Hydrogenation of C-C double bonds in an ionic liquid reaction system using the obligate anaerobe, Sporomusa termitida

Alix Lenourry, John M. Gardiner, Gill Stephens

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    Abstract

    Sporomusa termitida reduced caffeate (1mM) in anaerobic, two-liquid phase, reaction systems containing either tetradecane or 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate {[bmim][PF6]} (20% v/v). The initial rate and final product yield were 20 and 7% lower, respectively, in [bmim][PF 6]. Since caffeate partitioned only into the aqueous phase, the lower rate cannot be attributed to mass transfer barriers. Therefore, [bmim][PF 6] inhibited the biocatalyst, perhaps unsurprisingly since it is very polar and hydrolyses to produce HF. © Springer 2005.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)161-165
    Number of pages4
    JournalBiotechnology Letters
    Volume27
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

    Keywords

    • Bioreduction
    • Biotransformation
    • Ionic liquids
    • Whole cells

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