Division of Food Sciences - School of Biosciences - University of Nottingham, UK

Description of Division of Food Sciences

The Division of Food Sciences is part of the University of Nottingham. The University has over 30,000 students and an annual research income in excess of 140M. In addition to several campuses in or close to the city of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, it also has campuses in Malaysia and China. The Division of Food Sciences is located on the Universitys Sutton Bonington Campus which is about 18km south of Nottingham. The Division has 16 academic staff and typically fifty research workers at the doctoral and postdoctoral level.

Description of the polysaccharide research activities

Although work on polysaccharides is also carried out in other parts of the University e.g. the School of Pharmacy there is a major focus on this topic in the Food Structure Research Group and the National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics (NCMH) in the Division of Food Sciences. Major interests include the structure and properties of starch, viscosity and gelation of non-starch polysaccharides such as xanthan, carrageenan, alginate, gellan and pectin, extrusion of polysaccharides, the dynamics of the amorphous phase at low water contents and the behaviour of polysaccharides taken as food or in drug delivery systems within the body. The NCMH has a major interest in the use of hydrodynamic techniques to determine molecular size and shape of polysaccharides in dilute solution.

Main pieces of equipments

XRD; DSC (DSC 7, Pyris Diamond, Microcalorimeter); FTIR; gpc/MALLS; fff/MALLS; NMR (low resolution, solid state, imaging); DMTA; Rotational and Capillary Rheometers; Dynamic Vapour Sorption; Ultracentrifuges; Twin screw extruder; Phase Transition Analyser; Surface Charge Analyser; Texture Analysers.


John R Mitchell

Email: john.mitchell@nottingham.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)115 9516146 Fax: +44 (0)115 9516142

Address: Division of Food Sciences School of Biosciences University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington Campus Loughborough Leics LE12 5RD UK

Website: www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/foodsci