Stability and activity of enzyme aggregates of Calb in supercritical CO2

Z.J. Dijkstra, R.Z. Merchant, J.T.F. Keurentjes

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    The activity and stability of a cross-linked enzyme aggregate of Candida antarctica lipase B (CLEA-Calb) in supercrit. carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) have been studied. The model reaction used is the esterification of isoamyl alc. with acetic acid. The catalytic performance of CLEA-Calb is evaluated both in batch and in continuous expts., with a focus on the effect of water prodn. upon reaction. The results of the batch expts. show a decreasing initial activity of the CLEA-Calb with an increase in pressure. Moreover, CLEAs appear to be highly stable in supercrit. carbon dioxide and also remain active during continuous reactions. Suggestions for improved process designs are given for which the optimal design depends on the specific reaction requirements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)102-108
    JournalJournal of Supercritical Fluids
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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