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Researchers of the Synthetic Organic Chemistry group at Aalto University have established an innovative system using enzymes for the valorisation of biogenic furans, leading to organic structures that are found for example in fragrances, pharmaceuticals and complex bioactive natural products, such as vitamins.
Furfural is a common precursor to many furan-based chemicals. It is an important chemical platform derived from lignocellulosic biomass, from which multiple successful approaches towards furan-derived biofuels and green solvent solutions have arisen over the past years. However, when it comes to applications in fine chemical production, lack of complexity and the requirement for environmentally questionable and costly heavy metal catalysts poses severe challenges en route to high-value added chemical products.
Nature - Catalysts - Enzymes - Technology - Biocompatibility
Relying fully on nature's catalysts – the enzymes – the technology now established provides highest biocompatibility and a much greener footprint compared to traditional approaches.
By trying to imitate classical chemistry that is not originally found in nature, aim is to extent the biocatalytic toolbox and use enzymes in a more versatile manner.
Reaction - Iridium - Elements - Earth - Crust
"In this particular enzymatic reaction, we were not only able to substitute the commonly used iridium, that is one of the rarest elements in Earth's crust and thus prohibitively...
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