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The potential of cloud point system as a novel two-phase partitioning system for biotransformation

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Although the extractive biotransformation in two-phase partitioning systems have been studied extensively, such as the water–organic solvent two-phase system, the aqueous two-phase system, the reverse micelle system, and the room temperature ionic liquid, etc., this has not yet resulted in a widespread industrial application. Based on the discussion of the main obstacles, an exploitation of a cloud point system, which has already been applied in a separation field known as a cloud point extraction, as a novel two-phase partitioning system for biotransformation, is reviewed by analysis of some topical examples. At the end of the review, the process control and downstream processing in the application of the novel two-phase partitioning system for biotransformation are also briefly discussed.

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The project was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No.20676080).

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Wang, Z. The potential of cloud point system as a novel two-phase partitioning system for biotransformation. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 75, 1–10 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-007-0873-4

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  • Nonionic surfactant
  • Cloud point system
  • Two-phase partitioning system
  • Biotransformation