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Ding Y.,Southwest University | Ding Y.,Laboratory of Quality and oSafety Risk Assessment for Agro products on Storage | Zheng J.,Southwest University | Zheng J.,Laboratory of Quality and oSafety Risk Assessment for Agro products on Storage | And 6 more authors.
LWT - Food Science and Technology | Year: 2016

A new and convenient synthesis route using high-power ultrasonication combined with water-in-oil miniemulsion cross-linking technique was used to prepare cross-linked nanoscale retrograded starch (RS3). A four-factor Box-Behnken design and optimization was used to minimize particle size through the developed nanoscale RS3 based on 29 different experimental data obtained in a batch study. Four independent variables, namely, ultrasonic power (100-500 W), sonication time (40-200 min), starch content (0.5 g/100g-2.5 g/100 g), and oil/water ratio (4:1-12:1), were transformed to coded values, and a quadratic model was established to predict the responses. Variable optimization for minimizing particle size by high-power ultrasonication was performed using the quadratic model. The predicted minimized Z-Ave (611.7 nm) under the optimum conditions of the process variables (ultrasonic power, 231.52 W; sonication time, 85.19 min; starch content, 1.1 g/100 g; and oil/water ratio, 9:1) was very close to the experimental value (606.2 nm) determined in the batch experiment. SEM observation revealed that the surface of the nanoscale RS3 appeared to be progressively broken down and eroded. XRD analysis indicated that ultrasonication destroyed the crystalline structure of the clustered amylopectin and apparently led to amorphous or low-crystallinity RS3 nanoparticles. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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