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Biobased Materials for a Sustainable Future: Biotechnological Pathways and Applications

Edited by:
Jingbo Li, PhD, Ginkgo Bioworks Inc., United States of America
Abhishek Walia, PhD, Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, India
Maria Eugenia Inda-Webb, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 October 2024

Biotechnology for Sustainable Materials is calling for submissions to our Collection on Biobased Materials for a Sustainable Future: Biotechnological Pathways and Applications.

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New Content ItemThis collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Jingbo Li, PhD, Ginkgo Bioworks Inc., USA

Dr. Jingbo Li is currently an R&D Associate Director at Ginkgo Bioworks, Boston, US, focusing on engineering microorganisms to synthesize high value compounds from different substrates and enzyme engineering to improve properties of enzymes. Right before his current appointment, he was a Postdoc researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the main focus on engineering metabolic pathways of Yarrowia lipolytica to synthesize jet-fuel from CO2-derived substrates. He also worked at Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab, Food Oil, Denmark, for a short period focusing on scaling up canola lecithin and canola protein production after his PhD. His research interests are in developing precision biology and sustainable chemo-enzymatic processes for conversion of organic waste streams into food ingredients for future food applications. He has authored around 50 peer-reviewed publications including book chapters with an H-index of 22 from Google scholar.

Abhishek Walia, PhD, Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, India

Dr. Abhishek Walia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, College of Basic Sciences at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India. He has total 10 years of Teaching and Research experience after obtaining his Doctorate degree. Dr. Walia has published international and national 40 research papers, 11 Review articles, 16 Book chapters, 2 Conceptual articles, 2 Books and 2 Lab Manuals. He has received DST-Inspire Fellowship by Government of India. He qualified National eligibility test for lectureship in India. He is Associate Editor in Frontiers in Microbiotechnology Journals, Editorial Board Member of Biotechnology for Sustainable Materials, Review Editor in Pantnagar Journal of Research and Editorial Board member in other international and national journals of repute. He has also Headed the Department of Microbiology at DAV University, Jalandhar, Punjab. Dr. Walia is working in the area of Agriculture and Environmental Microbiology and currently focusing on the aspect of biofertilizers, biocontrol agents, agro-residue waste management and transformation to various valuable products for the hilly regions of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Maria Eugenia Inda-Webb, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Dr. Maria Eugenia Inda-Webb is working in the Synthetic Biology Center at MIT engineering living materials to diagnose disorders in the gut, such as inflammatory bowel disease. Since 2018, she serves in the MIT CommLab and has started and leads the MIT Microbiome Journal club. She is the 2023 Award for Early Career Environmental Research — American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the 2020 Langer Fellow for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence — American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the 2015 EMBO/EMBL SynBio-poster award and the ASM's first Agar Art contest award (2015). Outside the lab, she loves capturing beauty with her Nikon D3400 camera.

About the Collection

The global community is facing an urgent need to transition towards sustainable practices across various sectors to combat environmental challenges such as climate change, resource depletion, and pollution. Within this context, the development and utilization of biobased materials have emerged as a promising avenue for creating a more sustainable future. Biobased materials, derived from renewable resources such as biomass, microorganisms, and agricultural byproducts, have the potential to reduce the ecological footprint of traditional materials and pave the way for a more sustainable and circular economy. Biotechnological advancements are at the forefront of this transformation. Through biotechnology, it is possible to harness the power of biological processes, such as fermentation, genetic engineering, and enzymatic transformations, to produce, modify, and process biobased materials with improved performance and reduced environmental impact. This special issue aims to explore the diverse biotechnological pathways and applications driving the development of biobased materials and their role in ensuring a sustainable future.

Authors are encouraged to submit original research articles, comprehensive reviews, in-depth case studies, and insightful opinion pieces that align closely with the aim and scope of this special issue. This special issue will cover different topics related to advancements in biotechnological routes for sustainable materials, but not limited, to the following issues:

  • Bioprocessing and fermentation techniques for biobased materials.
  • Material properties enhancement through genetic engineering.
  • Mechanical and thermal properties of biobased materials.
  • Advanced analytical techniques for biobased material characterization.
  • Life cycle assessments and circular economy of biobased materials.
  • Biobased materials for medical and healthcare applications.
  • Application in renewable energy production and storage technologies.
  • Biobased materials for sustainable packaging and construction.
  • Social and economic impacts of biobased materials transition.
  1. Synthetic biology has revolutionized the creation of microbial cell factories for the efficient production of value-added chemicals and materials from renewable resources. The rational design of these factorie...

    Authors: Minjun Chang, Se Jun Ahn, Taehee Han and Dongsoo Yang
    Citation: Biotechnology for Sustainable Materials 2024 1:6
  2. Bioethanol production from waste materials offers a promising avenue for sustainable energy and waste management. In this study, fermentable sugars derived from tetra pack waste cellulose were bio-transformed ...

    Authors: Rinki, Pooja Yadav, Aditya Sharma, Pushpak Dahiya, Aakash Kashyap, Abhishek Walia, Arvind Kumar Bhatt and Ravi Kant Bhatia
    Citation: Biotechnology for Sustainable Materials 2024 1:4
  3. Plastic-based films that are commonly used in the food packaging industry are tough to recycle due to their sorting issue and these films do not decay as they photodegrade into microplastics. These microplasti...

    Authors: Yasir Abbas Shah, Saurabh Bhatia, Ahmed Al-Harrasi and Talha Shireen Khan
    Citation: Biotechnology for Sustainable Materials 2024 1:2

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of research articles, comprehensive reviews, in-depth case studies, and insightful opinion pieces. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 

Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. Please, select the appropriate Collection title “Biobased Materials for a Sustainable Future: Biotechnological Pathways and Applications" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.