About this Research Topic
Today's chemicals are rarely the result of one single transformation but rather the consequence of several individual steps. Classically, these individual steps are performed sequentially including isolation and purification of the intermediate products. This approach is rather time- and resource-consuming, binds production infrastructure and generates considerable amounts of wastes. Therefore, it is not astonishing that so-called cascade reactions are gaining considerable interest from academic and industrial research.
The aim of this special issue is to showcase the current state-of-the-art, the potential, but also the current limitations of cascade reactions. Contributions reporting reactions involving sequences of biocatalysts (enzymes or whole cells) or combinations of biocatalysts with chemical catalysts (including, but not limited to metal-, organo-, electro-, photo-catalysis) are welcome for this special issue. The process engineering of cascade reactions that have demonstrated the potential for large scale, even industrial synthesis are also highly appreciated.
Keywords: Cascade Reactions, Biocatalysis, Process Engineering, Chemical synthesis, Biotransformation
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