Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions Monitoring
On Demand Webinar

Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions Monitoring

On Demand Webinar

Real-Time Monitoring for Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions

Biocatalysis, also known as enzymatic catalysis, is the use of enzymes to catalyze chemical reactions. Enzymes offer several advantages over traditional catalysis, including faster reaction times and higher specificity. This webinar discusses the use of in situ mid-infrared for monitoring enzyme-catalyzed reactions.
Vaso Vlachos
20 minutes

Enzymes, as biocatalysts, are a suitable, environmentally friendly alternative to heavy metal industrial catalysts. The “Green Chemistry” nature of enzymes as catalysts is based on a number of characteristics. Enzymes are biodegradable and typically produced through fermentation of renewable feedstocks or easily mass produced through recombinant technologies. Enzymes also catalyze chemical reactions under mild temperature (20°C-40˚C) and pH conditions (pH 5-8), and perform well in aqueous environments. The chemical, petroleum, agriculture, polymer, electronics and pharmaceutical industries rely on catalysis to optimize their chemical processes. It is estimated that at least 90% of chemicals produced rely to some extent on catalysis. In recent years, researchers have increasingly focused attention on green chemistry, including catalysis. Examples of enzyme-catalyzed industrial-scale organic reactions include:

  • Hydrolysis
  • Oxidation
  • Reduction
  • Addition – Elimination
  • Halogenation and Dehalogenation
  • Transesterification

This webinar reviews case studies from pharma, academia and the military, showing how in situ mid-IR was used to monitor the enzyme-catalyzed reactions in real time to enable researchers to understand reaction mechanisms, and determine kinetic parameters and reduce costs.

Presenter – Vaso Vlachos
Vaso Vlachos graduated the University of Natal in South Africa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Microbiology in 1994. Vaso furthered her studies in Microbiology at the University of the Witwatersrand (pronounced Vit-vaaters-rand) in Johannesburg completing her Master of Science degree (with distinction) in 1998. In 1999, Vaso began her career in South Africa as a Technical Consultant and relocated to the United Kingdom in 2000 to develop her career.  Vaso join METTLER TOLEDO in 2002 and served in various roles.

Biocatalysis/Enzymatic Catalysis

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