Photoenzymatic Production of Next Generation Biofuels from Natural Triglycerides Combining a Hydrolase and a Photodecarboxylase

Yunjian Ma, Xizhen Zhang, Wuyuan Zhang, Peilin Li, Yongru Li, Frank Hollmann, Yonghua Wang

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Abstract

A photobiocatalytic cascade transforming natural triglycerides into alkanes/alkenes is proposed. Starting from natural triglycerides, free fatty acids have been obtained using lipases. The free fatty acids were then, in a photoenzymatic step, decarboxylated into the C1-shortened alkanes using a recently described photodecarboxylase from Chlorella variabilis NC64A. This cascade produced alkanes from various natural (waste) oils in significant amounts (up to 24 g L−1) and may provide a basis for valorisation of waste oils into a next generation of biodiesel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-44
JournalChemPhotoChem
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • biocatalysis
  • biodiesel
  • cascade reactions
  • decarboxylation
  • photocatalysis

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