On the Mediated Electron Transfer of Immobilized Galactose Oxidase for Biotechnological Applications

Zhao, F. and Brix, A.C. and Lielpetere, A. and Schuhmann, W. and Conzuelo, F.

Volume: 28 Pages:
DOI: 10.1002/chem.202200868
Published: 2022

The use of enzymes as catalysts in chemical synthesis offers advantages in terms of clean and highly selective transformations. Galactose oxidase (GalOx) is a remarkable enzyme with several applications in industrial conversions as it catalyzes the oxidation of primary alcohols. We have investigated the wiring of GalOx with a redox polymer; this enables mediated electron transfer with the electrode surface for its potential application in biotechnological conversions. As a result of electrochemical regeneration of the catalytic center, the formation of harmful H2O2 is minimized during enzymatic catalysis. The introduced bioelectrode was applied to the conversion of bio-renewable platform materials, with glycerol as model substrate. The biocatalytic transformations of glycerol and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) were investigated in a circular flow-through setup to assess the possibility of substrate over-oxidation, which is observed for glycerol oxidation but not during HMF conversion. © 2022 The Authors. Chemistry - A European Journal published by Wiley-VCH GmbH.

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