About this Research Topic
Metabolic and biochemical engineering hold great promises towards improvement in the circular economy and more largely on the bioeconomy. Growing attention on sustainability in manufacturing and also in waste re-use has prompted research in all aspects of science and engineering. There is a society challenge and an economic need to invest into innovation in a wide array of manufacturing processes and the field of biotechnology certainly deserve great attention. Competences from different scientific areas should converge to exploit frontiers technological solution to obtain products through sustainable processes.
This Research Topic aims to investigate the design and development of integrated biotechnological processes and/or to present innovative solution from specific step processes aiming at improving sustainability.
Bioplastic, building blocks, biofuels and more generally biomolecules that will be useful not only for energy purposes, but also as starting materials in biotransformation, or in applications like food and feed, nutraceutical, and generally active ingredients.
We welcome Original Research, Review Articles and Perspectives proposing innovative solution ranging from metabolic engineering, renewable substrate pretreatment, to developing suitable fermentation or biotransformation processes on a representative scale and/or propose downstream processes and semi-synthetic approach that should consider as central the theme of sustainability.
A list of topics we expect to cover (but not limited to) are:
• Metabolic engineering towards improved biosynthesis of biofuels or building blocks (or biomolecules) from renewable resources or waste
• Integrated biotechnological processes
• Solvent free downstream processes (or downstream processes improvement towards reduction of solvent use (inflammability, safety, toxicity…etc.)
• From waste to products: innovative strategies for circular economy
Keywords: Sustainable Processes, Biotechnology for Green Chemistry, Solvent-Free Downstream Processes, High Yield Fermentation Processes
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