Terpenes as a source of raw materials for new biosurfactants
The aim of the “BioSurf” project is the increased substitution of petrochemically based surfactants by biosurfactants manu-factured on the basis of renewable resources. So as to insure sustainable production principles, the chain of value creation in the biosurfactant production is examined in its entirety. The key research objectives are the identifcation of new biosurfactants and/or new enzymes and microorganisms for new and more effcient biosurfactant production processes, under-standing the cellular regulatory processes of the biosurfactant synthesis and consistent metabolic engineering to optimize the production organisms.
Within the scope of this project BioCat has successfully developed enzymatic processes for the production of new terpene-based biosurfactants.