Starch is one of the major polysaccharides employed as biopolymers by the food industry, and its wide range of applications has resulted in intense research of starch structure and technology. Written by an outstanding multidisciplinary team with complementary expertise in both academia and industry, Starches: Characterization, Properties, and Applications takes an innovative approach to the trends of starch production.
The book provides an up-to-date overview of starch applications in the food, textiles, pharmaceuticals, chemical, agricultural, and plastic industries when used as a substitute for synthetic polymers. Starch nanocomposites properties and starch-based blends biodegradability are also discussed. The book covers the recent advances made in starch characterization using techniques such as atomic force microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance. It discusses the main modified starches applications and enzymes used on starch industry. It also addresses starch characterization at the granular, macromolecular, and rheological levels.
Under the editorial guidance of renowned food scientist, Andréa Curiacos Bertolini, this book to address starch characterization, applications and biodegradation of starch blends, making it an ideal resource for researchers and product developers interested in starch characterization, nanocomposites, and biopolymer degradation.
Table of Contents
Trends in Starch Applications, Andréa C. Bertolini
Characterization of Starch Granules: An Atomic Force Microscopy Approach, Renata Antoun Simão and Beatriz Rosana Cordenunsi
Starch Macromolecular Structure, Luis Arturo Bello-Perez, Sandra Leticia Rodriguez-Ambriz, Mirna Maria Sanchez-Rivera, and Edith Agama-Acevedo
Solid-State NMR Applied to Starch Evaluation, Maria Inês Bruno Tavares
Thermal Transitions of Starches, Paul Colonna and Alain Buleon
Starch-Based Plastics, Rossana Mara da Silva Moreira Thiré
Trends in Microbial Amylases, Marcia Nitschke
Modified Starch: Chemistry and Properties, Kerry C. Huber and James N. BeMiller
Starch-Based Nanocomposites, Alain Dufresne, Eliton S. Medeiros, and William J. Orts
Biodegradation of Starch Blends, Derval dos Santos Rosa and Cristina das Graças Fassina Guedes
Andréa Curiacos Bertolini is involved in scientific research on starch and biopolymers. She has a PhD in food science from the Université de Nantes in France, where she worked with a concentration on starch chemistry at the Institute Nationale de Recherche Agronomique (INRA) in partnership with the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD). As an invited researcher, she worked at the Fonterra Research Centre in New Zealand and at the University of Idaho in the United States on Modified Starches and Starch Rheology. At present she is a food scientist at the Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA–Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Brazil). Her interests include biopolymers with an emphasis on starch characterization, modified starches, and starch as an ingredient in food and nonfood products.