Lipase mediated synthesis of sugar fatty acid esters

Gumel, A.M. and Annuar, M.S.M. and Heidelberg, T. and Chisti, Y. (2011) Lipase mediated synthesis of sugar fatty acid esters. Process Biochemistry, 46. pp. 2079-2090. DOI

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This review is concerned with lipase catalyzed synthesis of sugar fatty acid esters in water immiscible organic solvents. Sugar esters are widely used nonionic and nontoxic biosurfactants. Certain sugar esters inhibit microbial growth and have other activities. Lipase mediated synthesis has important advantages over conventional chemical synthesis of sugar esters. Lipase catalyzed synthesis is typically carried out in organic solvents having a low water activity to drive the reaction towards synthesis instead of towards ester hydrolysis. The impact of the various reaction conditions on enzymatic synthesis of sugar esters in nonaqueous media is discussed. Considered in particular are the solvent effects; the effects of water activity; the influence of the nature and concentration of the reactants (sugars and fatty acids); the influence of temperature; and the effects associated with the specific nature of the lipase catalyst used.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Sugar esters; Esterification; Surfactants; Lipase; Water activity; Nonaqueous media
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Norhamizah Tamizi
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 02:19
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2014 02:19

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