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Phase Transitions in Foods - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125953405, 9780080538730

Phase Transitions in Foods

1st Edition

Series Editor: Steve Taylor
Authors: Yrjö Roos Yrjo H Roos
Hardcover ISBN: 9780125953405
eBook ISBN: 9780080538730
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd June 1995
Page Count: 360
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Assembling recent research and theories, this book describes the phase and state transitions that affect technological properties of biological materials occurring in food processing and storage. It covers the role of water as a plasticizer, the effect of transitions on mechanical and chemical changes, and the application of modeling in predicting stability rates of changes. The volume presents methods for detecting changes in the physical state and various techniques used to analyze phase behavior of biopolymers and food components. This book should become a valuable resource for anyone involved with food engineering, processing, storage, and quality, as well as those working on related properties of pharmaceuticals and other biopolymers.

Key Features

  • Contains descriptions of nonfat food solids as"biopolymers"which exhibit physical properties that are highly dependent on temperature, time, and water content
  • Details the effects of water on the state and stability of foods
  • Includes information on changes occuring in state and physicochemical properties during processing and storage
  • The only book on phase and state transitions written specifically for the applications in food industry, product development, and research
  • No recent competition


Industrial researchers directly involved with food processing and product development, food science researchers and food science students (food engineering and food chemistry). Also of interest to agricultural and chemical engineers

Table of Contents

Introduction to Phase Transitions
Physical State and Molecular Mobility
Water and Phase Transitions
Food Components and Polymers
Prediction of the Physical State
Time-Dependent Phenomena
Mechanical Properties
Reaction Kinetics
Food Processing and Storage


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About the Series Editor

Steve Taylor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA

About the Authors

Yrjö Roos

Prof. Roos is associated with the University College Cork, Ireland. His teaching and research activities involve food materials science including glass transition. More specifically, his main research interests include crystallization, freezing, dehydration, encapsulation, reaction kinetics, state transitions and water relations of food and biological materials. He is a known authority in developing and applying glass transition concept in various food systems. He has authored one book Phase transitions in foods and two co-edited books. He has published more than 200 papers including book chapters which are cited close to 8000 times (2014). Prof Roos has appeared on as a highly cited scientist in the field of Agricultural Sciences. He is President (2013-) and an elected member of the Central Committee of International Symposium of Water in Foods (ISOPOW) and member of several international scientific organizations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Food & Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland

Yrjo H Roos

Yrjo¨ H. Roos is Professor of Food Technology and Head of School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College, Cork, Ireland. He holds MSc and PhD from University of Helsinki. He has extensive experience from appointments in the Dairy Industry and universities in the USA, Finland and Ireland. His research in Food Science and Engineering covers Physical Chemistry of Foods and Food Materials Science, particularly Phase and State Transitions in Food Processing and Storage.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Food Technology and Head of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at University College, Cork, Ireland


"Collates a wealth of information that constitutes a reference source not only for food technologists and engineers but also, and perhaps more importantly, for proteins chemists, microbiologists, enzymologists, and the like, although they may not realize it without a careful reading...The book is the first to draw together salient information on phase and state transitions and the consequences of those transitions on the mechanical and physicochemical properties of foods, polymers, and some biological materials. As such, the book will become an essential reference text." --JOURNAL OF FOOD COMPOSITION AND ANALYSIS

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