Encapsulation of enzymes in metal ion-surfactant nanocomposites for catalysis in highly polar solvents

Chem Commun (Camb). 2017 Mar 9;53(21):3134-3137. doi: 10.1039/c7cc00607a.


We described a method to encapsulate enzymes in metal ion-surfactant nanocomposites. The nanobiocatalyst displayed highly retained activity (∼100%) and much improved stability in protein-denaturing organic solvents. As a demonstration, the encapsulated lipase exhibited much higher activity and stability in the synthesis of vitamin E succinate in dimethyl sulfoxide.