Researchers at the University of Arizona have recently determined the structure and studied the properties of a new class of biosurfactants they called flavolipids. Investigation of a partially purified flavolipid mixture isolated from the bacterial culture showed that it was a strong and stable emulsifier, even at a low concentration of 19 mg/L. The mixture exhibited a critical micelle concentration of 300 mg/liter and reduced surface tension to 26.0 mN/m. It was also an effective solubilizing agent. It enhanced biodegradation of hexadecane by two bioremediating bacteria a hundredfold.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||1|
|Specialist publication||Industrial Bioprocessing|
|State||Published - Feb 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Organic Chemistry