Biocatalysis in sustainable chemistry



On 25th September 2017, in journal meeting, the topic “Biocatalysis in sustainable chemistry” was discussed. Biocatalysis is catalysis in living systems. In biocatalytic processes, natural catalysts, such as protein and enzymes perform chemical transformations on organic compounds. Both enzymes that have been more or less isolated and enzymes still residing inside living cells are employed for this task. A key concept in organic synthesis is selectivity, the ability to work with a single compound, which is necessary to obtain a high yield of a specific product. There are a large range of selective organic reactions available for most synthetic needs. However, there is still one area where organic chemists are struggling, and that is when chirality is involved, although considerable progress in chiral synthesis has been achieved in recent years.