© 1991

Biocatalysts for Industry

  • Jonathan S. Dordick

Part of the Topics in Applied Chemistry book series (TAPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The General Uses of Biocatalysts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jonathan S. Dordick
      Pages 3-19
  3. Biocatalysts without Chemical Competition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Zivko L. Nikolov, Peter J. Reilly
      Pages 37-62
    3. Robert J. Linhardt, Ali Al-Hakim
      Pages 83-112
  4. Emerging Biocatalysts for Conventional Chemical Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Michael E. McIlwain, Patrick R. Dugan
      Pages 137-160
    3. Aleksey Zaks
      Pages 161-180
    4. Jeffrey S. Deetz, J. David Rozzell
      Pages 181-191
    5. Vijay T. John, George Abraham
      Pages 193-217
    6. Theodore W. Randolph, Harvey W. Blanch, Douglas S. Clark
      Pages 219-237
  5. Future Directions of Biocatalysts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Susan J. Tomazic
      Pages 241-255
    3. Thomas P. Graycar
      Pages 257-283
    4. David E. Hansen
      Pages 285-309
    5. David G. Rethwisch, Jonathan S. Dordick
      Pages 311-323

About this book


The application of enzymes or whole cells (fermentatively active or resting; microbial, plant, or animal) to carry out selective transformations of commercial importance is the central theme of industrial biocatalysis. Traditionally, biocatalysis has been in the domain of the life scientist or biochemical engineer. However, recent advances in this field have enabled biocatalytic processes to compete head on with, and in some cases out­ perform, conventional chemical processing. Chemo-biocatalytic systems are being developed thereby combining the most attractive features of bio­ catalysts, namely high specificity, with those of chemical catalysts, such as high reactivities and wide substrate specificities. Hence, synthetic chemists and chemical engineers are now beginning to use biocatalysts as highly selective reagents in chemical synthesis and processing. This book is about biocatalysts and their past, present, and potential applications in the food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. The con­ cept of the book did not emanate from a meeting. Rather, it is a compila­ tion of selected examples where biocatalysis either has already made a significant impact in the aforementioned industries, or has the potential to make a substantial contribution. I have been fortunate to have assembled contributions from world-class researchers in the field of biocatalysis. Their timely contributions are sincerely appreciated.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan S. Dordick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Biochemical EngineeringThe University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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