Enzymatic synthesis of biodegradable fumarate oligomer

Nobuyuki Hironaka, Kazunobu Toshima, Shuichi Matsumura

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Biodegradable fumarate oligomers from dimer to tetramer were selectively prepared by the oligomerization of diethyl fumarate using laccase and hydrogen peroxide in various organic solvents. As a typical example, diethyl fumarate was oligomerized using laccase and hydrogen peroxide in ethanol at 60°C for 24 hours to produce the fumarate trimer in 80% yield. Sodium salt of fumarate trimer was biodegraded by the activated sludge.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Event54th SPSJ Symposium on Macromolecules - Yamagata, Japan
Duration: 2005 Sept 202005 Sept 22


Other54th SPSJ Symposium on Macromolecules


  • Biodegradation
  • Enzyme
  • Fumaric acid
  • Laccase
  • Oligomer
  • Oligomerization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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