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Adsorption and self-assembly of biosurfactants studied by neutron reflectivity and small angle neutron scattering: glycolipids, lipopeptides and proteins

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Abstract

Biosurfactants are surface active biomolecules that are produced by a variety of different micro-organisms. The current environmental requirements for more biosustainable, biocompatible and biodegradable surfactant based products make the study of biosurfactants an important area of research. Understanding their fundamental physico-chemical properties and how these relate to their biological roles are key to their wider exploitation. This review focuses on studies of the fundamental adsorption and self-assembly properties of two glycolipids, rhamnolipids and sophorolipids, a lipopeptide, surfactin, and a protein, hydrophobin, and their mixtures with other amphiphiles and surfactants, using neutron reflectivity and small angle neutron scattering.

Graphical abstract: Adsorption and self-assembly of biosurfactants studied by neutron reflectivity and small angle neutron scattering: glycolipids, lipopeptides and proteins

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The article was received on 11 Jul 2011, accepted on 11 Oct 2011 and first published on 25 Oct 2011


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06304A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 578-591
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    Adsorption and self-assembly of biosurfactants studied by neutron reflectivity and small angle neutron scattering: glycolipids, lipopeptides and proteins

    J. Penfold, R. K. Thomas and H. Shen, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 578
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM06304A

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