Special Issue "Biocatalytic Resolution of Chiral Molecules"

A special issue of Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344). This special issue belongs to the section "Biocatalysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jaime Escalante
Guest Editor
Centro de Investigaciones Químicas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Avenida Universidad 1001, Chamilpa, Cuernavaca 62210, Mexico
Interests: asymmetric synthesis of enantiopure compounds; synthesis and modification of peptides with properties in catalysis and medicinal chemistry; biocatalysis; sustainable chemistry (green chemistry); synthesis of heterocyclic compounds
Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger
Guest Editor
Industrial Organic Chemistry and Biotechnology, Faculty of Chemistry, Bielefeld University, Universitätsstrasse 25, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Prof. Dr. Eusebio Juaristi
Guest Editor
Departamento de Química, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Avenida I.P.N. 2508, Ciudad de México 07360, Mexico
Interests: stereochemistry and conformational analysis; asymmetric synthesis; enantioselective organocatalysis; green chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural catalysts such as enzymes often outperform synthetic catalysts, both kinetically and in terms of selectivity (e.g., enantioselectivity). Biocatalysis can usually be carried out under mild conditions (e.g., ambient temperature and pressure, aqueous and organic solutions), and the catalysts used are generally biodegradable, biocompatible, and renewable, making these catalytic systems highly attractive for environmentally benign processes. A major application of enzymes, which has already gained industrial importance, are kinetic resolutions of racemic substrates. What makes enzymatic resolution attractive is the easy access to racemic substrates by means of many chemical methodologies in combination with the high efficiency and selectivity provided by the biocatalyst. In spite of the achievements in these fields, numerous challenges still exist.

This Special Issue will discuss recent developments in the preparation of enantiopure substances by means of enantioselective enzymatic resolutions and will include strategies that involve enzymatic catalysis in combination with chemical, photochemical, mechanochemical, and other types of non-traditional activation. A further focus of this special Issue will also be on dynamic kinetic resolution processes combining enzymatic resolutions with novel types of chemocatalytic or enzymatic racemization steps.

Prof. Dr. Jaime Escalante
Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger
Prof. Dr. Eusebio Juaristi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Catalysts is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • acylation
  • alcohols
  • amines
  • dynamic kinetic resolution
  • esterases
  • fine chemicals
  • hydrolysis
  • kinetic resolution
  • lipases
  • organic reaction media
  • pharmaceutical products
  • proteases
  • β-amino acids
  • CaL-B

Published Papers (1 paper)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:


Open AccessArticle
Lipase-Catalyzed Kinetic Resolution of Alcohols as Intermediates for the Synthesis of Heart Rate Reducing Agent Ivabradine
Catalysts 2021, 11(1), 53; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal11010053 - 01 Jan 2021
Ivabradine (Corlanor®), is a chiral benzocycloalkane currently employed and commercialized for the treatment of chronic stable angina pectoris and for the reduction in sinus tachycardia. The eutomer (S)-ivabradine is usually produced via chiral resolution of intermediates, by employing enantiopure [...] Read more.
Ivabradine (Corlanor®), is a chiral benzocycloalkane currently employed and commercialized for the treatment of chronic stable angina pectoris and for the reduction in sinus tachycardia. The eutomer (S)-ivabradine is usually produced via chiral resolution of intermediates, by employing enantiopure auxiliary molecules or through preparative chiral HPLC separations. Recently, more sustainable biocatalytic approaches have been reported in literature for the preparation of the chiral amine precursor. In this work, we report on a novel biocatalyzed pathway, via a resolution study of a key alcohol intermediate used as a precursor of the chiral amine. After screening several enzymatic reaction conditions, employing different lipases and esterases both for the esterification and hydrolysis reactions, the best result was achieved with Pseudomonas cepacia Lipase and the final product was obtained in up to 96:4 enantiomeric ratio (e.r.) of an ivabradine alcohol precursor. This enantiomer was then efficiently converted into the desired amine in a facile three step synthetic sequence. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biocatalytic Resolution of Chiral Molecules)
Show Figures

Graphical abstract

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Synthesis of Optically Active Piperidines Using Hydrolase
Authors: Koichi Mitsukura
Affiliation: Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University 1-1 Yanagido, Gifu 501-1193, Japan
Abstract: We have found a bacterium with an (S)-selective hydrolase that convert racemic N-acyl-2-methylpiperidine to (S)-2-methylpiperidine. In the present study, we describe the characterization and substrate specificity of the purified (S)-selective hydrolase.

Back to TopTop