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Green and Sustainable Separation of Natural Products from Plant-Derived Waste

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Waste and Recycling".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 27 January 2025 | Viewed by 95

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School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmacy, University of São Paulo, São Paulo 05508-000, Brazil
Interests: natural products chemistry; mass spectrometry; spectroscopy; pharmacognosy; bioactive natural compounds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The separation of natural products from plant-derived waste represents a significant frontier in green chemistry and sustainable technology. This field holds the promise of converting what is traditionally seen as waste into valuable bioactive compounds and materials. Such processes are crucial to reducing environmental impact, enhancing resource efficiency, and supporting the circular economy. They align with global sustainability goals by minimizing waste and reducing the reliance on non-renewable resources. The scientific background of this research area spans several disciplines including chemistry, biotechnology, and environmental science, showcasing its vast potential for innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration.

This Special Issue of Sustainability, an MDPI open access journal, aims to highlight and disseminate cutting-edge research on the green and sustainable separation of natural products from plant-derived waste. Our objective is to showcase innovative methodologies, technologies, and strategies that enhance the efficiency and sustainability of these separation processes. We encourage contributions that demonstrate clear environmental, economic, and social benefits, and that can be scaled from the laboratory to industrial applications.

In this Special Issue, we welcome original research articles and reviews that cover, but are not limited to, the following themes: (1) innovative separation techniques—studies on novel methodologies and technologies for extracting natural products from plant-based waste, including, but not limited to, supercritical fluid extraction, microwave-assisted extraction, ultrasonic extraction, and enzymatic methods; (2) the circular economy and waste valorization—research focusing on the transformation of plant-derived waste into valuable products, contributing to waste reduction and resource recovery within the framework of a circular economy; (3) spectroscopic methods for determining the chemical potential of plant-derived waste—the application and development of spectroscopic techniques for analyzing and determining the chemical potential of waste derived from plant materials; and (4) life cycle assessment (LCA) and sustainability metrics—papers evaluating the environmental impacts associated with the separation processes, including energy consumption, carbon footprint, and overall sustainability.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and advancing the field of green and sustainable separation technologies.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Pecoraro Demarque
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. Sustainability 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 2400 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.


  • sustainable separation
  • plant-derived waste
  • green extraction
  • circular economy
  • bioactive compound recovery

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