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Showering, washing, cleaning - without surfactants all these activities would be a drag. That’s because surfactants are amphiphilic, which means they function by breaking down the interface between water and oils and/or dirt, holding these oils and dirt in suspension, and so allowing their removal. Used for cleaning agents, care- and washing products, they remove dirt and grime on surfaces leaving a streak-free finish, stubborn stains from fabrics without damaging them, and provide bubbles and foam that are mild to sensitive skin for bathtime fun.

Surfactants are the substances that - due to their special molecular structure - give laundry detergents, shower gels, shampoos, and dish soaps their cleaning power. Along with water, they constitute the most important components of these products, and are the bedrock of daily cleaning and hygiene.

REWOFERM® SL is a biosurfactant developed by Evonik’s Nutrition & Care Segment from sophorolipids using biotech methods. It is made by fermentation with a yeast which occurs naturally in honey made by bumblebees. It means it is 100% bio-based, has excellent cleaning properties in addition to an outstanding toxicology and ecological profile, and is completely biodegradable. But bringing REWOFERM® SL to market takes more than smart science. It takes a talented international team of engineers, experts and technicians from Innovation Management, Process Development, Technical Service, Market Development, Production, and Sales and Marketing to make REWOFERM® SL perform to standard and comply with European Ecolabel requirements.

What’s more, in REWOFERM® SL, Evonik has launched a novel Sophorolipids-based biosurfactant that uncompromisingly satisfies all the requirements of a high-end biosurfactant: excellent cleaning performance, environmental compatibility, and production from renewable raw materials. None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for our people putting their heads together to develop products that yield a maximum benefit for customers and society alike. So, if you have a creative mind, join us and find out what you can do to contribute to the world with Evonik. 

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Sophorolipids

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FULL CHEMICAL NAME

Sophorolipids

MOST COMMON RELATED ROLES

Technical Service,

Sales and Marketing,

Production, Supply Chain,

Innovation Management / Process Engineering,

Market Development

APPEARANCE AND PROPERTIES

Clear liquid

PRODUCTION SITES

Essen, Germany

Slovenská Ľupča, Slovakia

PRIMARY APPLICATIONS

Biodegradable surfactant for all kinds of cleaning applications

DID YOU KNOW…

The first household cleaners containing Evonik’s biosurfactant are already on supermarket shelves.

DID YOU KNOW…

Evonik has succeeded in developing a cost-effective biotechnological production process, so that Sophorolipids are now available on a large scale for the usage in detergents and Home Care cleaning products.

DID YOU KNOW…

Surfactants are the substances that give laundry detergents, shower gels, shampoos, and dish soaps their cleaning power.

DID YOU KNOW…

Sophorolipids, produced in nature by yeasts, have so far been available on the market only as niche products.

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