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Biocatalysis and Biotransformation

Biocatalysis and Biotransformation

Biocatalysis is the utilisation of isolated enzymes or enzymes that are still present inside living cells to carry out chemical transformations of organic molecules. It is the metabolic change of compounds in order to produce new chemicals for industrial use. Enzymes play a critical role in hundreds of events, including the generation of alcohols from fermentation and the manufacture of cheese from the breakdown of milk proteins. Recent breakthroughs in scientific research have aided in the understanding of enzyme structure and functional activities, resulting in increased stability, activity, sustainability, and substrate specificity. Currently, there are hundreds of different biocatalytic processes in use in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food, and agricultural industries. In many aspects, biocatalytic processes are similar to conventional processes, and the most important considerations are reaction kinetics and stability for both single and multistep processes.

Biotransformation is the process of converting hydrophobic molecules into hydrophilic molecules in order to enable removal from the body. Typically, this technique produces compounds with minimal or no toxicological consequences. Through a process known as bioactivation, biotransformations can sometimes produce harmful metabolites. Biotransformations including enzymes and entire microbial cells have been used to make meals and beverages for generations. However, it was only in the last century that approaches for understanding and improving biocatalyst stability and productivity were discovered.

Committee Members
Speaker at Catalysis, Chemical Engineering and Technology 2022 - Stanislaw Dzwigaj

Stanislaw Dzwigaj

Sorbonne-Universite-CNRS, Laboratoire de Reactivite de Surface, France
Speaker at Catalysis, Chemical Engineering and Technology 2022 - Qiuhe Peng

Qiuhe Peng

Nanjing University, China
Speaker at Catalysis, Chemical Engineering and Technology 2022 - Anne M Gaffney

Anne M Gaffney

University of South Carolina, United States
Catalysis 2022 Speakers
Speaker at Catalysis, Chemical Engineering and Technology 2022 - Jose C Conesa

Jose C Conesa

Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, Spain
Speaker at Catalysis, Chemical Engineering and Technology 2022 - Felix Hilfinger

Felix Hilfinger

Albert-Ludwigs University, Germany
Speaker at Catalysis, Chemical Engineering and Technology 2022 - Sabrina Krah

Sabrina Krah

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
Speaker at Catalysis, Chemical Engineering and Technology 2022 - Fee Johanna Kaufer

Fee Johanna Kaufer

Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Germany

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