophilic microbiology; microbial conservation; microbial bioinformatics
Dr. Gustavo Cabrera-Barjas
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Guest Editor
Unidad de Desarrollo Tecnológico (UDT), Universidad de Concepción, Av. Cordillera 2634, Parque Industrial Coronel, Coronel 3349001, Chile
Interests: polysaccharides; biocomposites, nanocomposites; nanofibers; biological activity; food packaging, biorefinery
Dr. Ashok Kumar Nadda
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Guest Editor
Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, Solan, Himachal Pradesh 173234, India
Interests: biocatalysis; biopolymers; CO2 conversion; nanocatalysis; bioresources and industrial products
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microbial cell factories have been well studied over the last decades for the production of a large diversity of intracellular and extracellular biopolymers. Microbial polymers, such as polysaccharides (Capsular polysaccharide, Lipopolysaccharide, and Exopolysaccharides), polyesters (Polyhydroxyalkanoates), polyphosphates, or proteinaceous compounds, are not only reported to have role in microbial pathogenicity, but also function as a protecting sheath to the microorganisms growing in the different extreme environments of Earth. Interdisciplinary research on microbial biopolymers has shone a spotlight on their cellular and molecular mechanisms of biosynthesis, and also their diverse applications in the food industry (food additives, food packaging, or food processing), wastewater treatment, bioremediation of toxic/xenobiotic compounds, the pharmaceutical industry (biomedicine and drug carriers), and much more.

This Special Issue seeks papers which focus on the “Frontiers in Microbial Biopolymers” from different perspectives, such as exploration and complete characterization of novel microbial biopolymers from different ecosystems, including extreme environments; novel applications of microbial biopolymers in different industrial applications; understanding the biosynthesis of microbial biopolymers; and the synthesis and applications of microbial biopolymer biocomposites or nanocomposites (nanoparticles). The aim of this Special Issue is to popularise the theme of “Biopolymers” from novel sources of microorganisms.

Dr. Aparna Banerjee
Dr. Gustavo Cabrera-Barjas
Dr. Ashok Kumar Nadda
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. Polymers 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 2200 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.

Keywords

  • microbial biopolymers
  • microbial polysaccharides
  • bacterial exopolysaccharides
  • polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • polyphosphates
  • polylactic acids
  • biopolymers
  • food industry
  • food packaging
  • food processing
  • food additives
  • antimicrobials
  • wastewater treatment
  • circular bioeconomy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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