Turkish Journal of Chemistry




In this study, the kinetic resolution of (R,S)-2-pentanol via transesterification to achieve S-2-pentanol, a key intermediate required in the synthesis of anti-Alzheimer drugs, was investigated in continuous-flow packed-bed reactors. The effects of residence time, substrate concentration, and operation time of the enzyme were investigated. Under steady state conditions, 50% conversion and enantiomeric excess of the substrate (ee$_{S}$)>99% were achieved at a residence time of 0.04 min. Productivity of the continuous-flow process (1.341 mmol/min/g)was about 4 times higher than that of the corresponding batch process (0.363 mmol/min/g). In addition, the mathematical modeling of the packed-bed reactor was conductedusing an axial dispersion model. Ping Pong Bi Bi kinetics was used in this model. Design parameters were determined and the developed equations were solved using an algorithm for solving boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations by collocation (bvp4c) using MATLAB. The results, obtained from the model, fitted the experimental data very well.

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