May 11, 2010

Midwest Biopolymers & Biocomposites Workshop


Graciela W. Padua

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Microstructure of Zein-based Bioplastics

Zein proteins are capable of self-assembly and form a variety of structural morphologies. Such structures have different physical properties and show varied functionalities. Examples of structures are films, coatings, fibers, and sponges, which may have applications in packaging, biomaterials, and the encapsulation of food, pharmaceutical, and agricultural components.  The present report focuses on the study of microstructure and its ability to predict material performance..

Graciela Padua

Graciela W. Padua

Associate Professor

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

University of Illinois