The hydrolysis of racemic butyl 2-(4-substituted phenoxy)propionates having various substituents catalyzed by lipase MY from Candida rugosa was achieved in di-isopropyl ether containing 0.75% (v/v) of 2.4 M LiCl or 1.2 M MgCl2 aqueous solution. Water molecules hydrated to the metal ion in isopropyl ether acted as a nucleophile to cause the hydrolysis of these esters as with water alone. Metal ions used significantly enhanced their enantioselectivities by 100-fold or above, as compared with the ordinary reaction media.
- Metal ion
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- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology