Fungal deracemization of benzoin

Demir A., Hamamci H., Sesenoglu O., Neslihanoglu R., Asikoglu B., Capanoglu D.

TETRAHEDRON LETTERS, vol.43, no.36, pp.6447-6449, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 36
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0040-4039(02)01362-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.6447-6449
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


An enzyme system of Rhizopus oryzae (ATCC 9363) catalyzes the inversion of the chirality of benzoin via a deracemization reaction and, depending on the pH of the medium, both enantiomers of benzoin are obtained in good yield and high ee starting from rac-benzoin. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.