Protein-Based Surfactants - Synthesis, Physicochemical Properties and Applications

Edited by Ifendu A Nnanna, and Jiding Xia 
CRC Press  2001  

Hardback  312 pages, Illustrated  ISBN 9780824700041      £121.00
This book, volume 101 in the series Surfactant Science, details preparation techniques of protein-based surfactants (PBS) in the laboratory using both chemical and enzymatic means. It covers production using different amino acids as well as possible applications in medical and personal care products, detergents, antimicrobial agents, and foods. It will be of interest to physical, surface, colloid, inorganic, organic, polymer, medicinal, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and analytical chemists and biochemists; chemical engineers; materials scientist biophysicists; biotechnologists and biomaterials specialist as well as graduate students working with biological surfactants.


  • An overview of the basis, technology, and surface phenomena of protein-based surfactants;
  • natural raw materials and enzymatic modification of agricultural by-products for protein-based surfactants;
  • protein interaction at interfaces; amino acid surfactants - chemistry, synthesis and properties;
  • enzyme-catalyzed synthesis of protein-based surfactants - amphoteric surfactants; arginine lipopeptide surfactants with antimicrobial activity;
  • essentially fluorinated synthetic surfactants based on amino acids or oligopeptides;
  • interactions of amino acid-based surfactants with other compounds;
  • potential applications of protein-based surfactants;
  • current market developments and trends in amino acid- and protein-based surfactants.
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