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Chemical Properties of Starch

Martins Emeje

National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development


Botanical source structure and reactivity composition and function Amylose Amylopectin thermal properties rheology of starch food industry starch chemistry and technology pharmaceutical industry

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Chemically, starch is a carbohydrate polymer consisting of two inherently incompatible molecules: amylose and amylopectin. It is used in a variety of industries including food, textiles, cosmetics, plastics, adhesives, paper, and pharmaceuticals. Starch has also gained attention as a biodegradable plastic for the production of disposable items. Reports on the use of starch for personal care and cosmetic purposes date back to the seventeenth century. Although, starch is generally considered as “inert”, the controversy over its “inertness” rages due to its chemical properties and attendant reactivity. Some have argued that, starch has even moved from its traditional role as food to being an indispensable medicine. To continually consider starch as an ordinary “inert” excipient therefore, is to be oblivious of the influence this important biopolymer plays in various fields of human endeavor; roles which are directly or indirectly related to its chemical properties. Starch is also very sensitive to acid attack, and this is equally attributed to its chemical properties. The chemical properties of starch as conferred by the presence, amount and/or quality of amylose and amylopectin molecules, granule structure, and the natures and amounts of the lipid and protein molecules vary with the botanical source of the starch. Therefore, what has been discovered about the structural features of one type of starch does not necessarily apply to other types of starch. Although starch is generally regarded as safe, some scientists have questioned its safety especially when modified to submicron levels. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the chemical properties of starch and current perspectives, arguments and evidential or scientific proof of the role of starch in various fields as defined by its chemical properties. 

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Martins Emeje

National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Professor Martins Emeje holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy with distinction from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was immediately hired by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development. He subsequently obtained a Master of Pharmacy and PhD from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he received the best PhD award.  He established an interdisciplinary group on nanotechnology at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and was the pioneer head of the intellectual property and technology transfer as well as the technology innovation and support centre.  Prof. Emeje’s several international fellowships include the prestigious Raman fellowship. He has published over 100 primary scientific articles and patents.  Prof. Emeje is also the head of the Advanced Biology & Chemistry as well as the institute’s Drug Manufacturing Unit. He was Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology & Raw Materials Development and holds the position of visiting Professor at the University of Uyo and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.  Prof. Emeje who holds a postgraduate certificate in project management from Walden University, also holds a professional teaching certificate, World Bank certification in public procurement

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