The present invention provides carbohydrate-based surfactants and methods for producing the same. Methods for producing carbohydrate-based surfactants include using a glycosylation promoter to link a carbohydrate or its derivative to a hydrophobic compound.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH
 This invention was made with government support under Grant Nos. CHE0714245 and CHE0133237 awarded by the National Science Foundation, Grant No. P42 ES004940 awarded by the National Institutes of Health, and Grant No. DE-FG03-93ER61526 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.