A process for providing vicinal dimethyl long chain between alkyl groups of organic compounds is described. The process uses intact or disrupted cells of various species of bacteria, particularly Thermoanaerobacter sp., Sarcina sp. and Butyrivibrio sp. The process can be conducted in an aqueous reaction mixture at room temperatures.
This invention was developed under U.S. Department of Energy No. DE-FG0289ER14029 and NSF Grant No. BIR 912-006 and IBM 9507189. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.