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Food Microstructures

Microscopy, Measurement and Modelling

The development of high-quality foods with desirable properties for both consumers and the food industry requires a comprehensive understanding of food systems and the control and rational design of food microstructures. Food microstructures reviews best practice and new developments in the determination of food microstructure.

After a general introduction, chapters in part one review the principles and applications of various spectroscopy, tomography and microscopy techniques for revealing food microstructure, including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methods, environmental scanning electron, probe, photonic force, acoustic, light, confocal and infrared microscopies. Part two explores the measurement, analysis and modelling of food microstructures. Chapters focus on rheology, tribology and methods for modelling and simulating the molecular, cellular and granular microstructure of foods, and for developing relationships between microstructure and mechanical and rheological properties of food structures. The book concludes with a useful case study on electron microscopy.

Written by leading professionals and academics in the field, Food microstructures is an essential reference work for researchers and professionals in the processed foods and nutraceutical industries concerned with complex structures, the delivery and controlled release of nutrients, and the generation of improved foods. The book will also be of value to academics working in food science and the emerging field of soft matter.

Hardbound, 480 Pages

Published: October 2013

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-85709-525-1

Contents

  • Part 1 Microstructure and microscopy: Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM): principles and applications to food microstructures; Probe microscopy and photonic force microscopy: Principles and applications to food microstructures; Light microscopy: Principles and applications to food microstructures; Confocal microscopy: Principles and applications to food microstructures; Optical coherence tomography (OCT), space-resolved reflectance spectroscopy (SRS) and time-resolved reflectance spectroscopy (TRS): Principles and applications to food microstructures; Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman microscopy: Principles and applications to food microstructures; Ultrasonic and acoustic microscopy: Principles and applications to food microstructures; Using magnetic resonance to explore food microstructures; X-ray micro-computed tomography for resolving food microstructures. Part 2 Measurement, analysis and modelling of food microstructures: Food microstructure and rheology; Tribology measurement and analysis: Applications to food microstructures; Methods for modelling food cellular structures and the relationship between microstructure and mechanical and rheological properties; Granular and jammed food materials; Modelling and computer simulation of food structures; Appendix: Electron microscopy: Principles and applications to food microstructures.

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