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Modulating biocatalytic activity towards sterically bulky substrates in CO2-expanded bio-based liquids by tuning physicochemical properties

Résumé : The study of CO2-expanded liquids using a green component such as a bio-based solvent has been recently raised as a new concept for an alternative solvent, and yet been largely unexplored in literature for neither fundamental nor application studies. On the other hand, structural bulkiness of substrates remains one of the main limitations to promote enzymes as an efficient versatile catalytic tool for organic synthesis, especially biocatalysis in non-conventional solvents. Herein, we report a detailed investigation of CO2-expanded bio-based liquids as reaction media for improved biocatalysis of sterically hindered compounds. We have found that CO2 acts as a crucial trigger for various lipases to catalyse transesterification of challenging bulky alcohols in CO2-expanded 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (MeTHF). Furthermore, this study determines physicochemical and transport properties of CO2-expanded MeTHF for the first time, which were then utilized for modulating biocatalytic activity. It was found that lipase activity increased with the accordingly decrease of the dipolarity of CO2-expanded MeTHF, which is tunable by altering the concentration of CO2 in the solvent system.
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Hai Nam Hoang, Emanuel Granero-Fernandez, Shinjiro yamada, Shuichi Mori, Hiroyuki Kagechika, et al.. Modulating biocatalytic activity towards sterically bulky substrates in CO2-expanded bio-based liquids by tuning physicochemical properties. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, American Chemical Society, 2017, 5 (11), pp.11051-11059. ⟨10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b03018⟩. ⟨hal-01630311⟩

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