Current importance of oleochemistry in the industrial sector of surfactants.


  • Carlos Gómez Herrera Instituto de la Grasa (CSIC)



Hydrophilic head based on carbohydrates, Hydrophilic head based on proteins, Industrial scale preparation, Oleochemistry, Raw material, Surfactant


Oleochemistry is an industrial sector with various applications and important developments in the field of surfactans. In this article different parts are dedicated to: A) Sources of oleochemical raw materials; B) Valorization of the oleochemistry in the field of surfactants; C) Hydrophilic heads based on carbohydrates or proteins, D) Examples of surfactants currently prepared at industrial scale, such as esters of polyols, alkylpolyglucosides, glucamides and lipoaminoacids. Collaboration between industrial sectors of surfactants and oleaginous products has evidenced various strong points. Ecological, energetic, economical and sanitary reasons will probably increase this collaboration in the future.


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Gómez Herrera C. Current importance of oleochemistry in the industrial sector of surfactants. Grasas aceites [Internet]. 2009Sep.30 [cited 2024May19];60(4):413-9. Available from: