Waste and Biomass Valorization

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 311–317 | Cite as

Lipase-Catalyzed Solvent-Free Esterification of Furan Containing Components

  • Y. Satyawali
  • V. Akemeier
  • W. Dejonghe
  • H. De Wever
  • W. Van HeckeEmail author
Short Communication


Furan derivatives represent an interesting set of bio-sourced substrates for esterification reactions. However, the use of lipases for the production of furan containing esters is underexploited. Solvent-free lipase catalyzed esterification of several furan containing chemicals was investigated and remarkably high conversion percentages were obtained for the esterification of furfuryl alcohol with equimolar quantities of fatty acids tested in this study.

Graphical Abstract


(Tetrahydro)furfuryl alcohol Lipase Solvent-free esterification 



This work was funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union (BioConSepT Contract No. 289194) and by Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FISCH-ICON Catalisti project HBC.2016.0502 Enzymase). Bart Noten and Pieter Vloemans are acknowledged for the analytical work. Professor Björn Frahm from the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Faculty of Life Science Technologies) is acknowledged for providing support for conducting the master thesis of Volker Akemeier in Belgium.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Business Unit Separation and Conversion TechnologyFlemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)MolBelgium

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