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Microalgae for sustainable production of bioplastics


Guest Editors:
Roberto Parra Saldívar: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
Elda Madai Melchor MartínezTecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 March 2024


Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts is calling for submissions to our Collection on Microalgae for sustainable production of bioplastics.

Microalgae have been identified as a promising source of bioplastics due to their high growth rates and ability to produce a variety of biodegradable and renewable polymers. These organisms are particularly interesting as a source of bioplastics because they can be grown using a variety of low-cost, non-arable land, and non-potable water resources.


 

This Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 12 and SDG 14.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Roberto Parra Saldívar: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Professor Roberto Parra Saldívar, is the Head of the Special Unit Bioproduction Systems for Sustainable Manufacture in the Institute of Advanced Materials for Sustainable Manufacturing at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. PhD in Biotechnology University of Cranfield, United Kingdom and post-doctorate at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom. Visiting professor at MIT in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Langer and Harvard University. In his professional career of more than 20 years He has directed more than 80 national and international projects as Principal Investigator and is an evaluator of projects in Poland, Singapore, Poland, the Netherlands, the United States, Colombia and Mexico. Intellectual Property (42 items). Publications in Scopus (259 papers, 7625 cites, H-index 46).

Elda Madai Melchor MartínezTecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Dr. Elda Melchor-Martínez is a researcher in the Institute of Advanced Materials for Sustainable Manufacturing at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. PhD in Biomedical Chemistry at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. Visiting Postdoc at the University of St. Andrews and Technical University of Denmark. Her research projects have been in the fields of Polymers Chemistry, Sustainable Agriculture and Nanotechnology. She has 53 publications, 479 citations and H-index of 14.

  1. The increasingly severe salinization of the aquatic environment has led to serious damage to the habitats of aquatic organisms. Benthic diatoms are commonly employed as indicator species for assessing water qu...

    Authors: Xintong Wang, Xianghong Meng, Yanlong Dong, Chunhua Song, Fengyang Sui, Xinxin Lu, Xiaoxue Mei, Yawen Fan and Yan Liu
    Citation: Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts 2024 17:11

About the collection

Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts is calling for submissions to our Collection on Microalgae for sustainable production of bioplastics.

Microalgae have been identified as a promising source of bioplastics due to their high growth rates and ability to produce a variety of biodegradable and renewable polymers. These organisms are particularly interesting as a source of bioplastics because they can be grown using a variety of low-cost, non-arable land, and non-potable water resources. The production of bioplastics involves the cultivation of the microalgae in bioreactors under controlled conditions, followed by the extraction of the biopolymer from the biomass. The extracted polymers can be processed into various forms of bioplastics, including films, coatings, and biodegradable packaging. Research into the production of bioplastics from microalgae is ongoing, and several challenges need to be addressed, including improving the efficiency of production, optimizing cultivation conditions, and developing cost-effective extraction and processing methods. Despite these challenges, the potential of microalgae as a source of bioplastics is significant, and continued research and development in this area could lead to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional plastics.

This special collection of Biotechnology for Biofuels aims to gather high-quality research outcomes on the recent advances in the use of microalgae for bioplastic production. Specifically, the collection will cover the following topics (but are not limited to): production, extraction, purification, characterization, and optimization of bioplastics production (co-polymerization, Plasticizers and Compatibilizers for example polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), etc. and their industrial applications. The research focused on techno-economic analysis and life-cycle assessment of bioplastic production using microalgae is also encouraged.


Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles, Data Notes, Case Reports, Study Protocols, and Database Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select Microalgae for sustainable production of bioplastics from the dropdown menu.

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

The Guest 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 Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.