Enzyme Activation in Organic Solvents: Surfactant - Assisted Solubilization

Michael Yuehhsun Lee : Chemical Engineering

Mentor: Professor Douglas Clark, Chemical Engineering

Michael will investigate the catalytic activity of enzymes solubilized in organic solvents using a technique called surfactant-assisted hydrophobic ion pairing. By furthering our understanding of the factors that effect enzyme function in non-aqueous media, Michael's research will enable him to design a system whereby enzyme activity in such media is optimized. The results with have important practical applications in this novel branch of biotechnology. Michael plans to present his research at the National Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers next year.