Yasutaka Shimotori

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A new enzymatic method for synthesis of enantiomerically enriched δ-hexadecalactone (3) based on the enzymatic kinetic resolution of N-methyl-5-acetoxyhexadecanamide (1) is described. A combination of lipase-catalyzed hydrolysis and amidation improved enantioselectivity. Lipase-catalyzed amidation was also investigated. Detailed screening of solvents and(More)
Synthesis of optically pure δ-lactones by diastereomeric resolution was investigated. Amino acid derivatives, which can be obtained at a relatively low cost, were used as resolving agents. Six optically pure δ-lactones were efficiently synthesized using Cbz-L-alanine without other expensive resolving agents. Both enantiomers of δ-lactone obtained had over(More)
A hemicellulose hydrolysate containing 19 g L−1 xylose was prepared from the culm of bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens) by hydrolysis with 3 % sulphuric acid with a liquor to solid ratio of 10 (g g−1) at 121 °C for 1 h. After detoxification of the hydrolysate with a commercially available activated char followed by neutralisation with calcium carbonate, the(More)
A sugar solution containing 42.9 g l(-1) of xylose was prepared from the wood of Japanese white birch (Betula platyphylla var. japonica) by hydrolysis with 3 % sulfuric acid with a liquor-to-solid ratio of 4 (g g(-1)) at 120 °C for 1 h. During the acid hydrolysis, undesirable by-products were generated, such as acetic acid, furfural, and(More)
We examined the dissolution of polystyrene (PS) into acyclic monoterpenes present in tree essential oils, to develop an environmentally friendly shrinking agent for waste-expanded polystyrene (EPS). The dissolving powers of geranyl acetate, geranylacetone, and geranyl formate [221.8-241.2 g PS (100 g solvent)(-1)] compared favorably with that of(More)
Various hydroxycinnamoyl β-d-xylopyranosides were efficiently prepared from 2,3,4-tri-O-acetyl-α-d-xylopyranosyl bromide (TAXB) with amine by amine-promoted glycosylation. The resulted acetylated hydroxycinnamoyl β-d-xylopyranosides with acetoxy groups at C-2, C-3, and C-4 were regioselectively deacetylated at C-4 position with Novozym 435. Antioxidant(More)
Various glycosyl ferulates were efficiently synthesized from 2,4,6-tetra-O-acetyl-α-D-glucopyranosyl bromide (TAGB) with amine by amine-promoted glycosylation without using heavy metal. The resulted acetylated glycosyl ferulates with acetoxyl groups at C-2, C-3 and C-4 were regioselectively deacetylated at C-4 and C-6 positions with Novozym 435. Antioxidant(More)
A combination of Novozym 435-catalyzed methanolysis and amidation using racemic N-methyl-5-acetoxytridecan- and tetradecanamides as a substrate proceeded in good enantioselectivity to afford the corresponding (R)-N-methyl-5-acetoxyalkanamides, (S)-N-methyl-5-hydroxyalkanamides, and (S)-N-cyclohexyl-5-hydroxyalkanamides. Both enantiomers of δ-tri- and(More)
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