Surfactants from Renewable Resources

Surfactants from Renewable Resources

Editor(s): Mikael Kjellin, Ingegärd Johansson

Published Online: 11 JAN 2010

Print ISBN: 9780470760413

Online ISBN: 9780470686607

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686607

Series Editor(s): Christian V. Stevens

About this Book

Most modern surfactants are readily biodegradable and exhibit low toxicity in the aquatic environment, the two criteria for green surfactants. However the majority are synthesised from petroleum, so over the past decade the detergent industry has turned its attention to developing greener routes to create these surfactants via renewable building blocks.

Surfactants from Renewable Resources presents the latest research and commercial applications in the emerging field of sustainable surfactant chemistry, with emphasis on production technology, surface chemical properties, biodegradability, ecotoxicity, market trends, economic viability and life-cycle analysis.

Reviewing traditional sources for renewable surfactants as well as recent advances, this text focuses on techniques with potential for large scale application.

Topics covered include:

  • Renewable hydrophobes from natural fatty acids and forest industry by-products
  • Renewable hydrophiles from carbohydrates, amino acids and lactic acid
  • New ways of making renewable building blocks; ethylene from renewable resources and complex mixtures from waste biomass
  • Biosurfactants
  • Surface active polymers

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Renewable Hydrophobes

  2. Part 2: Renewable Hydrophiles

  3. Part 3: New Ways of Making Renewable Building Blocks

  4. Part 4: Biosurfactants

    1. Chapter 9

      Surfactants from Waste Biomass (pages 167–189)

      Flor Yunuen García-Becerra, David Grant Allen and Edgar Joel Acosta

  5. Part 5: Polymeric Surfactants/Surface-Active Polymers

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