Beyond Biosynthesis: Enzymes as Catalysts in Non-natural Synthetic Transformations

Project Details


The sustainable manufacture of chemical products through the development of novel and environmentally friendly processes will be a great challenge and an essential goal to be achieved in a post-fossil society. Biological systems with their natural catalysts - the enzymes - provide excellent properties in this regard, however, there still is a wide gap between the chemists' demands and Nature's offer. One major obstacle on the way to a truly bio-based machinery for the production of high-value chemicals is the lack of particular enzymes for a number of crucial chemical transformations. This Academy project aims for the in-depth examination of enzyme activities in important, non-natural reactions. Our results will provide both the tools and the understanding to bring the achievements of more than a century of successful chemical developments into a biological environment, and will serve as a foundation for the creation of novel tailor-made biosynthetic production lines.
Short titleBeyond Biosynthesis
Effective start/end date01/09/201631/03/2021

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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