Biosurfactants: The green generation of speciality chemicals and potential production using Solid-State fermentation (SSF) technology


Surfactants are multipurpose products found in most sectors of contemporary industry. Their large-scale manufacturing has been mainly carried out using traditional chemical processes. Some of the chemical species involved in their production are considered hazardous and some industrial processes employing them categorised as “having potential negative impact on the environment”. Biological surfactants have therefore been generally accepted worldwide as suitable sustainable greener alternatives. Biosurfactants exhibit the same functionalities of synthetic analogues while having the ability to synergize with other molecules improving performances; this strengthens the possibility of reaching different markets via innovative formulations. Recently, their use was suggested to help combat Covid-19. In this review, an analysis of recent bibliography is presented with descriptions, statistics, classifications, applications, advantages, and challenges; evincing the reasons why biosurfactants can be considered as the chemical specialities of the future. Finally, the uses of the solid-state fermentation as a production technology for biosurfactants is presented.

Authors: Ibrahim M Banat, Quentin Carboué, Gerardo Saucedo-Castañeda, José de Jesús Cázares-Marinero
; Full Source: Bioresource technology 2020 Oct 24;320(Pt A):124222. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2020.124222.