Biosurfactants aided bioremediation mechanisms: A mini-review

Marzieh Sajadi Bami, Mohammad Amin Raeisi Estabragh, Mandana Ohadi, Ibrahim M Banat, Gholamreza Dehghannoudeh

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Biosurfactants can be used for bioremediation as amphiphilic compounds that have shown good tolerance to changes in temperature, salt concentration, pH, and other environmental factors. They have received increased attention in bioremediation because they are biodegradable and do not generate any secondary contaminants. Biosurfactants are used to remove organic molecules for example hydrocarbon contaminants through various mechanisms such as surface tension reduction, emulsification, and micelle formation. They can also play a role in removing heavy metals by increasing contact with the surface of heavy metal deposits and forming complexes and micelle formation. In this review, we focus on the role of biosurfactants in improving the efficacy of bioremediation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-817
Number of pages17
JournalSoil and Sediment Contamination: An International Journal
Issue number7
Early online date10 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished online - 10 Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article is the result of a research project approved by the Student Research Committee of Kerman University of Medical Sciences No. 99001081, which was carried out with the financial support of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Technology of the University.

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  • Bioremediation
  • biosurfactants
  • oil pollution
  • emulsification
  • biodegradation


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