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Nanotechnology in the Food, Beverage and Nutraceutical Industries by Q Huang

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5

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and related tools for the imaging of foods and beverages on the nanoscale

V.J. Morris,     Institute of Food Research, UK

Abstract:

This chapter discusses the use of atomic force microscopy, atomic force spectroscopy and optical tweezers as tools for probing the nanostructures of foods and the molecular origins of the functional properties of foods and beverages. Emphasis is given to the uses of these techniques that have led to new insights in food science and to potential new applications in the near future.

Key words

atomic force microscopy

atomic force spectroscopy

optical tweezers

food structure

food nanostructure

gels

foams

emulsions and dispersions

5.1 Introduction

The development of probe microscopes, ...

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