Synthesis and characterization of arabinose-palmitic acid esters by enzymatic esterification

Valeria M. Pappalardo, Carmen G. Boeriu*, Federica Zaccheria, Nicoletta Ravasio

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The direct esterification of palmitic acid with L-(+)-arabinose has been carried out. The use of Candida antartica lipase B as the catalyst and the choice of suitable solvent and experimental conditions allowed carrying out the reaction successfully. In particular 10% dimethyl-sulfoxide in tert-butanol was found to be the optimal solvent. The product has been fully characterized by means of FTIR, ESI-MS, DSC, mono and bidimensional 1H and 13C NMR. These techniques confirm that only the primary alcoholic group was involved in the esterification reaction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-390
JournalMolecular Catalysis
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Amphiphilic compounds
  • Bio-surfactants
  • Biobased products
  • Enzymatic catalysis
  • Sugar esters


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