Bioinspired glycolipids: Metals interactions and aqueous-source metal recovery technologies

David E. Hogan, Chett J. Boxley, Ryan M. Stolley, Raina M. Maier

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Glycolipid biosurfactants have potential for metal recovery applications from aqueous systems. Recovering toxic and critical materials from contaminated and natural waters will be an integral part of future of green and circular economies. This chapter begins with an introduction to glycolipids and then discusses recent advances in the synthetic production of “bioinspired” surfactants using green chemistry approaches. These synthetic glycolipids can be structurally tuned for specific metal recovery applications and still retain their environmental compatibility. Finally, both natural and synthetic glycolipids are discussed in terms of their interaction with metals and potential applications for recovery of metals from aqueous waste streams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiosurfactants
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Development
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780323916974
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Biosurfactants
  • Critical materials
  • Glycolipids
  • Ion flotation
  • Metals
  • Micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration
  • Mining
  • Precipitation
  • Remediation
  • Rhamnolipid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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