About Biocatalysis

  • Biocatalysts are biological molecules having catalytic properties to perform highly specific chemical transformations.
  • Biocatalysts are best known for chiral synthesis due to their ability to perform enantio, regio and stereo-selective reactions with high yield and chiral purity.
  • Enzyme perform these reactions under mild conditions of temperature, pH & pressure having minimum side reactions.
  • They are widely used at commercial scale in the pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, detergent, agrochemicals, oils and fats synthesis.

Biocatalysis is performed by isolated or purified enzymes with negligible to no use of heavy metals, protection, de-protection and organic solvents. Due to this reason biocatalysis reactions are labeled as green processes. Recently, with significant advances in DNA modification techniques we see more specific enzymes for novel reactions.


Whole-cell mediated conversions are termed as biotransformation reactions. This includes multiple conversions in a single step by live bug. The advantages of whole cell system include selective synthesis using cheap and abundantly available raw materials without going for expensive downstream and purification of enzymes.

General advantages of bio-based processes
biocatalysis is a better choice

Green chemistry principles & bio-based processes
biocatalysis addresses all principles of Green Chemistry