Bio-Catalysis in Polymer Chemistry
Bio-catalysis refers to the use of natural substances that include enzymes from biological sources or whole cells to speed up chemical reactions. Enzymes have pivotal role in the catalysis of hundreds of reactions that include production of alcohols from fermentation and cheese by breakdown of milk proteins. Bio-catalysis have many advantages over chemo catalysis in the context of green chemistry, which include mild reaction conditions (physiological pH and temperature), the use of environmentally compatible catalysts (enzymes) and solvents (usually water), high chemical activity and sensible regio- and chemo-selectivities for multifunctional molecules.
· Enzyme Immobilization
· Chemoenzymatic synthesis of block co-polymers
· Bio-catalytic Routes to Monomers
· Silicon-Containing Materials