Special Issue "Microbial Biosurfactants, Current Research Trends and Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Biosurfactants can be defined as the surface-active biomolecules produced by microorganisms. The coexistence of hydrophilic and hydrophobic domains in the same molecule, renders them able to (i) reach interfaces, (ii) lower interfacial tension and (iii) form micelle. Biosurfactants are produced by several variety of bacteria and few fungi and are categorized by their molecular weight. There are low molecular weight molecules as glycolipids, lipo-peptides, fatty acids, phospholipids and high molecular consisting in polymers and proteins.
With the respect to the chemical surfactants, biosurfactants display lower toxicity, higher biodegradability, better environmental compatibility. Due to their unique functional properties, biosurfactants can be used as emulsifiers, wetting agents, foaming agents, spreading agents, functional food ingredients and detergents in several industries including agrochemicals, fertilizers, foods, beverages, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and many others.
The aim of this Special Issue is to focus on some of the most recent and interesting aspects of the research about biosurfactants and on their multifaceted applications.
Prof. Paola Giardina
Dr. Alessandra Piscitelli
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- Tensioactive molecules
- Surface adhesion
- Antimicrobial activity
- Antibiofilm activity
- Drug delivery