Preparation of free-standing films from kafirin protein microparticles: Mechanism of formation and functional properties

Janet Taylor, John R. N. Taylor, Peter S Belton, Amanda Minnaar

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A method of preparing free-standing films using kafirin microparticles made by phase separation from acetic acid is described. Film preparation involved the suspension of the microparticles in acetic acid solution containing plasticizer. On evaporation of the acetic acid, a complete, smooth, flexible, transparent film was formed. A minimum concentration of acid was required to form a cohesive film relative to the concentration of kafirin. This was approximately 10.8:1, percent acetic acid to percent kafirin. Film formation appears to be by controlled aggregation of kafirin microparticles, followed by dissolution of the microparticles in acetic acid and drying into a cohesive film. The functional properties of microparticle films were generally superior to films cast directly from a solution of kafirin, at the same protein content. Kafirin microparticle films were very thin (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6729-6735
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2009

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