Biosurfactants and Synthetic Surfactants in Bioelectrochemical Systems: A Mini-Review

Pasternak, Grzegorz and Askitosari, Theresia Desy and Rosenbaum, Miriam A. (2020) Biosurfactants and Synthetic Surfactants in Bioelectrochemical Systems: A Mini-Review. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11 (358). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1664-302X

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Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) are ruled by a complex combination of biological and abiotic factors. The interplay of these factors determines the overall efficiency of BES in generating electricity and treating waste. The recent progress in bioelectrochemistry of BESs and electrobiotechnology exposed an important group of compounds, which have a significant contribution to operation and efficiency: surface-active agents, also termed surfactants. Implementation of the interfacial science led to determining several effects of synthetic and natural surfactants on BESs operation. In high pH, these amphiphilic compounds prevent the cathode electrodes from biodeterioration. Through solubilization, their presence leads to increased catabolism of hydrophobic compounds. They interfere with the surface of the electrodes leading to improved biofilm formation, while affecting its microarchitecture and composition. Furthermore, they may act as quorum sensing activators and induce the synthesis of electron shuttles produced by electroactive bacteria. On the other hand, the bioelectrochemical activity can be tailored for new, improved biosurfactant production processes. Herein, the most recent knowledge on the effects of these promising compounds in BESs is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biosurfactant, surfactant, microbial fuel cell, bioelectrochemistry, anode, cathode, BES
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Technobiology > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Ester Sri W. 196039
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 09:02
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2021 03:15

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