AEC places a high value on zero waste generation in industrial parts washing. We strive to incorporate recent advances in technology that allow for more efficient and environmentally respectful cleaning processes. As such, this article about newly developed HydRegen technology was very interesting to us:
“With the constant drive to make chemical synthesis ever cleaner, more energy-efficient and generate less waste – both in research and industrial processes – more and more chemists are looking to harness enzyme catalysis. But many enzymes don’t work in isolation. They are aided by small molecule cofactors, such as the redox couple of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, NAD+/NADH.
“HydRegen is a technology developed in Kylie Vincent’s research group at the University of Oxford, UK, which provides a clean and efficient way to recycle the NADH cofactor in an effort to make it more accessible to synthetic chemists. ‘NADH is often more expensive than the chemical you’re trying to produce,’ says Vincent, ‘so if you’re going to use these enzymes in synthesis, you need cheap ways of recycling the cofactor.’”
Read the rest at: http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2014/01/profile-hydregen-plug-play-redox-enzymes