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  • Kazerani Garcia, Afsane Aurora (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    Non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and erosive, unsustainable industrial fat-production methods pose two of the biggest threats to human health in great part of our planet. CVDs and obesity have been linked to diets high in fat and low in dietary fibre, pushing food manufacturers to adapt to more sustainable ingredients. For this reason, this research developed and researched about a new and sustainable plant-based oleogel intended to act as a substitute for saturated and hydrogenated fats. Its characterization was conducted through several techniques, including optical and field emission electron scanning microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy, and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. The results showed that the build-up of the formation of the new oleogel was possible, while ensuring that both processing requirements and ingredients are readily available at food manufacturing plants, globally. These findings pose a great opportunity for plant-based fat-replacement formulations, through a sustainable approach. Considering previous studies, this novel system could potentially help in reducing the burden of obesity and CVDs, turning it into a functional food component. Further research on food applications and digestibility models could give more insight on the future applications of this fat-replacement system.
  • Jain, Monika; Yadav, Mithilesh; Kohout, Tomas; Lahtinen, Manu; Garg, Vinod Kumar; Sillanpää, Mika (2018)
    Iron oxide (Fe3O4) and iron oxide/activated carbon (Fe3O4/AC) were fabricated by co-precipitation method for the removal of Cr(VI), Cu(II) and Cd(II) ions from aqueous solution in batch mode. These nanoparticles were characterized by BET, FTIR, XRD, SEM/TEM and VSM. The optimum conditions for the removal of ions were pH = 2 for Cr(VI) and 6 for Cu(II) and Cd (II), initial metal ion concentration = 50 mg L-1, nanoparticle dose = 50 mg/10 mL, temperature = 25 +/- 1 degrees C, shaking speed = 180 rpm and contact time = 3 h. The equilibrium data of ions sorption were well described by Langmuir, Freundlich, Redlich-Peterson and Intraparticle Diffusion model. The R-2 values obtained by Langmuir model were highest by Fe3O4/AC for Cr(VI) = 0.9994, Cu(II) = 0.9998 and Cd(II) = 0.9750. The temperature dependent study in the range of 288-328 K confirmed that the adsorption process was endothermic in nature. Desorption studies with 0.1M HCl stated that these nanoparticles can be regenerated effectively and can be used after four adsorption-desorption cycles without any mass loss.
  • Hendrik, Nathaniel James (Helsingin yliopisto, 2017)
    Cocoa butter (CB) is the predominant continuous phase in chocolate systems and has a significant impact on the macroscopic properties of the end product. Conventional methods such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance (pNMR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and polarized light microscopy (PLM) have been used to study CB crystallization primarily in bulk. Potential of alternative techniques to study crystallization such as Raman spectroscopy and Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) has been explored. The main objective of this thesis research was to study the feasibility of both conventional and alternative techniques to study CB crystallization in different matrices and in tempered conditions. Bulk fat (CB with 1%, 5% or without lecithin), suspensions (CB with 1% lecithin (on fat basis) and sucrose or inulin) and chocolates were sampled as such (non-tempered systems) subjected to a laboratory scale tempering procedure to produce tempered systems. Both non-tempered and tempered products were subjected to DSC, NMR, XRD, PLM, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR and diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS), in which primary crystallization was monitored or long-term storage was assessed. A toolbox was developed comprising feasibility of complementary techniques and, moreover, the toolbox was used to study the effect of lecithin and bulking materials on the CB crystallization behavior. The tempering procedure was successfully validated for every sample, as proven by the melting profile at 6 hours through DSC. The determination of the solid fat content (SFC) from the raw free induction decay signal by NMR showed to be more useful than the scripted SFC, especially for bulk fat systems. XRD showed its feasibility to study fat polymorphism for both bulk matrices and suspensions, except when sucrose is present, due to its interference in short spacings. PLM could only be used for non-tempered bulk fat systems since in other systems sample preparation cannot be standardized to measure crystallinity. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy seemed to be useful complementary techniques and capable of differentiating polymorphic forms, as is also possible using XRD. DWS showed to be comparable with DSC with an additional improved deconvolution of crystallization peaks. This study resulted in a feasibility toolbox and was used to study the effect of lecithin concentration and bulking materials, where the addition of 1% lecithin concentration in bulk fat and usage of inulin in model suspensions improves the crystallization of the CB matrix.