Special Issue "Biosurfactants: Trends and Applications"
A special issue of Colloids and Interfaces (ISSN 2504-5377).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)
Biosurfactants are surface active agents produced by microorganisms that have higher efficiency and stability, lower toxicity and higher biocompatibility and biodegradability than chemical surfactants. These molecules have a wide range of applications in environmental and industrial processes and as ingredients in antifouling formulations, foods, detergents, cosmetics and personal care products.
The generalized use of biosurfactants is still limited by the high production costs when compared to petrochemically-derived surfactants. As a result, the development of biosurfactant-based industrial products must overcome important challenges in order to attain economic viability.
In the attempt of reducing production costs, “super-producing” strains have been surveyed from a wide range of habitats and bacterial co-cultures have been tested. The use of industrial waste materials as low-cost substrates has also been successfully demonstrated. Furthermore, the production of biosurfactants by microaerophilic facultative anaerobic bacteria has been tested as a strategy of reducing the need for aeration and associated foaming.
During the last few decades, biosurfactants have been demonstrated as mediators of the antifouling effects of some marine microbes. “Blue Biotechnology” represents, therefore, a new breath on bacterial biosurfactant prospection. The encapsulation within release-controlled systems for the long-term prevention of microbial colonization is a second line of approaches to enhance efficiency and optimize cost-benefit ratio.
This Special Issue will address these topics, as well as other perspectives on current research and future perspectives for microbial biosurfactant production and applications:
- Producing organisms and molecules
- Biosurfactants from extremophiles
- Anaerobes as biosurfactant producers
- Physiology and biochemistry of biosurfactant production
- Optimized cultivation strategies for reducing production costs
- Biosurfactant expression in heterologous hosts
- Industrial and environmental applications
- Applications in MEOR and petroleum industry
- Biomedical and therapeutic applications
- Biosurfactant-based antifouling materials
SI Best Paper Award (300 CHF) will be selected from this SI.
Prof. Dr. Angela F. Cunha
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