Biotransformations in organic chemistry. A textbook, third edition, by Kurt Faber, Springer‐Verlag, Berlin, , pp. Yuri Khmelnitsky. Biotransformations in Organic Chemistry: A Textbook, 5th Edition by Kurt Faber. Springer-Verlag: Heidelberg. + XI pp. £27 (paperback). Description. The use of biocatalysts, employed either as isolated enzymes or whole microbial cells, offers a remarkable arsenal of highly selective.

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Book Review: Biotransformations in Organic Chemistry – Kurt Faber

In this revised and corrected 5th edition, emphasis has been given to an improved didactic style in order to facilitate a deeper understanding of the underlying principles. Special techniques, such as the use of enzymes in organic solvents, immobilization techniques and the use of modified enzymes, are treated in a separate section.

Site Search any all words. New developments, such as dynamic resolution, stereo-inversion and enantio-convergent processes are included. This book is not a reference work, though, since it includes explanations of the many reaction classes such as hydrolysis, reduction, oxidation, etc.


This book is a must for everyone with an abiding interest in this topic. Nonetheless, it enumerates all of the most important aspects, and in this regard will be of interest to the researcher who wishes to begin working in the field of biotransformations.

Introduction and Background Information: A final chapter deals with the basic rules for the safe and practical handling of biocatalysts. Over the last chhemistry decades, this methodology has become an indispensable tool for asymmetric synthesis, not only at the academic level, but also on an industrial scale.

After a basic introduction into the use of biocatalysts – principles of stereoselective transformations, kinetics and enzyme properties – biitransformations different types of reactions are explained according to the ‘reaction principle’, such as hydrolysis, reduction, oxidation, C-C bond formation, etc.

This well-established textbook on biocatalysis provides a basis for faher and graduate courses in modern organic chemistry, as well as a condensed introduction into this field. The use of biocatalysts, employed either as isolated enzymes or whole microbial cells, offers a remarkable arsenal of highly selective transformations for state-of-the-art synthetic organic chemistry.


In this book, Kurt Faber, who holds the position of Dozent at this institution, has produced an outstanding teaching aid botransformations the area of biotransformations. Site Search any all words Main Categories. Kinetics, equilibria, and their effects on selectivity and enantioselectivity are explained in careful detail, with interesting reactions provided to exemplify these concepts.