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Biomolecules 2013, 3(4), 812-847;

Biocatalysis for Biobased Chemicals

Unidad de Biotecnología Industrial, CIATEJ, A.C. Av. Normalistas 800, Col. Colinas de la Normal, Guadalajara, Jal, C.P. 44270, Mexico
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Received: 3 September 2013 / Revised: 8 October 2013 / Accepted: 8 October 2013 / Published: 17 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Enzymes and Their Biotechnological Applications)
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The design and development of greener processes that are safe and friendly is an irreversible trend that is driven by sustainable and economic issues. The use of Biocatalysis as part of a manufacturing process fits well in this trend as enzymes are themselves biodegradable, require mild conditions to work and are highly specific and well suited to carry out complex reactions in a simple way. The growth of computational capabilities in the last decades has allowed Biocatalysis to develop sophisticated tools to understand better enzymatic phenomena and to have the power to control not only process conditions but also the enzyme’s own nature. Nowadays, Biocatalysis is behind some important products in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and bulk chemicals industry. In this review we want to present some of the most representative examples of industrial chemicals produced in vitro through enzymatic catalysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: biocatalysis; hydrolases; transferases; polymers; biodiesel; fine chemicals; prebiotics biocatalysis; hydrolases; transferases; polymers; biodiesel; fine chemicals; prebiotics

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De Regil, R.; Sandoval, G. Biocatalysis for Biobased Chemicals. Biomolecules 2013, 3, 812-847.

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