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Complex coacervation: principles, mechanisms and applications in microencapsulation

journal contribution
posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Yakindra Timilsena, Taiwo Akanbi, Nauman Khalid, Benu Adhikari, Colin BarrowColin Barrow
Complex coacervation is a highly promising microencapsulation technique that is extensively employed in pharmaceutical, food, agriculture and textile industries. The process involves the interaction of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in aqueous form. High payload and high encapsulation efficiency (up to 99%), relatively lower cost of processing, ability to use food-grade shell materials and synthesis at ambient temperature makes coacervation an appropriate choice in food and agrochemical industries. Various works have been documented using different polymer systems and core-shell combinations. This review paper intends to summarize some of the recent advances in complex coacervation for use in the food and agriculture areas. Current status and future trends of plant proteins utilization for complex coacervation have been reviewed. It is expected that this review will be a useful resource for material scientists, food technologists and food engineers.

History

Journal

International journal of biological macromolecules

Volume

121

Pagination

1276 - 1286

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

eISSN

1879-0003

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Elsevier B.V.