Biotransformations in Organic Chemistry

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Introduction and Background Information

  • Kurt FaberAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry Organic & Bioorganic Chemistry, University of Graz Email author 

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>Any exponents of classical organic chemistry might probably hesitate to consider a biochemical solution for one of their synthetic problems. This would be due to the fact, that biological systems would have to be handled. Where the growth and maintenance of whole microorganisms is concerned, such hesitation is probably justified. In order to save endless frustrations, close collaboration with a microbiologist or a biochemist is highly recommended to set up and use fermentation systems [1, 2]. On the other hand, isolated enzymes (which may be obtained increasingly easily from commercial sources either in a crude or partially purified form) can be handled like any other chemical catalyst.