Recent developments in biorefining of macroalgae metabolites and their industrial applications - A circular economy approach

Veeramuthu Ashokkumar, Shanmugam Jayashree, Gopalakrishnan Kumar, S. Aruna Sharmili, Mayakkannan Gopal, Selvakumar Dharmaraj, Wei Hsin Chen, Richa Kothari, Isukapatla Manasa, Jeong Hoon Park, Sampathkumar Shruthi, Chawalit Ngamcharussrivichai

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Abstract

The macroalgal industry is expanding, and the quest for novel ingredients to improve and develop innovative products is crucial. Consumers are increasingly looking for natural-derived ingredients in cosmetic products that have been proven to be effective and safe. Macroalgae-derived compounds have growing popularity in skincare products as they are natural, abundant, biocompatible, and renewable. Due to their high biomass yields, rapid growth rates, and cultivation process, they are gaining widespread recognition as potentially sustainable resources better suited for biorefinery processes. This review demonstrates macroalgae metabolites and their industrial applications in moisturizers, anti-aging, skin whitening, hair, and oral care products. These chemicals can be obtained in combination with energy products to increase the value of macroalgae from an industrial perspective with a zero-waste approach by linking multiple refineries. The key challenges, bottlenecks, and future perspectives in the operation and outlook of macroalgal biorefineries were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127235
JournalBioresource technology
Volume359
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Sep

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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