Product News: Materials & Material Processing
Biodegradable Surfactants offer petroleum alternative.
Press Release Summary:
June 24, 2014 - Based on naturally occurring organic biosurfactants, called rhamnolipids, NatSurFact® product line is suitable for use in personal care and household cleaning products. Surfactants interact at interface between two fluids, or fluid and solid, promoting foaming of detergents or emulsification of oils. By using rhamnolipids rather than harsher sulfate-or-phosphate-based surfactants, NatSurFact line offers sustainably produced and ecofriendly formulations applicable to multiple industries.
Original Press Release
Logos Technologies Introduces Biodegradable, Natural Alternative to Petroleum Surfactants
Press release date: June 16, 2014
FAIRFAX, Va., – Logos Technologies is introducing a line of highly efficient, fully biodegradable surfactants for use in personal care and household cleaning products. The NatSurFact product line is based on naturally occurring organic biosurfactants, called rhamnolipids, which have been proven to be up to 1000 times more efficacious than current industry-standard agents, such as petroleum-based equivalents.
Surfactants are molecules that interact at the interface between two fluids, or a fluid and a solid. Common effects they promote include the foaming of detergents or the emulsification of oils. By using rhamnolipids rather than environmentally harsher sulfate-or-phosphate-based surfactants, the NatSurFact line offers sustainably produced and ecofriendly formulations applicable to multiple industries.
"Consumers are beginning to ask for more environmentally and socially sustainable products in many applications, including personal care and household cleaning," offered Dan Derr, business area lead for Logos Technologies' BioChemical Products group. "The NatSurFact line means that companies will no longer have to choose between meeting consumers' expectations for environmentally sound products and meeting bottom-line targets."
Launched at TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo today in Washington, D.C., NatSurFact is one of the first commercial applications of rhamnolipids, natural compounds produced by microbes including bacteria and yeast. A report by the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that rhamnolipids are readily biodegradable and have no adverse effects on humans or the environment, differentiating the compounds from conventional surfactants.
"The value of these biosurfactants is apparent in many industries," Derr continued. "Because of its adaptability and high potency, NatSurFact has the potential to be disruptive in sectors as varied as personal care, household cleaning, agriculture, and chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (cEOR)."
NatSurFact is ready now, and Logos Technologies is actively seeking additional industry partners across a number of sectors. Samples can be supplied for independent analysis upon request.
For more information about NatSurFact, visit booth #643 at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo, or download the NatSurFact whitepaper here.
About Logos Technologies
Founded in 1996, Logos Technologies, LLC is a diversified science, engineering and technology company specializing in the fields of advanced sensors, wide area motion imagery, cyber operations, advanced analytics and processing of large, multisource datasets. Logos serves government customers including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security, as well as a range of customers in commercial and international markets. Learn more at www.logos-technologies.com