The growth of microorganisms on hydrocarbons is generally accompanied by the emulsification of the carbon source in the aqueous media. Emulsan is initially released from the cell surface as a protein complex; removal of the protein yields a polymer, termed apoemulsan, which retains emulsifying activity. Studies on the interaction of emulsan and apoemulsan with hydrocarbons reveal several interesting properties. An aqueous solution of emulsan differs from emulsan which is bound to an oil droplet in that the latter binds cations.
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 1983|