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:
- Addition – Elimination
- Halogenation and Dehalogenation
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.