Biocatalysis and enzyme technology

Course Code :1001WETBEN
Study domain:Engineering Sciences
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Sequentiality:Minimum 8/20 for Chemistry I & II, Organic chemistry II en Biochemistry.
Contact hours:40
Credits:4
Study load (hours):112
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Tom Desmet

3. Course contents *

In this course, the application of enzymes in a wide range of industrial sectors (chemistry, food, pharma, textile...) is discussed. The remarkable selectivity of biocatalytic processes and their environmentally-friendly nature ("green chemistry") has resulted in an exponential growth of this research area. The mechanism of an enzyme's action and its optimisation through protein engineering is described, and the development of biocatalytic processes is illustrated by a number of industrial case-studies (bio-ethanol, high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, semi-synthetic anitbiotics, optically pure alcohols and aminoacids...).