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Biocatalysis

Biocatalysis

Biocatalysis is the application of enzymes as (bio)catalyst in chemical reactions and has developed into a standard technology. With a suitable enzyme, a reaction can be conducted under mild conditions with high selectivity and efficiency.

The Enzyme route offers many advantages over the chemical route that includes:

Reduced reaction time : Increased operating efficiency
Specificity : The production of unwanted by-products is avoided and there is no need to extensively refine and purify the desired product
Cost Saving : enzymes can be immobilized and therefore re-used several times, providing valuable cost savings
Mild conditions: Reaction under mild reaction conditions, low energy costs
Environmentally Friendly : enzymes are non corrosive and fully biodegradable