Polymeric surfactants based on inulin, a polysaccharide extracted from chicory. 1. Synthesis and interfacial properties

Biomacromolecules. Winter 2001;2(4):1256-9. doi: 10.1021/bm015570l.


Inulin, the polydisperse reserve polysaccharide from chicory, has been modified by carbamoylation in organic solvents. The reaction of inulin with a range of alkyl isocyanates resulted, after crystalization, in a variety of carbamoylated inulins from which the interfacial properties were determined. The medium and long chain carbamoylated inulins showed a good to very good reduction of the interfacial tension which makes these biopolymers interesting in the field of biodegradable surface active agents.

MeSH terms

  • Alkylation
  • Carbamates / chemistry
  • Carbohydrate Sequence
  • Chicory / chemistry*
  • Inulin / analogs & derivatives*
  • Inulin / chemistry
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Plant Extracts / chemistry
  • Polymers / chemical synthesis
  • Polymers / chemistry
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Surface-Active Agents / chemical synthesis*
  • Surface-Active Agents / chemistry


  • Carbamates
  • Plant Extracts
  • Polymers
  • Surface-Active Agents
  • Inulin