INSTITUTO DE QUIMICA, FISICA DE LOS MATERIALES, MEDIOAMBIENTE Y ENERGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Correlation between rheological properties and limonene release in pectin gels using an electronic nose.
M.E.MONGE, R.M.NEGRI, D.GIACOMAZZA, D.BULLONE
Año: 2008 vol. 22 p. 916 - 916
Pectin gels at different polymer concentrations were used as matrices for the encapsulation of a volatile flavour (limonene). This provides a useful model system for studying the in.uence of matrix viscoelastic properties on flavour release towards the gel headspace. The electronic nose technique and principal component analysis, a multivariate data analysis, were used for detecting changes in the finngerprint of the released vapour as a function of pectin concentration. Samples with different compositions were also studied by rheological measurements in order to discriminate the effects of polymer concentration on the gelation kinetics from those due to the addition of limonene and the detergent used to dissolve it. The combined approach, rheometryelectronic nose, allows obtaining a direct semi-quantitative correlation between the expected decrease of .avour release intensity and the increasing solid-like character of the matrix due to the trapping effect. In fact, the comparison of the viscoelastic properties for matrixes with and without the .avour, together with direct observation by optical microscopy, suggests that the release modulation is mainly due to interaction of the gelling pectin with the microemulsion of detergent and flavour.