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     Juillet 2019    

We use surfactants on a daily basis and the quantities consumed increase with the rise of the population and human activity. Detergents, particularly with hygiene products (detergents, shampoos, toothpastes...) and industrial products (degreasing, oil extraction, agriculture, etc.) are the two largest users of surfactants. More than 15 million tones are used each year and environmental problems are a real societal issue because they are found in our wastewater treatment plants, rivers and oceans. Extensive water treatment is therefore required to collect wastewater, treat it, and send it back clean into the wild or give it a second life. The environmental issues due to surfactants (biodegradability, eutrophication, toxicity, allergies) have led to increased research and development of novel Bio-surfactants.

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