SBIR Phase II: Nano- and Micro-Encapsulation of Food Additives
Micro- and nano-encapsulation (one nanometer = 0.000000001 meter) of food additives is an active R&D area. The release characteristics and protective properties of the encapsulant need to be tailored to specific industrial needs on a case-by-case basis. Nanotechnoly strategies as the one proposed in this study, have the potential to fulfill these industrial needs. The development of new strategies for controlled and timed release of nutraceuticals is the main purpose of this research effort. In an ever-increasing health conscious population, nutraceuticals are appealing additives for food products with an apparent health benefit. These substances are often added in very small amounts, and need to be delivered in a specific way (e.g., in a certain place along the digestive tract). Our research will address these issues.
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