Extractive Bioconversions in Aqueous Phase Systems

  • Bo Mattiasson
  • Torbjörn G. I. Ling


The use of biocatalysts to perform conversions in processes is very appealing in many aspects. The reaction conditions — atmospheric pressure, ambient temperature, water environment and steroselectivity, all favour for biocatalysis. The drawbacks have, however, not been listed frequently, but should, of course, be considered as important. Bioconversions are often slow in relation to chemical processes, they yield a dilute product stream in water, and are often product inhibited. When designing biocatalytic processes, it is thus important to find conditions that fully exploit the advantages offered by the biocatalyst without neglecting the challenges raised by the mentioned limitations.


Phase System Bottom Phase Clostridium Acetobutylicum Penicillin Acylase Macromolecular Substrate 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bo Mattiasson
    • 1
  • Torbjörn G. I. Ling
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, Chemical CenterUniversity of LundLundSweden

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