Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Green Polymer Chemistry: Enzyme Catalysis for Polymer Functionalization

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 5-21-2015

Abstract

Enzyme catalyzed reactions are green alternative approaches to functionalize polymers compared to conventional methods. This technique is especially advantageous due to the high selectivity, high efficiency, milder reaction conditions, and recyclability of enzymes. Selected reactions can be conducted under solventless conditions without the application of metal catalysts. Hence this process is becoming more recognized in the arena of biomedical applications, as the toxicity created by solvents and metal catalyst residues can be completely avoided. In this review we will discuss fundamental aspects of chemical reactions biocatalyzed by Candida antarctica lipase B, and their application to create new functionalized polymers, including the regio- and chemoselectivity of the reactions.

Publication Title

Molecules

Volume

20

Issue

5

First Page

9358

Last Page

9379