Simple and complex coacervation in systems involving plant proteins

Nirzar Doshi, Wei Guo, Feipeng Chen, Paul Venema, Ho Cheung Shum, Renko de Vries*, Xiufeng Li*

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Abstract

Plant-based foods are gaining popularity as alternatives to meat and dairy products due to sustainability and health concerns. As a consequence, there is a renewed interest in the phase behaviour of plant proteins and of mixtures of plant proteins and polysaccharides, in particular in the cases where coacervation is found to occur, i.e., liquid–liquid phase separation (LLPS) into two phases, one of which is rich in biopolymers and one of which is poor in biopolymer. Here we review recent research into both simple and complex coacervation in systems involving plant proteins, and their applications in food- as well as other technologies, such as microencapsulation, microgel production, adhesives, biopolymer films, and more.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1966-1977
JournalSoft Matter
Volume20
Issue number9
Early online date1 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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