Advances in Organic Synthesis

Volume: 1

Biocatalysis in Organic Synthesis

Author(s): Robert Azerad

Pp: 455-518 (64)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805197710501010455

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Biocatalytic reactions using enzymes or whole microbial cells are increasingly employed for organic synthesis, taking advantage of their high versatility and exquisite selectivities (chemo-, regio- and stereoselectivity). Resolution of racemates and its refinements, desymmetrisation of meso- and prochiral compounds by oxidoreduction, some C-C bond forming reactions and other miscellaneous reactions will be outlined, illustrating the most characteristic aspects of environmentally friendly and yield-effective production of commodity chemicals, stereospecific building blocks or intermediates, and competitive step-replacement strategies for asymmetric syntheses.

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