Special Issue "Microbial Biopolymers: Trends in Synthesis, Modification, and Applications II"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2023 | Viewed by 152

Special Issue Editor

Department of Biological Engineering, Konkuk University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Interests: biocatalysis and enzyme engineering; biofuel; biomaterial; biochemical engineering; antibiotics; metabolic engineering; glycosylation; bioencapsulation; mutagenesis; protein purification; molecular biology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Following the success of the previous Special Issue of Polymers (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/polymers/special_issues/Microbial_Biopolym), we are delighted to launch a second edition of the Special Issue, now entitled “Microbial Biopolymers: Trends in Synthesis, Modification, and Applications II”.

Microbes can act as a factory for the conversion of a variety of carbon and nitrogen sources into diverse kinds of intracellular and extracellular biopolymers, including polyhydroxyalkanoates, polysaccharides, polyamides, polyphosphates, etc. These biopolymers have a diverse biological role in a microbial system, serving as reserve food material and contributing to pathogenicity, biofilm formation, and protection against adverse environmental conditions. Biopolymers have different chemical and morphological properties that make them suitable for industrial, environmental, and medical applications. Recent advances in molecular biology, transcriptomics and metabolomics techniques have improved tour understanding of the mechanisms and regulations involved in biopolymer synthesis. A microbial system can be easily engineered and cultured under controlled conditions to produce desired polymers. Biopolymers produced by microbial systems are rich in various functional groups, which can be further exploited to modify the polymers for a variety of applications. The production cost of biopolymers is the main challenge for their applicability at a commercial scale. Researchers are working on the utilization of diverse kinds of organic wastes, such as lignocellulosic waste, municipal waste, whey, paper and pulp industry waste, etc. as feedstock for microbial fermentation. Biopolymer production using microbial systems is a clean and green approach and has recently become a hot topic around the globe. It is considered as a possible method to deal with plastic-based waste and has tremendous applications in the biotechnology sector. Keeping in mind the recent advances in microbial biopolymer production technologies, modification, and applications, this Special Issue will include a series of review and research articles that cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Strategy for the selection of novel biopolymer producers and improvement of existing microbes using a genetic engineering approach.
  • Recent technological advancements in improved biopolymer production using pure cultures or mixed cultures.
  • Utilization of cheap and unconventional feedstocks for biopolymer production.
  • Reactor design and improvements of the upstream and downstream process.
  • Modification and fabrication of biopolymers for diverse applications.
  • Applications of biopolymers in health, food, environment, and other areas.
  • Biodegradation of polymers.
  • Techno-economic analysis of biopolymer production.

Dr. Shashi Kant Bhatia
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • biopolymer
  • polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • exopolysaccharides
  • polyamides
  • biodegradation
  • techno-economic analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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