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EHN: Novel, Sugar-Based Surfactants More Stable and Sustainable
January 12, 2011, 11:28 am
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Jan 12, 2011

Foley, PM, A Phimphachanh, ES Beach, JB Zimmerman, and PT Anastas.  2011.  Linear and cyclic C-glycosides as surfactants. Green Chemistry http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C0GC00407C.
Synopsis by Evan Beach and Wendy Hessler

A new family of surfactants based on simple sugars and natural oils hold promise to clean without a long list of environmental side effects, according to Yale University chemists who developed the new chemicals.

Surfactants – the active ingredients in many household products, including cleaners and personal care products – are produced on the scale of millions of tons per year. In nearly every application, after a few minutes of use, they are rinsed with water either down the drain or directly into the environment.

Unsurprisingly, there have been harmful effects from such large-scale releases. When surfactants are slow to break down in the environment, problems range from unsightly foaming to toxic effects on aquatic organisms. Some of these chemicals – for example, the widely used nonylphenol ethoxylates – have been implicated in endocrine disruption. The term is used to describe substances that can alter hormone activity in the body.

Read further at http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/newscience/surfactants-from-sugars/

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