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Biosurfactants: a sustainable replacement for chemical surfactants?

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Marchant, Roger and Banat, Ibrahim (2012) Biosurfactants: a sustainable replacement for chemical surfactants? Biotechnology Letters, 34 (9). pp. 1597-1605. [Journal article]

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Glycolipid biosurfactants produced by bacteria and yeasts provide significant opportunitiesto replace chemical surfactants with sustainable biologically produced alternatives in bulk commercial products such as laundry detergents and surface cleaners. Sophorolipids are already available in sufficient yield to make their use feasible while rhamnolipids and mannosylerythritol lipids require further development. The ability to tailor the biosurfactant produced to the specific needs of the product formulation will be an important future step.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmaceutical Science and Practice
ID Code:23384
Deposited By:Professor Ibrahim Banat
Deposited On:17 Sep 2012 15:24
Last Modified:17 Sep 2012 15:24

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