Chapter 11. Sophorolipids and Rhamnolipids

  1. Mikael Kjellin PhD industrial research leader2 and
  2. Ingegärd Johansson3
  1. Dirk W. G. Develter and
  2. Steve J. J. Fleurackers

Published Online: 11 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686607.ch11

Surfactants from Renewable Resources

Surfactants from Renewable Resources

How to Cite

Develter, D. W. G. and Fleurackers, S. J. J. (2010) Sophorolipids and Rhamnolipids, in Surfactants from Renewable Resources (eds M. Kjellin and I. Johansson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470686607.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    YKI, Institute for Surface Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden

  2. 3

    AkzoNobel Surfactants, Stenungsund, Sweden

Author Information

  1. Ecover Belgium NV, Malle, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 FEB 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Renewable Resources

Book Series Editors:

  1. Christian V. Stevens

Series Editor Information

  1. Department of Organic Chemistry, Ghent University, Belgium

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470760413

Online ISBN: 9780470686607



  • sophorolipids and rhamnolipids;
  • biosurfactant, biologically produced surface-active agents;
  • sophorolipids - by ascomycetous yeast species Torulopsis magnoliae;
  • chemical structure of sophorolipid;
  • biosynthetic pathway of sophorolipids;
  • petrochemical and nonrenewable linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS);
  • Belgian–German research project ‘Bi-Cycle’ and ‘bi-cycle’ concept;
  • ‘Sopholine’ cosmetics;
  • sophorolipid ozonolysis with oxidative and reductive workup;
  • novel sophorolipid biosynthesis


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Sophorolipids

  • Derivatives of Native Sophorolipids

  • Biosynthesis of Novel Sophorolipids

  • Rhamnolipids

  • Cleaning Applications Using Sophorolipids and Rhamnolipids

  • References