The knowledge of the principle activation mechanisms in biosynthesis helps us to exploit enzymatic catalysts even outside their natural environment in organic synthesis. This course will provide a brief introduction into the activation modes of enzymes and discuss opportunities and limitations for synthetic chemistry. Furthermore, the course aims to directly connect features of natural catalysts with the rational development of small molecule analogues as found in modern organocatalysis.
All slides used in the lectures can be found prior to the sessions on this page: lecture slides
Instructions for the compilation of the learning diary can be found here: learning diary instructions. The first set of diary entries is due on March 30 (assignment #1), the second one on April 30 (assignment #2)
We will meet on February 23 for the first time to learn more about the individual pre-knowledge and expectations on the course.
23.2.2017: Introduction (basic principles of catalysis, protein structure and cofactors)
27.2.2017: Oxidoreductases I (carbonyl-, ene- and imine reductases)
2.3.2017: Oxidoreductases II (oxygenating enzymes)
6.3.2017: Transferases (transaminases)
9.3.2017: Lyases I (decarboxylases and transketolases)
13.3.2017: Lyases II (aldolases)
27.3.2017: Directed evolution / Muta- and semisynthesis