Abstract: Wax esters are long-chain esters that have been widely applied in premium lubricants, parting agents, antifoaming agents and cosmetics. In this study, the biocatalytic preparation of a specific wax ester, cetyl octanoate, is performed in n-hexane using two commercial immobilized lipases, i.e., Lipozyme® RMIM (Rhizomucor miehei) and Novozym® 435 (Candida antarctica). Response surface methodology (RSM) and 5-level-4-factor central composite rotatable design (CCRD) are employed to evaluate the effects of reaction time (1–5 h), reaction temperature (45–65 °C), substrate molar ratio (1–3:1), and enzyme amount (10%–50%) on the yield of cetyl octanoate. Using RSM to optimize the reaction, the maximum yields reached 94% and 98% using Lipozyme® RMIM and Novozym® 435, respectively. The optimum conditions for synthesis of cetyl octanoate by both lipases are established and compared. Novozym® 435 proves to be a more efficient biocatalyst than Lipozyme® RMIM.
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Kuo, C.-H.; Chen, H.-H.; Chen, J.-H.; Liu, Y.-C.; Shieh, C.-J. High Yield of Wax Ester Synthesized from Cetyl Alcohol and Octanoic Acid by Lipozyme RMIM and Novozym 435. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 11694-11704.
Kuo C-H, Chen H-H, Chen J-H, Liu Y-C, Shieh C-J. High Yield of Wax Ester Synthesized from Cetyl Alcohol and Octanoic Acid by Lipozyme RMIM and Novozym 435. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2012; 13(9):11694-11704.
Kuo, Chia-Hung; Chen, Hsin-Hung; Chen, Jiann-Hwa; Liu, Yung-Chuan; Shieh, Chwen-Jen. 2012. "High Yield of Wax Ester Synthesized from Cetyl Alcohol and Octanoic Acid by Lipozyme RMIM and Novozym 435." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 13, no. 9: 11694-11704.