What do enzyme experts do? Enzymes are protein molecules that are part of every living organism and support all of life’s functions. Enzyme technologies utilize biological catalysts, and enzymes, rather than chemical catalysts in industrial reactions. Enzyme engineering is the application of altering the enzyme’s structure or modifying its activity to produce new metabolites, or to allow new pathways for reactions to convert from certain compounds into others. These products will be useful for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, fuel, food, or agricultural additives. Humans have adapted some of these specialized catalysts to industrial systems, including biofuel production, paper pulp bleaching and recycling, textile treatments, and diagnostic sensors. For biofuels, in particular, enzymes (cellulases) are used to break plant materials into sugars for fermentation. Others, lipase and phospholipase, can be used for biodiesel production. Many other used in bio-based products can be envisioned. An exciting recent development is the application of genetic engineering techniques to enzyme technology.
An enzyme expert has degrees and experience in enzyme biochemistry and an understanding of process engineering. Since enzymes catalyze a wide range of reactions, it is first important that this expert understands not only what makes enzymes work best, but also what destroys enzymes. This expert understands what maximizes and prolongs enzyme activity to convert a substrate or substrates to the desired product or products. This includes controlling the environment in which the reaction takes place. Common considerations such as temperature, pH, and shear forces play critical roles. Methods to protect enzymes such as immobilization, encapsulation, or other stabilizing means may also be important. An expert in enzymes must know which enzymes are utilized for which processes as well as how to source the enzymes. Not all enzymes are available in large volumes and some applications cannot be done because of high cost. An enzyme expert can assist clients with identifying the best enzyme for the particular application as well as what the price point would have been for that unit operation. They may also recommend potential suppliers and can assist in any processes where enzymatic reactions are involved. They can assist in a variety of matters involving biofuels and biochemicals, and where litigation is involved can serve as expert witnesses or consultants to assist the attorneys and court with understanding the processes involved.
For more than 25 years, Lee Enterprises Consulting has been at the forefront of the bioeconomy. We have several sections. Our Bio-Based Materials & Chemicals section assists clients with matters involving renewable and bio-based chemicals, renewable hydrogen and natural gas, synthetic biology, biochemical and thermochemical conversions, animal-free products, fermentation, enzymes, catalysts, polymers, bioplastics, and bio-synthetic materials. Our highly differentiated market position centers around our deep subject matter expertise in very specialized areas. We help clients minimize technical and economic risk by leveraging best practices in our industries, and we have a long track record of providing insightful analysis and practical advice. Our reputation is unparalleled because we provide a simpliﬁed process, with a single point of contact to a diverse international network of proven experts in biofuels, biomaterials, feedstocks, alternative proteins, and existing & emerging technologies. Providing access to over 150 world-renowned bioeconomy experts allows us to create tailored solutions to meet each project’s individual needs. Please take a look at our experts and the services we provide. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for further information.