Synthesis, Characterization, and Bioactivit of Lactowe Lauryl Esters

Principal Investigator:

Marie K. Walsh, Utah State University

Project Summary:

Carbohydrate esters are biodegradable and nontoxic and are currently used in the food and personal care industries. They have a variety of documented activities including antimicrobial, insecticidal, emulsification and foaming properties. The antimicrobial activity of carbohydrate esters has been demonstrated recently against food spoilage bacteria and bacteria that are involved in the formation of dental caries. Over 30 different carbohydrate esters have been screened with respect to antibacterial activity, yet there have been no publications to date on the synthesis, characterization and bioactivity of lactose esters.


Walsh, MK, RA Bombeck, A Wagh, A Bingham, L Berreau. Synthesis of lactose monolaurate as influenced by various lipases and solvents. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic.



Published Abstract:

Optimizing the synthesis of lactose monolaurate. Marie K. Walsh, Utah State Univ., Logan, UT; Rebecca Bombyk, Utah State Univ. IFT Annual Meeting, Anaheim CA, June 2009.


Walsh, M. 2009. Synthesis, Characterization, and Bioactivity of Lactose Lauryl Esters. Western Dairy Center Annual Meeting. May 6, Utah State University, Logan.


Patent on Lactose Lauryl Ester Synthesis Submitted.