Special Issue "Biofilm Processes"

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Biological Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Enrico Marsili
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Guest Editor
Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637551, Singapore
Interests: electrochemically active biofilms; biofilm processes; bioremediation; biosynthetic nanomaterials; biosensors
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Dr. Michael Kitching
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Guest Editor
Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Interests: electrochemically active biofilms, biosensors, biomarkers and medically relevant biofilms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biofilm reactors have been commercially used in the water/wastewater treatment [1] and micropollutant removal [2]. However, new opportunities are arising with the rapid expansion of our understanding of biofilm engineering and biology over the last ten years. Biofilms show promise for sustainable chemical production [3], because of the high biomass concentration and the separation of microbial catalyst from the process stream. Furthermore, biofilms tolerate high concentrations of toxic products, thus, simplifying downstream separation processes [4,5]. Emerging processes for bioenergy and biofuel production can also be implemented in biofilm reactors, with a significant increase of the output per unit of reactor volume [6]. This Special Issue will include innovative research on biofilm processes for wastewater treatment, bioremediation and production purposes.

Guide:

This Special Issue will cover the most recent advances in biofilm processes, with particular regards to:

1) Fundamental and theory of biofilm processes, e.g., biofilm catalysis, novel bioreactor, modelling, simulation pilot scale, and full-scale applications.

2) Pilot-scale applications and long-term process data analysis

3) Full-scale implementation for production purposes.

This issue is not restricted to a particular kind of biofilm or process or reactor. Submission of innovative processes and bioreactor concepts is highly encouraged.

References

  1. Syron E, Casey, E. Membrane-aerated biofilms for high rate biotreatment: Performance appraisal, engineering principles, scale-up, and development requirements. Environ. Sci. Technol.200842, 1833–1844.
  2. Grandclement C, Seyssiecq I, Piram A, Wong-Wah-Chung P, Vanot G, Tiliacos N, Roche N, Doumenq P. From the conventional biological wastewater treatment to hybrid processes, the evaluation of organic micropollutant removal: A review. Water Res. 2017, 111, 297–317.
  3. Willrodt C, Halan B, Karthaus L, Rehdorf Mattijs J, Julsing K, Buehler K, Schmid A. Continuous multistep synthesis of perillic acid from limonene by catalytic biofilms under segmented flow. Biotechnol. & Bioeng. 2017, 114, 281-290.
  4. Rosche, B.; Zhong, L.X.; Hauer, B.; Schmid, A.; Buehler, K. Microbial biofilms: a concept for industrial catalysis? Trends Biotechnol200927, 636–643.
  5. Jiang L, Song X, Li Y, Xu Q, Pu J, Huang H, Zhong C. Programming integrative extracellular and intracellular biocatalysis for rapid, robust, and recyclable synthesis of trehalose. ACS Catalysis 2018, 8, 1837-1842.
  6. Rabaey, K.; Rozendal, R.A. Microbial electrosynthesis—Revisiting the electrical route for microbial production. Nat. Rev. Microbiol.20108, 706–716.

Dr. Enrico Marsili
Dr. Michael Kitching
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. Processes 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 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Please note that for papers submitted after 31 December 2019 an APC of 1400 CHF applies. 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

  • biofilms
  • green biotechnology
  • bioremediation
  • biofilm reactors
  • bioprocesses
  • bioenergy

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A Dynamic Biofilm Model for a Microbial Electrolysis Cell
Processes 2019, 7(4), 183; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr7040183 - 29 Mar 2019
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In this work, a mathematical description of a Microbial Electrolysis Cell (MEC) is proposed, taking into account the global mass balances of the different species in the system and considering that all the involved microorganisms are attached to the anodic biological film. Three [...] Read more.
In this work, a mathematical description of a Microbial Electrolysis Cell (MEC) is proposed, taking into account the global mass balances of the different species in the system and considering that all the involved microorganisms are attached to the anodic biological film. Three main biological reactions are introduced, which were obtained from the solution of partial differential equations describing the spatial distribution of potential and substrate in the biofilm. The simulation of the model was carried out using numerical methods, and the results are discussed. Full article
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Perspectives on Resource Recovery from Bio-Based Production Processes: From Concept to Implementation
Processes 2017, 5(3), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr5030048 - 21 Aug 2017
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Recovering valuable compounds from waste streams of bio-based production processes is in line with the circular economy paradigm, and is achievable by implementing “simple-to-use” and well-established process separation technologies. Such solutions are acceptable from industrial, economic and environmental points of view, implying relatively [...] Read more.
Recovering valuable compounds from waste streams of bio-based production processes is in line with the circular economy paradigm, and is achievable by implementing “simple-to-use” and well-established process separation technologies. Such solutions are acceptable from industrial, economic and environmental points of view, implying relatively easy future implementation on pilot- and full-scale levels in the bio-based industry. Reviewing such technologies is therefore the focus here. Considerations about technology readiness level (TRL) and Net Present Value (NPV) are included in the review, since TRL and NPV contribute significantly to the techno-economic evaluation of future and promising process solutions. Based on the present review, a qualitative guideline for resource recovery from bio-based production processes is proposed. Finally, future approaches and perspectives toward identification and implementation of suitable resource recovery units for bio-based production processes are discussed. Full article
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