Chapter 8. Synthesis of Surfactants Using Enzymes

  1. Mikael Kjellin PhD industrial research leader2 and
  2. Ingegärd Johansson3
  1. Patrick Adlercreutz and
  2. Rajni Hatti-Kaul

Published Online: 11 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686607.ch8

Surfactants from Renewable Resources

Surfactants from Renewable Resources

How to Cite

Adlercreutz, P. and Hatti-Kaul, R. (2010) Synthesis of Surfactants Using Enzymes, in Surfactants from Renewable Resources (eds M. Kjellin and I. Johansson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470686607.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    YKI, Institute for Surface Chemistry, Stockholm, Sweden

  2. 3

    AkzoNobel Surfactants, Stenungsund, Sweden

Author Information

  1. Department of Biotechnology, Lund University, Sweden

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



  • surfactant synthesis using enzymes;
  • enzymatic synthesis of surfactants;
  • modern biotechnology - accessing and developing novel biocatalysts;
  • triacylglycerol glycerolysis;
  • glycerophospholipids - biological membrane components;
  • enzymatic de-gumming, important industrial process;
  • carbohydrate esters;
  • lipase-catalysed carbohydrate ester synthesis efficiency;
  • D-galactose lipase-catalysed acylation;
  • amino acid-based surfactants


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Enzymes as Catalysts for Synthesis of Surfactants

  • Enzymatic Synthesis of Polar Lipids Useful as Surfactants

  • Carbohydrate Esters

  • Fatty Amide Surfactants

  • Amino Acid-Based Surfactants

  • Alkyl Glycosides

  • Future Prospects

  • Acknowledgements

  • References