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Physical Chemistry of Foods

1st Edition

By Pieter Walstra

CRC Press

832 pages

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Hardback: 9780824793555
pub: 2002-10-08
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Exploring the structure and physical and chemical properties of solutions, dispersions, soft solids, fats, and cellular systems, Physical Chemistry of Foods describes the physiochemical principles of the reactions and conversions that occur during the manufacture, handling, and storage of foods. Coverage progresses from aspects of thermodynamics, bonds and interaction forces, and reaction kinetics, to transport phenomena, polymers, colloidal interactions, nucleation, glass transitions and freezing, and soft solids. This comprehensive volume effectively clarifies the physicochemical processes encountered in food product development.


"[T]his book offers the reader a detailed and comprehensive treatment of the physical chemistry of foods. The book is not simply a rehash of physical chemistry principles … . Rather each chapter treats concepts as they directly relate to food and tackles, head-on, the complexity and non-ideal behaviour encountered in food systems. This is the unique feather of this book … . … It is well structured, comprehensive and complete. … Speaking as a research scientists, I have already found this book an invaluable reference source and have confidence that it will become well thumbed over for years to come. "

- Food Chemistry

"[This book] can be used as a basis for a course for food science undergraduates, but also overlaps somewhat into the field of postgraduate studies. Indeed, it is really a reference book covering a large number of different subjects inside physical chemistry which are otherwise to be found scattered in individual specialist volumes. As such, this is really quite a handy reference work for a pharmaceutical scientist working either in industry or commencing a research project. … With admirable clarity Walstra describes quite complex physical-chemical events and makes them clearly understandable. … This is a really admirable book … ."

- European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, Vol. 57, Issue 2, March 2004

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Table of Contents


Aspects of Thermodynamics

Bonds and Interaction Forces

Reaction Kinetics

Transport Phenomena



Water Relations

Dispersed Systems

Surface Phenomena

Formation of Emulsions and Foams

Colloidal Interactions

Changes in Dispersity



Glass Transitions And Freezing

Soft Solids

APPENDIX A: Frequently Used Symbols for Physical Quantities

APPENDIX B: Some Frequently Used Abbreviations

APPENDIX C: Some Mathematical Symbols

APPENDIX D: SI Rules for Notation

APPENDIX E: The SI Units System

APPENDIX F: Some Conversion Factors

APPENDIX G: Recalculation of Concentrations

APPENDIX H: Physical Properties of Water at 0-100°C

APPENDIX I: Thermodynamic and Physical Properties of Water and Ice

APPENDIX J: Some Values of the Error Function


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Food Science and Technology

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