Green Chemistry for the Synthesis and Extraction of Bioactive Molecules
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 5100
Interests: renewable energy and photovoltaics; catalytic and photocatalytic materials; biomass conversion
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Bioactive molecules, of both synthetic and natural origin, are the key ingredients of drugs, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, supplements, and functional food. Advanced, green synthetic and extraction processes and technologies for the sustainable production of large volumes of bioactive compounds are increasingly replacing the conventional processes used by the chemical industry to manufacture these functional products.
Modern technologies for the extraction of natural bioactives from plants, microorganisms, and marine organisms minimize solvent and energy consumption. Toxic solvents, furthermore, can no longer be employed. Non-toxic solvents, preferably of natural origin, are replacing oil-derived solvents, which have been used for more than a century. In the shift from oil to biomass as the new raw material of the chemical industry, the use of biowaste as a source of bioactive compounds is also highly desirable.
Regarding synthetic organic chemistry, new chemo- and biocatalytic processes for the production of bioactives are now widely used for the manufacture of vitamins, drugs, cosmetics, and agrochemical and nutraceutical ingredients. This research field is being actively investigated.
The industrial application of new green synthetic and natural product extraction technologies, however, requires economic viability. In this respect, continuous and intensified flow chemistry processes allow the economically convenient uptake of new catalytic routes both in industrially developed and developing economies.
Aiming to host important contributions on recent advancements in the green synthesis and extraction of bioactive molecules and their precursors, this Special Issue seeks contributions from both mature and early-career scientists who will also greatly benefit from the open access nature of the published studies.
Dr. Rosaria Ciriminna
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- natural bioactive compounds
- green chemistry
- green extraction
- heterogeneous catalysis
- green solvents
- biomass valorization
- circular economy