Special Issue "Enzymatic Synthesis and Characterization of Polymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: biocatalysis; enzyme immobilization; sol–gel entrapment; enzymatic polymer synthesis; bioproducts; bioconjugates; lipase; enzymatic kinetic resolution; copolyesters
Interests: applied biocatalysis; enzymatic polymerization; enzymatic cascade reactions; biopolymers; polyesters; biomonomers; polysaccharides; proteins; lignin; lipases; oxidative enzymes; polymer characterization; function–structure relationships
Alongside the well-known biopolymers synthesized by microorganisms, a remarkable development was noticed in the past decades for the utilization of isolated enzymes as green alternatives in polymer science. Particularly, the conversion of renewable monomers in environmentally benign polymeric materials, such as polyesters and polyamides, has become an emerging topic. The exceptional catalytic power and selectivity of the enzymes open tremendous possibilities to carry out polymerization reactions in vitro.
The Special Issue “Enzymatic synthesis of polymers” will focus on the latest developments in the field of biocatalytic in vitro synthesis of new polymeric and oligomeric compounds in various reaction media, fine tuning of the enzyme polymerization specificity by immobilization, as well as advanced methods of process monitoring, characterization, and utilization of the synthesized polymers and copolymers. Original papers and reviews are welcome in the following main (but not exclusive) topics:
- Utilization of bio-based resources for sustainable enzymatic polymer synthesis;
- Advancement in the capability of isolated enzymes to catalyze polymerization and copolymerization reactions in vitro;
- New block copolymers by chemoenzymatic processes;
- The role of immobilization for improving the process parameters and allowing continuous processes;
- Utilization of ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents, and other nonconventional reaction media for enzymatic polymerizations in vitro;
- Modification of carbohydrates and lignin-based compounds by enzyme-catalyzed polymerization;
- Utilization of MALDI-TOF MS, NMR, and other instrumental techniques for the elucidation of the mechanism of polymerization/copolymerization and structural characterization of the new polymeric compounds.
Prof. Francisc Peter
Dr. Carmen Boeriu
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- Biocatalytic polymerization
- Bio-based oligomers
- Bio-based polymers
- Immobilized and engineered enzymes
- Nonconventional reaction media
- Green polymerization pathways
- Polymer characterization
- Chemoenzymatic polymer synthesis