Biomimetic amphiphiles: Biosurfactants

J.R. Lu*, X.B. Zhao, M. Yaseen

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Several types of natural and biomimetic surfactants have recently been reported. These biosurfactants bear the same common structural features as conventional surfactants, but the presence of bioactive functionalities incorporates new features such as structural complementarity and biological specificity into the common character of self-assembly driven by amphiphilicity. This review provides an outline of trend in recent biosurfactant research. Whilst these biosurfactants are attractive to many potential applications, further characterisation of their physiochemical properties will benefit the design and fabrication of functional biomaterials and accelerate our advances in nanobiotechnology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • biosurfactants
  • self-assembly
  • peptides
  • amphiphiles
  • DNA surfactants
  • lipid surfactants
  • liposurfactants
  • neutron reflection


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