Biocatalysis as a Tool for the Synthetic Chemist

Date: 17 May - 20 May 2021

Location: Online Event

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:

Monday May 17th | 2.00pm – 5.00pm BST
Tuesday May 18th | 2.00pm – 5.00pm BST
Wednesday May 19th 
| 2.00pm – 5.00pm BST
Thursday May 20th | 2.00pm – 5.00pm BST

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:

  • Link to watch all five live sessions
  • Electronic version of the course manual*
  • Course certificate

For this on line course, there will be no recordings available and *the e reader manual is NOT printable or downloadable (due to copyright).  If you prefer a hard copy of the manual you will have the opportunity of purchasing a professionally printed hard copy during the booking process.


Online Givaudan Delegate

A broad type of enzymatic reaction was described. Tips and hints are very useful.

Online Givaudan Schweiz AG Delegate

Very well presented topics regarding biocatalysis. It was exciting, and I definitively learned some new aspects of biocatalysis.

Online Sigma Aldrich Production GmbH Delegate

Great overview of the world of enzyme catalyzed reactions.