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Industrial Biotechnology aims to publish major insights related to enzymatic and microbial routes for the manufacture of bio-based products and for industrial processes.
Of particular interest is the application of biotechnology to enable the biorefinery in a global sustainable bio-economy for the production of renewable chemicals, plastics and biofuels reducing energy consumption and creation of waste. This includes studies on the utilization of organic and inorganic (e.g. bioleaching) waste streams and on resource conservation.
Articles demonstrating the potential of biotechnology in synthesis, functionalization and recycling of polymeric materials are likewise relevant. Moreover, we want to encourage papers on the opportunities of biotechnology and bioprospecting to develop novel products and processes. Mechanistic studies forming the essential basis for the development of industrially attractive processes is a highly important focus.
Equally, the section welcomes papers using synthetic biology approaches for the improvement of industrial biocatalysts and production systems e.g. involving metabolic and genetic engineering techniques. Novel concepts for the improvement of catalysts or imparting novel functionalities with industrial potential to proteins by using technologies such directed evolution are highly relevant.
One of the aims of the section is to cover applications of industrial biotechnology in diverse sectors including, but not limited to,
• polymer processing and functionalisation (including pulp and paper, textiles, bioplastics)
• food and feed processing
• chemical industry
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Industrial Biotechnology welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Brief Research Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Industrial Biotechnology, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Industrial Biotechnology will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Bioengineering and Biotechnology.
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