A computational method for determination of the mass-transfer coefficient in packed-bed immobilized enzyme reactors

Fumihide Shiraishi, Hiromitsu Miyakawa, Takahiro Hasegawa, Shino Kasai

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A computational method was developed that determined the mass-transfer coefficient k(L) or the volumetric mass-transfer coefficient k(L) a in packed-bed immobilized enzyme (IME) reactors. To study the performance of this method, two experimental systems were considered where an enzyme was immobilized on a non-porous support surface (surface-IME system) or within a porous support (pore-IME system). The values of k(L) and k(L) a determined in these packed-bed IME reactor systems were successfully expressed in terms of the substrate concentration at the reactor inlet and the liquid flow rate. Furthermore, the correlations obtained for k(L) and k(L) a were used to calculate the unconverted fractions of substrate at the reactor outlet. Comparison showed that the calculated results were in satisfactory agreement with the experimental values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-413
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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