New information following the change in COVID-19 alert levels. massey.ac.nz/coronavirus

Romaric Vincent

Doctor of Philosophy, (Physics)
Study Completed: 2008
College of Sciences

Citation

Thesis Title
Microrheological investigations of biopolymer networks

Read article at Massey Research Online: MRO icon

Mr Vincent used micro-rheological techniques to study the mechanical properties of pectin gels at the micron scale, in order to give essential information on how the pectin chains assemble in networks. Pectin is a ubiquitous biopolymer found in plant cell walls, with a wide range of applications for the food and pharmaceutical industries. In particular, its gelling abilities play an important role in many biological functions. The thesis provides a process to maximize the strength of pectin gels. Further, the understanding of the pectin networks gained from mimicking in-vivo assembly processes also leads to vast applications. These outcomes will not only shed light on the in-vivo control properties of plant cell walls. By using the latest chemical-physics theories, the findings will also allow the design of many new food materials with optimized properties.

Supervisors
Professor Bill Williams
Associate Professor Yacine Hemar

Contact us Mon - Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm 0800 MASSEY (+64 6 350 5701) TXT 5222 contact@massey.ac.nz Web chat Staff Alumni News Māori @ Massey