Microbial Cell Factories is calling for submissions to our Collection on 'Immobilization of Microbial Cells for Industrial and Environmental Applications.'
Immobilization of microbial cells has been widely applied for industrial and environmental applications. Cell immobilization can limit the mobility of the cells using synthetic or natural polymers generating reusable biocatalysts instead of free cells. This special issue aims to collect diversified findings to advance our interdisciplinary understanding of microbial immobilization techniques, used materials, and properties of immobilized systems. Regarding environmental applications, immobilized cells have the potential to be utilized in the degradation of various types of wastewater contaminants, pesticides, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and other organic and inorganic pollutants. New findings on the influences on the formation, weathering, and transportation of minerals, elements, or nutrients in various systems will be addressed. Meanwhile, their industrial application as sole functional microorganisms will also be included. The microorganisms in this topic will include bacteria, fungi, althea, algae, and viruses. The topics that will be covered, but not limited to:
- Microorganism-induced biomineralization, regulation of elemental geochemistry
- Application of immobilized microorganisms in environmental remediation, wastewater systems or agricultural soils
- Synergistic effects and mechanisms of functional microbial-assisted green materials
- Development of cell immobilization techniques, selection of immobilization support, application of immobilized microorganisms in industrial reactions, etc.
- Synthesis and application of immobilized beads in microbial biotechnological approaches
- Immobilized algae-bacteria cells and their environmental applications