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Enzymatic synthesis of sugar fatty acid esters in ionic liquids

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Abstract

Sugar fatty acid esters are nonionic biosurfactants widely used in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Ionic liquids (ILs) have shown great potential as an alternative reaction medium to conventional organic solvents for their enzymatic synthesis, promoting a significant enhancement in sugar solubility, enzymatic reactivity and regioselectivity. In this perspective, we summarize the advances in the use of ILs as a solvent for sugar dissolution and lipase-catalyzed sugar ester synthesis, review the recent achievements in designing enzyme-compatible ILs for the synthesis, and discuss the challenges that the research on this topic is facing. Among the advanced ILs, deep eutectic solvents (DESs) merit a serious consideration as a potential reaction medium for this application.

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The article was received on 24 Feb 2012, accepted on 15 Mar 2012, published on 20 Mar 2012 and first published online on 20 Mar 2012


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20109G
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012,2, 1767-1775
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    Enzymatic synthesis of sugar fatty acid esters in ionic liquids

    Z. Yang and Z. Huang, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 1767
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20109G

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