Biosurfactants: Production, properties, applications, trends, and general perspectives

Leonie A. Sarubbo, Maria da Gloria C Silva, Italo Jose B Durval, Karen Gercyane O. Bezerra, Beatriz G Ribeiro, Ivison A silva, Matthew Twigg, Ibrahim M Banat

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Abstract

Biosurfactants have become attractive microbial products in the emerging biotechnology industry due to their advantages over synthetic surfactants in terms of environmental sustainability, global public health, and the concerns of industries to produce environmentally friendly goods. The amphipathic structure of biosurfactants with hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties enable these molecules to play a key role in emulsification, foam formation, detergency, and oil dispersion activities, which are desirable traits in different industries. Several types of biosurfactants are commercially produced for applications in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries while others have promising roles in the food, petroleum, and agricultural industries. In this paper, we offer an extensive review of knowledge on microbial biosurfactants accumulated over the years. We also discuss current and promising industrial applications of biosurfactants as well as the advantages and challenges for their development and applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108377
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalBiochemical Engineering Journal
Volume181
Early online date17 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the Research and Development Programme of the Ag?ncia Nacional de Energia El?trica (ANEEL [National Electrical Energy Agency]) and the companies Centrais El?tricas da Para?ba (EPASA [State of Para?ba Electrical Centers]), Centrais El?tricas de Pernambuco SA (EPESA [State of Pernambuco Electrical Centers]), and Termocabo SA, Brazil and by the Brazilian fostering agencies Foundation for the Support of Science and Technology of the State of Pernambuco (FACEPE), National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES- Finance code 001). The authors are grateful to the Icam Tech School of the Catholic University of Pernambuco (UNICAP) and the Advanced Institute of Technology and Innovation (IATI), Brazil.

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the Research and Development Programme of the Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (ANEEL [National Electrical Energy Agency]) and the companies Centrais Elétricas da Paraíba (EPASA [State of Paraíba Electrical Centers]), Centrais Elétricas de Pernambuco SA (EPESA [State of Pernambuco Electrical Centers]), and Termocabo SA, Brazil and by the Brazilian fostering agencies Foundation for the Support of Science and Technology of the State of Pernambuco ( FACEPE ), National Council for Scientific and Technological Development ( CNPq ), and Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES- Finance code 001). The authors are grateful to the Icam Tech School of the Catholic University of Pernambuco ( UNICAP ) and the Advanced Institute of Technology and Innovation ( IATI ), Brazil.

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Keywords

  • Biosurfactant
  • Microorganisms
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Green
  • technology
  • Industrial applications
  • Green technology

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