Integrated Chemical Engineering Topics I: Introduction to Biocatalysis

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The Crystal Structure Of Bacillus Subtilis Lipase: A Minimal a/b Hydrolase Enzyme. PDB ID: 1I6W. van Pouderoyen, G., T. Eggert, K. E. Jaeger, B. W. Dijkstra: The crystal structure of Bacillus subtilis lipase: a minimal alpha/beta hydrolase fold enzyme. J. Mol. Biol. 309, issue 1 (May 25, 2001): 215-26. (Image courtesy of the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics. Berman, H. M., J. Westbrook, Z. Feng, G. Gilliland, T. N. Bhat, H. Weissig, I. N. Shindyalov, and P. E. Bourne. "The Protein Data Bank." Nucleic Acids Research 28 (2000): 235-242.)


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This course provides a brief introduction to the field of biocatalysis in the context of process design. Fundamental topics include why and when one may choose to use biological systems for chemical conversion, considerations for using free enzymes versus whole cells, and issues related to design and development of bioconversion processes. Biological and engineering problems are discussed as well as how one may arrive at both biological and engineering solutions.

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Kristala Jones Prather. 10.492-2 Integrated Chemical Engineering Topics I: Introduction to Biocatalysis. Fall 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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