Biocatalysis

Definition - What does Biocatalysis mean?

Biocatalysis is a process in which a biological material is used to speed up, or catalyze, a chemical reaction. The biological materials commonly used during biocatalysis are enzymes. The chemical reactions that are most affected by biocatalysis are those that are mostly or wholly organic.

Corrosionpedia explains Biocatalysis

Biocatalysis frequently relies on enzymes to increase the speed of certain chemical reactions. Enzymes are proteins that are comprised of amino acids. During biocatalysis, one enzyme may be the only catalyst affecting the chemical reaction; however, there are typically several different types of enzymes working concurrently to increase the reaction rate.

Many products such as cleaners, coatings and other industrial products use very dangerous chemicals that can cause risks to human health, environmental health and corrosion. Biocatalysis may be able to displace many harmful chemicals because enzymes are a more environmentally friendly ingredient for the products. Safer ingredients reduce the risks.

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