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Sharrel, Rebello and Sathish , Mundayoor (2014) Surfactants: toxicity, remediation and green surfactants. Environmental Chemistry Letters, 12 (2). 275-287. ISSN 1610-3661

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Abstract

Surfactants toxicity has induced a worldwide alert followed by various regulations. There are still concerns about the biodegradability and ecofriendliness of surfactants. Reviews on surfactants are available, but a concise manuscript covering surfactant types, primary and secondary toxicity of surfactants, evaluating the level of surfactant pollution worldwide, is needed. We review here the safety of surfactants in the aquatic system, in terrestrial ecosystems and for humans. We discuss strategies to solve surfactant contamination. Remediation methods include ozonation, UV radiation and catalyst-coupled auto-oxidation. We focus on the biodegradation of the anionic detergents sodium dodecyl sulfate and linear alkyl benzene sulfonate. Finally, the relevance and role of biosurfactants as alternatives to synthetic detergents are also described.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bioremediation Biosurfactants Sodium dodecyl sulfate Linear alkyl benzene sulfonate Pollution Anionic Methylene blue active agents
Subjects: Mycobacterium Research
Depositing User: Rgcb Library
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 06:46
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 06:47
URI: http://rgcb.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/405

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