Ionic behavior assessment of surface-active compounds from corn steep liquor by exchange resins
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Depending on their ionic nature, biosurfactants can be classified as nonionic, anionic, cationic, or amphoteric. The ionic behavior of biosurfactants is an important characteristic that dictates their use in industrial applications. In this work, a biosurfactant extract obtained from corn steep liquor was subjected to anionic or cationic resins, in order to study the ionic behavior under different operational conditions using response surface methodology. The independent variables included in the study are the dilution of biosurfactant solution, the amount of cationic or anionic resin, and the extraction time, whereas the dependent variables studied consisted of the surface tension of biosurfactant aqueous solution, after contacting with anionic or cationic resin. The results showed that biosurfactant extracted from corn steep liquor is amphoteric, since both resins were able to entrap this biosurfactant, making it particularly suited for use in personal care preparations for sensitive skin.
CitationRodriguez, L., Rincón, M., Vecino, X., Cruz, J., Moldes, A. Ionic behavior assessment of surface-active compounds from corn steep liquor by exchange resins. "Journal of surfactants and detergents", 11 Novembre 2016, vol. 20, núm. 1, p. 1-11.