Synopisis of research projects
Biomass is an abundant source of chemically diverse biopolymers, which can be used to improve the quality, safety, nutrition, and healthfulness of foods. A recent project in my lab demonstrates biomass-based nanocelluloses can be used to inhibit the ice recrystallization, which is a thermodynamically driven process that adversely affects the quality of frozen foods.
Li, T.; Zhao, Y.; Zhong, Q.; Wu, T., Inhibiting ice recrystallization by nanocelluloses. Biomacromolecules 2019, 20 (4), 1667-1674.
Impact of research
- It will advance our fundamental understanding of how food ingredients influence the ice recrystallization process, which has a positive impact on the frozen food industry.
- Novel applications of these materials can be expected to reduce the waste and its environmental impact and to increase the profits of biomass processing associated with agriculture and forestry.
Graduate students & their accomplishments
Current Ph.D. Student: Teng Li
Lab capabilities – unique equipment/collaborations
Krüss FM40 shape analysis system, Specialty Coating P6700 spin coater, Instec HCS 302 cryostage, Olympus BX51 polarized light microscope