Rhizomucor miehei lipase was immobilized in hydroxy(propylmethyl) cellulose or agar gels containing lecithin or AOT microemulsions. The effect of the diffusion of substrates and products to this catalyst was studied, as well as the effect of temperature on the initial rate of ester synthesis. The composition of the gel affects the reaction rate due to mass transport phenomena. The apparent activation energies were higher for the systems based on agar, independently of the microemulsion used, and lower for the systems based on AOT microemulsions, independently of the polymer used.
Activation energy Catalysis Diffusion Lipase Organogels Temperature
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The Greek General Secretariat for Research and Technology is thanked for the financial support (ΠΑΒΕΤ 2006).
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