Immobilization of cross-linked lipase aggregates within microporous polymeric membranes

N. Hilal, R. Nigmatullin, A. Alpatova

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A new approach is proposed to immobilize lipase into microporous polymeric membrane via embedding cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEA) within membrane pores. Preparation of biocatalytic membranes was implemented with hydrophilic cellulose and hydrophobic PTFE membranes. Formation of lipase CLEAs is initiated by solvent exchange between aqueous solution of the enzyme filling membrane pores and organic media containing cross-linking agent. The influence of organic media composition and matrix hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity on membrane biocatalytic properties has been studied. Highly effective biocatalytic membranes with embedded lipase CLEA have been obtained on the base of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic membranes by varying the content of glutaric dialdehyde used as a cross-linking agent. Bio-imprinting has been tested as a mean to improve efficiency of the biocatalytic membranes. Biocatalytic esterification of oleic acid with n-butanol has been studied in cross-flow membrane bioreactor with membrane-supported lipase CLEA using hexane and iso-octane as reaction solvents of different hydrophobicity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-141
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Cross-linked enzyme aggregate
  • Esterifications
  • Lipase
  • Membrane bioreactor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Filtration and Separation
  • Polymers and Plastics

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