Enzyme catalysis with small ionic liquid quantities
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- Fischer, F., Mutschler, J. & Zufferey, D. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol (2011) 38: 477. doi:10.1007/s10295-010-0908-1
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Enzyme catalysis with minimal ionic liquid quantities improves reaction rates, stereoselectivity and enables solvent-free processing. In particular the widely used lipases combine well with many ionic liquids. Demonstrated applications are racemate separation, esterification and glycerolysis. Minimal solvent processing is also an alternative to sluggish solvent-free catalysis. The method allows simplified down-stream processing, as only traces of ionic liquids have to be removed.