Biochemistry: Combining two catalytic worlds

20:00 EDT 18 Oct 2016 | AAAS

(Ruhr-University Bochum) Researchers of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have combined biological and chemical catalysts in a system to create a common product. The two catalyst types usually need very different environmental conditions so the scientists managed to encapsulate one of them in a gel matrix. This resulted in different spaces of reaction, in which the reaction could proceed gradually as a cascade. In this way, biocatalysis could be easily integrated in chemical synthesis routes.

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