Most modern surfactants are readily biodegradable and exhibit lowtoxicity in the aquatic environment, the two criteria for greensurfactants. However the majority are synthesised from petroleum,so over the past decade the detergent industry has turned itsattention to developing greener routes to create these surfactantsvia renewable building blocks.
Surfactants from Renewable Resources presents the latestresearch and commercial applications in the emerging field ofsustainable surfactant chemistry, with emphasis on productiontechnology, surface chemical properties, biodegradability,ecotoxicity, market trends, economic viability and life-cycleanalysis.
Reviewing traditional sources for renewable surfactants as wellas recent advances, this text focuses on techniques with potentialfor large scale application.
Topics covered include:
* Renewable hydrophobes from natural fatty acids and forestindustry by-products
* Renewable hydrophiles from carbohydrates, amino acids andlactic acid
* New ways of making renewable building blocks; ethylene fromrenewable resources and complex mixtures from waste biomass
* Surface active polymers
This book is a valuable resource for industrial researchers incompanies that produce and use surfactants, as well as academicresearchers in surface and polymer chemistry, sustainable chemistryand chemical engineering.