7th International Conference on Biocatalysis in Non-conventional media

7th International Conference on Biocatalysis in Non-conventional media

– May 26-29 Trondheim, Norway 2024

Weather forecast for Trondheim: Saturday-Sunday: Sunny 25-27C, Monday 25C, Tuesday 35% rainy but 20C, Wednesday cloudy 18C. So please brng a rain coat or an umbrella in case it will be a rainy outdoor excursion Tuesday 28th at Sverresborg Folk Mueseum.

Welcome to Trondheim!

The 7th conference in this series will be held in Trondheim, dealing with the newest research and industrial applications in applied biocatalysis/sustainable chemical processes. 

A Special Issue from the conference is set up  in CATALYSTS, mdpi, submissions are now welcome, deadline is October 31, 2024. 

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Invited Plenary Lecturers - Please click on the speaker pictures to access abstracts!

Invited Plenary Lecturers - Please click on the speaker pictures to access abstracts!

Special Invited Lecturer, Mr. E-factor:

Prof. Dr. Roger Sheldon
Distinguished Professor of Biocatalysis Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Title: Reflections on Five Decades of Biocatalysis in Non-Conventional Media


Prof. Dr. Dörte Rother
Head of Team `Synthetic enzyme cascades, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany 

Title: The Effect of Organic Solvents, Ionic Liquids and Micro-Aqueous Reaction Systems on Biotransformations: Three Case Studies. 


Prof. Dr. Polona Žnidaršič Plazl 
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Ljubliana, Slovenia.

Title: Non-Conventional Media in Flow Biocatalysis


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Selin Kara
Executive Director, Institute of Technical Chemistry, Leibniz Technical University of Hannover, Germany; Head of the Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing Group, Aarhus University, Denmark

Title: Non-Conventional Media For Enzymatic Decarboxylations: Transitioning From Lab To Industrial Scales


Prof. Dr. Pedro Lozano
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Murcia, Spain

Title: When Enzymes Met Ionic Liquids: A Journey To "Dream" Chemistry


Dr. Fabrice Gallou
Novartis Distinguished Scientist, Chemical and Analytical Development, Novartis Campus, Basel, Switzerland

Title: Sustainability as a Driver for Innovation


Prof. Dr. Frank Hollmann
Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Title: To Be Or Not To Be Green With Biocatalysis In Neoteric Solvents

Scientific Topics

Scientific Topics

  • Novel non-conventional reaction media for biocatalysis
  • Water- and solvent-free reaction systems
  • Non-conventional media in Flow Biocatalysis
  • Biphasic and Multi-phase biocatalytic systems
  • BNCM: from labscale to industrial scale
  • Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Enzyme-catalyzed Reactions in Non-conventional Media
  • Non-conventional Media for Whole-cell versus Cell-free Biocatalytic Systems
  • Sustainable Biocatalytic Reaction Engineering in Non-conventional Media


Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee

Elisabeth Jacobsen
Department of chemistry, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. Treasurer of ESAB

Roland Wohlgemuth
Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland. President of ESAB 

Jennifer Littlechild
University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom. Vice President of ESAB

Sergio Riva
Institute of Chemical Sciences and Technologies, SCITEC-CNR, Milano, Italy

Antonio Ballesteros
CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

Jan von Langermann
Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg,  Germany

Vytas Svedas
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

POSTER mounting from 13.00


The conference is dedicated to Professor Alexander Klibanov on the occasion of his 75th birthday in July! He is currently Novartis Chair Professor Emeritus of Chemistry & Bioengineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, USA. 

Professor Klibanov´s research on enzymes as catalysts for chemical reactions in organisc solvents has resulted in fundamental knowledge on such reactions. Quote:

The Klibanov group has discovered the rules that enable enzymes to vigorously act as catalysts in organic solvents containing little or no water. When placed in this unnatural milieu, enzymes acquire some remarkable novel properties, such as greatly enhanced thermostability and strikingly different specificity, including stereoselectivity. The ultimate goal is to obtain a mechanistic understanding of enzymatic catalysis in nonaqueous media. This knowledge will enable us to control predictably the behavior of enzymes by altering the solvent, rather than the protein molecule itself (as in protein engineering). Enzymes in organic solvents are also used as catalysts of synthetically interesting and challenging processes, such as asymmetric oxidoreductions.

You tube video:

Alexander Klibanov: Enzymatic catalysis in organic media (ACS local meeting, Lexington, 1997)

The Biocatalalysis in Non-Conventional Media Society wishes Professor Klibanov a happy birthday in July!


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