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Title: Phase separation in biopolymer gels: A low- to high-solid exploration of structural morphology and functionality
Authors: Kasapis, S. 
Keywords: High-solid gels
Low-solid gels
Phase separation
Processed products
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Citation: Kasapis, S. (2008-04). Phase separation in biopolymer gels: A low- to high-solid exploration of structural morphology and functionality. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 48 (4) : 341-359. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Phase separation in protein and polysaccharide gels remains one of the basic tools of achieving the required structural properties and textural profile in food product formulations. As ever, the industrialist is faced with the challenge of innovation in an increasingly competitive market in terms of ingredient cost, product added-value, and expectations of a healthy life-style to mention but a few. It appears, however, that a gap persists between the fundamental knowledge and a direct application to food related concepts with a growing need for scientific input. Furthermore, within the context of materials science, there is a tendency to examine research findings in either low- or high-solid systems without considering synergistic insights/benefits to contemporary needs, spanning the full range of relevant time-, length-, and concentration scales. This review highlights the latest attempts made to utilize and further develop fundamental protocols from the advanced synthetic polymer research as a source of inspiration for contemporary bio-related applications in low- and intermediate-solid composite gels. Then, it takes advantage of this school of thought to "force a passage" through the phase topology and molecular dynamics of binary biopolymer mixtures at high levels of co-solute. It is hoped that these phenomenological and fundamental tools should be able to bridge the divide in the analysis of the two "types" of composite materials (from low to high solids) thus dealing effectively with the specific and often intricate problems of their science and applications. Copyright © Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Source Title: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
ISSN: 10408398
DOI: 10.1080/10408390701347769
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