Production of green surfactants: Market prospects

Charles Farias, Fabíola Almeida, Ivison Silva, Thais Souza, Hugo Meira, Rita Soares da Silva, Juliana Luna, Valdemir Santos, Attilio Converti, Ibrahim M Banat, Leonie Sarubbo

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Abstract

Science has greatly contributed to the advancement of technology and to the innovation of production processes and their applications. Cleaning products have become indispensable in today’s world, as personal and environmental hygiene is important to all societies worldwide. Such products are used in the home, in most work environments and in the industrial sectors. Most of the detergents on the market are synthesised from petrochemical products. However, the interest in reducing the use of products harmful to human health and the environment has led to the search for detergents formulated with natural, biodegradable surfactant components of biological (plant or microbiological) origin or chemically synthesised from natural raw materials usually referred to as green surfactants. This review addresses the different types, properties, and uses of surfactants, with a focus on green surfactants, and describes the current scenario as well as the projections for the future market economy related to the production of the different types of green surfactants marketed in the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-39
Number of pages12
JournalElectronic Journal of Biotechnology
Volume51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Biosurfactants, Cleaning product, Detergents, Green surfactants, Surfactant market Sur,factants

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