About this Research Topic
The use of renewable, biomass-based raw materials to produce bioproducts of High-Tech Value play an important role in developing a green and low carbon economy. The development of new sectors in the chemical industry field, such as green chemistry, will depend on the technological progress of a series of eco-sustainable processes, on the achievement of an advance in terms of technical and economic performance and will depend on the availability of renewable biomass. Biomass represents a valuable potential to obtain natural bio compounds. These include a broad diversity of structures and functionalities that provide an excellent pool of molecules for the production of nutraceuticals, functional foods, and food additives. At the same time, the environmental issues linked to the chemical performances have received increasing attention in the scientific community. Many classical synthetic methodologies require large amounts of natural resources and generate copious amounts of waste.
In recent years the interest in the recovery, recycling and upgrading of residues from plant food processing has increased drastically. Considering the risk of the toxicity or the adverse effect of the drug, the scientific community is turning to food supplements to improve health. Such products could be nutrients derived from processed foods by environmental-friendly techniques of extraction, as for example the use of green solvent, or by chemical modifications in solvent-free conditions, or in water and other non-toxic solvents in the absence and in presence of low toxic catalysts. In the same way, the eco-friendly conversion of biomass into the most promising molecules in the pharmaceutical industry provides important precursors that can be utilized as intermediates in the synthesis of bioactive molecules.
This Research Topic welcomes investigators to contribute articles focused on advances in developing new biomaterials, new synthetic methods and new environmental extractions process to obtain important compounds useful in the field of the pharmaceutical industry. Both research articles and review articles are encouraged. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to:
• Biomass as a source of drug candidates.
• Conversion of biomass into molecules utilized as intermediates in the synthesis of bioactive molecules.
• Environmentally friendly techniques of Extraction of promising molecules from biomass (green solvents, chemical modifications in solvent-free conditions, water, presence of low toxic catalysts etc.
• Biomass as a source of bio compounds.
Keywords: Green chemistry, Pharmaceutical compounds, Biomass conversion, Green solvent, Biomaterial
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