Catalysis Letters

, Volume 145, Issue 2, pp 527–532 | Cite as

Promiscuous Lipase-Catalyzed C–C Bond Formation Reactions Between 4 Nitrobenzaldehyde and 2-Cyclohexen-1-one in Biphasic Medium: Aldol and Morita–Baylis–Hillman Adduct Formations

  • Manali Kapoor
  • Abir B. Majumder
  • Munishwar Nath Gupta


Lipases catalyzed the reaction between 4-nitrobenzaldehyde and 2-cyclohexen-1-one in aqueous-DMSO co-solvent mixtures to give Morita–Baylis–Hillman product and aldol product. Among lipases, Burkholderia cepacia lipase gave the best overall conversion of 96 % in 50 % (v/v) DMSO while Mucor javanicus lipase showed highest stereoselectivity in the formation of the aldol (79 % ee) and Morita–Baylis–Hillman product (63 % ee) with 30 % (v/v) DMSO.

Graphical Abstract

Lipase catalysed Morita–Baylis–Hillman reaction


Morita–Baylis–Hillman reaction Lipases Aldol condensation Enzymes in organic solvents Enzyme promiscuity 



The work was supported by financial support of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India (Grant No.: SR/SO/BB-68/2010).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manali Kapoor
    • 1
  • Abir B. Majumder
    • 2
  • Munishwar Nath Gupta
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryIndian Institute of Technology DelhiNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryRajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge TechnologiesBasarIndia
  3. 3.Department of Biochemical Engineering & BiotechnologyIndian Institute of Technology DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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