PRAXISforum Enzymes for Industrial Applications

Michael Richter, Empa


"New and emerging approaches in materials sciences by using enzymes need a subtle evaluation of the feasibility, the potential benefits and the reasonable transfer of enzyme technology to these fields. Combining the classical engineering design approach of materials sciences with the discovery based approach of enzyme technology is promising but still challenging." 

Wed 4 Feb 2015, 17:30:

Materials Modification by using Enzymes – Potential and Challenges

  • Strategies for combining materials sciences with enzyme technology
  • Site directed enzyme immobilization
  • Innovative polymer functionalization via enzymes
  • Industrial relevance of biohybrid materials



Michael Richter studied chemistry at the Universities of Mainz and Freiburg i. Br., where he obtained his diploma in 2000. In 2005 he obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Leipzig studying the chemical modification of aldo-/ keto-reductases. Afterwards he returned as a Postdoc to the University of Freiburg i. Br., where he worked at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences on thiamin diphosphate-dependent enzymes, alcohol dehydrogenases and oxidative phenol coupling in fungi. 2009 he joined Empa St. Gallen and is currently head of the Biocatalysis group within the Laboratory for Bioactive Materials. His personal interest is applied enzyme technology, the investigation of new enzymes inferred from biosynthetic pathways for diverse applications such as the modification of biopolymers or synthesis of building blocks.








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