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Enzymes in neoteric solvents: From one-phase to multiphase systems

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Abstract

Biphasic systems based on neoteric solvents, e.g. ionic liquids (ILs), supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2), fluorous solvents (FSs) and liquid polymers (LPs), represent interesting alternatives to organic solvents for designing continuous clean biotransformations methods in non-aqueous environments that directly provide pure products. The classical advantages of scCO2– its ability to extract, dissolve and transport chemicals – are complemented by the high catalytic efficiency of enzymes in liquid neoteric solvents (e.g. ILs, LPs or FSs). Enzyme behaviour in scCO2 and ILs, as well as the phase behaviour of ILs/scCO2, are key parameters for carrying out integral green bioprocesses in continuous operation. Experimental approaches, reactor designs and results are discussed in this Critical review.

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The article was received on 15 Sep 2009, accepted on 27 Jan 2010 and first published on 09 Mar 2010


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B919088K
Citation: Green Chem., 2010,12, 555-569
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    Enzymes in neoteric solvents: From one-phase to multiphase systems

    P. Lozano, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 555
    DOI: 10.1039/B919088K

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