The problem of optimizing the thickness of a microporous slab containing an immobilized enzyme is addressed, using an economic criterion as the objective function. The steady-state material balance to the substrate as transported by diffusion and depleted by a biochemical reaction following classical Michaëlis–enten kinetics within the pellet is obtained. Taking advantage of a number of algebraic manipulations and mathematical artefacts, one is able to solve the resulting second-order, non-linear differential equation by an analytical method, provided that an upper error bound for the solution in the order of 5 per cent is acceptable. The validity of the approximation is tested, and useful applications are reported.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|