biomimetic catalyst

biomimetic catalyst

[¦bī·ō·mə′med·ik ′kad·ə‚list]
(organic chemistry)
A synthetic compound that can simulate the mode of action of a natural enzyme by catalyzing a reaction at ambient conditions.
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Patent 7,335,717 (February 26, 2008), "Methods, Compositions and Biomimetic Catalysts for the Synthesis of Silica, Polysilsequioxanes, Polysiloxanes, Non-Silicon Metalloid-Oxygen Networks, Polymetallo-Oxanes and their Organic or Hydrido Conjugates and Derivatives," Daniel E.
use biomimetic catalysts based on enzymes that catalyze the formation of silica and other metal oxides, rare-earth oxides, and metal nitrides.
It ties together the thirty-plus existing theories of enzymatic catalysis, covers design issues in the creation of biomimetic catalysts (such as requirements, problems, approaches, and solutions), explains the difference between energy- and time-dependent catalysis, and interfaces with the hot ideas of complexity and complex systems science.