Biocatalysis utilises enzymes and other biological catalysts to facilitate chemical transformations and represents a rapidly expanding field within catalysis research. Chemical reactions catalysed by enzymes, either isolated or within whole cells offer more selective and environmentally more acceptable alternatives to traditional chemical routes. Hence, biocatalysis is widely considered as an important pillar of making chemistry more sustainable.
The Biocatalysis section of Frontiers in Catalysis aims at contributing to these ambitious goals by providing a platform for high-quality fundamental and applied biocatalysis research.
This section welcomes submission of original research reports and reviews contributing to the advancement of biocatalysis for chemical synthesis. The advancement can be on in-depth understanding of catalytic mechanisms and reactions, new reaction concepts or on improved catalysts/procedures for chemical synthesis. This includes but is limited to:
- New biocatalysts. This includes new enzymes and biocatalyst systems originating from natural or man-made diversity (e.g. new enzymes/microorganisms from metagenomes, natural isolates, protein engineering).
- New transformations. New biocatalytic conversions leading to new products or starting from so far unconsidered starting materials are very welcome to the journal.
- New reaction concepts. This includes new catalytic cascade reactions, their setup and characterisations as well as modelling and optimisation. Combinations of biocatalytic reactions with chemocatalytic methods (e.g. transition metal catalysis, photocatalysis, electrochemistry to mention just a few) are welcome.
- Non-aqueous reaction systems. Contributions dealing with neoteric solvents are welcome provided they represent a clear beneficial alternative (in terms of biocatalyst activity or –stability, reagents solubilities etc.) over the current state-of-the-art.
- New reactor concepts. This includes new reactor and/or reaction concepts to improve the efficiency of biocatalytic reactions (e.g. flow chemistry approaches, bubble columns, neoteric solvents, neat reactions etc.)
- New fundamental insights into catalysis mechanisms.
- New biocatalyst formulation concepts. This includes immobilisation of enzymes or whole cells provided the immobilisation method or the catalysts obtained represent a conceptually new approach or a clear advancement over the current state-of-the-art.
The following research topics will not be considered for publication:
- Manuscripts that deal with biodegradation/bioremediation
- Manuscripts failing to convincingly and quantitatively demonstrate an advancement over the current state-of-the-art
- Manuscripts dealing with biomimetic studies
- Biosensor applications
- Manuscripts using terms such as ‘efficient’ or ‘green’ without quantitative basis. If authors call their reactions efficient, at least one quantitative measure must be given to assess efficiency and compare with the state-of-the-art. Likewise, any green claims must be quantified and be compared with relevant alternative methods of the state-of-the-art (simple mentioning of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry is not sufficient).
All studies published in Frontiers in Biocatalysis must significantly contribute to the advancement of the biocatalysis field. Incremental improvements of existing concepts/catalysts/reactions are seen very critically by the editorial board. In other words, submissions that report yet another variation of a well-established reaction, catalyst or concept that fail to present a significant advancement over the current state-of-the-art will not be considered for publication by this journal.
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Biocatalysis welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Mini Review, Original Research, Perspective, Review and Specialty Grand Challenge.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Biocatalysis, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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