Archived: ON LINE TRAINING EVENT | Biocatalysis as a Tool for the Synthetic Chemist

Date: 18 November - 23 November 2020

Location: Online Platform

Tutors: Dr Will Watson, Dr Andrew Wells

We are delighted to offer this course now ON LINE, the two day course has now been divided up into four sessions, which will be presented via a virtual on line system.  Dates and timings are as follows:

Wednesday, November 18th | 2.00pm – 5.00pm GMT
Thursday, November 19th | 2.00pm – 5.00pm GMT
Friday, November 20th | 2.00pm – 5.00pm GMT
Monday, November 23rd | 2.00pm – 5.00pm GMT

The aim of the course is to give organic chemists an understanding and an overview of the subject of biotransformations.

Attendees will learn about the main classes of enzymes and the transformations these enzymes carry out.

Each transformation type will be illustrated with examples and case studies and the course will also include problem sessions where attendees will work on real examples applying biotransformations to organic synthesis.

Recent developments in the field will be covered as well as an overview of the sort of equipment and resources required.

Please do view the brochure for more information (please note this is based on the live 2 day course, but the content is the same)

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Course Outline

  • Introduction to Biocatalysis

    Literature sources for biocatalysis (books and review articles)
    Myths about biocatalysis / pros and cons of biocatalysis
    Enzyme / protein basics, basic microbiology
    Sources of biocatalysts
    Equipment requirements
    Enzyme types

    Hydrolytic Enzymes (Lipases, esterases, amidases, proteases)

    Mechanism of hydrolysis by enzymes
    Kinetic resolution
    Use of organic solvents
    Dynamic kinetic resolution (DKR)
    Ester, amide, nitrile and epoxide hydrolysis


    Alcohol oxidation
    Amine oxidation, deracemisation of amines and amino acids
    Bio-oxygenation, bio-hydroxylation
    Bayer-Villiger oxidation


    Ketone reduction, Prelog rules
    Deracemisation of secondary alcohols
    Enantioselective reduction / DKR
    Keto-ester reduction
    C=C reduction

  • C-C and C-X bond formation

    Aldol reactions
    Cross benzoin reactions
    Hydroxy-nitrile lyases
    Michael reactions
    Fumarase and aspartase

    Scale Up of Biotransformations

    Case studies

    New Developments including Directed Evolution

    Polymerase Chain Reaction
    Directed Evolution
    Product isolation

    Pros and Cons of Biocatalysis

    Q&A, discussion




Who Should Attend

  • Any Organic Chemist involved in synthesis, particularly those involved in designing novel, green synthetic routes.
  • Chemists who want to learn how biocatalysis can help them.
  • Those involved in the scale-up of biocatalytic reactions.


What's Included

The course fee includes:

  • all six sections of the course
  • course certificate at the end

You will have the option of buying a hard copy of the manual and this will be sent via the post to you.  Please note for on line courses no PDF version of the slides/manual will be sent via email and no recordings are available after the event.   Please note recordings of any sessions will not be shared.


Firmenich SA

Very good course for chemists to discover the world of enzymes.


Laboratorios Lesvi SL

Very good. Another point of thinking synthetic pathways, greener and more selective.