From waste to value – direct utilization of limonene from orange peel in a biocatalytic cascade reaction towards chiral carvolactone†
In this proof of concept study we demonstrate direct utilization of limonene containing waste product orange peel as starting material for a biocatalytic cascade reaction. The product of this cascade is chiral carvolactone, a promising building block for thermoplastic polymers. Four different concepts were applied to augment limonene availability based on either water extraction solely, addition of extraction enhancers or biomass dissolution.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Enzyme catalysis in organic synthesis