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Catalysts 2013, 3(1), 27-35; doi:10.3390/catal3010027
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Enzyme-Catalyzed Transetherification of Alkoxysilanes

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1 Department of Chemistry and Analytical Sciences, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK 2 Dow Corning Corporation, 2200 W Salzburg Rd, Midland, MI 48686, USA Present address: Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London, 150 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH, UK.
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Received: 27 November 2012 / Revised: 20 December 2012 / Accepted: 8 January 2013 / Published: 18 January 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomimetic Catalysts)
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Abstract

We report the first evidence of an enzyme-catalyzed transetherification of model alkoxysilanes. During an extensive enzymatic screening in the search for new biocatalysts for silicon-oxygen bond formation, we found that certain enzymes promoted the transetherification of alkoxysilanes when tert-butanol or 1-octanol were used as the reaction solvents.
Keywords: enzyme; biomimetic catalysis; transetherification; alkoxysilane enzyme; biomimetic catalysis; transetherification; alkoxysilane
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Abbate, V.; Brandstadt, K.F.; Taylor, P.G.; Bassindale, A.R. Enzyme-Catalyzed Transetherification of Alkoxysilanes. Catalysts 2013, 3, 27-35.

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