Selective and sustainable C-alkylation harnesses synthetic enzymes
Carbon is the main building block of organic compounds. Carbon-carbon bonds are fundamental linkages and among the least amenable to manipulation by synthetic chemists, their breaking and making often requiring catalysts. Alkylation of carbon (C-alkylation), the addition or substitution of an alkyl group consisting of carbon atoms bonded only to hydrogens, is one of the most important reactions. Application areas include organic chemistry, manufacturing of fuels and medicine. The EU-funded BioAlk project will build on work utilising enzymes, nature's catalysts, to facilitate the reaction. The goal is to significantly enhance selectivity to minimise undesirable products and maximise selective production of valuable and desired compounds.
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