Biotransformations in organic chemistry. A textbook, third edition, by Kurt Faber, Springer‐Verlag, Berlin, , pp. Yuri Khmelnitsky. Biotransformations in Organic Chemistry: A Textbook, 5th Edition by Kurt Faber. Springer-Verlag: Heidelberg. + XI pp. £27 (paperback). Description. The use of biocatalysts, employed either as isolated enzymes or whole microbial cells, offers a remarkable arsenal of highly selective.
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Special techniques, such as the use of enzymes in organic solvents, immobilization techniques and the use of modified enzymes, are treated in a separate section. A final chapter deals with the basic rules for the safe and practical handling of biocatalysts. Site Search any all words Main Categories.
Book Review: Biotransformations in Organic Chemistry – Kurt Faber
This well-established textbook on biocatalysis provides a basis for undergraduate and graduate courses in modern organic chemistry, as well as a condensed introduction into this field. After a basic introduction into the use of biocatalysts – principles of stereoselective transformations, kinetics and enzyme properties – the different types of reactions are explained according to the ‘reaction principle’, such as hydrolysis, reduction, oxidation, C-C bond formation, etc.
New developments, such as dynamic resolution, stereo-inversion and enantio-convergent processes are included.
The use of biocatalysts, employed either as isolated enzymes or whole microbial cells, offers a remarkable arsenal of highly selective transformations for state-of-the-art synthetic organic chemistry. Kinetics, equilibria, and their effects on selectivity and enantioselectivity are explained in careful detail, with interesting reactions provided to exemplify these concepts.
This book is not a reference work, though, since it includes explanations of the many reaction classes such as hydrolysis, reduction, oxidation, etc. Nonetheless, it enumerates all of the most important biotransformatins, and in this regard will be of interest to the researcher who wishes to begin working in the field of biotransformations. This book is a must for everyone with an abiding interest in this topic.