Rheological properties of a polysaccharide isolated from Adansonia digitata leaves

Williams, Peter A and Nwokocha, Louis M (0011) Rheological properties of a polysaccharide isolated from Adansonia digitata leaves. Food Hydrocolloids, 58. pp. 29-34. ISSN 0268-005X

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The rheological properties of Adansonia digitata leaf polysaccharide were studied in dilute and semi-dilute solutions. The intrinsic viscosity of the polysaccharide obtained by Fedors equation and the combined Huggins and Kraemer extrapolations was ∼3.27 dL/g. The polysaccharide contained random coil macromolecules with mass average molecular mass of 4.01 × 106 g/mol. The polysaccharide in semi-dilute concentrations exhibited strong shear thinning property, and viscoelastic behaviour was observed with solutions within (3–5% (w/w)) consistent with the formation of entangled random coil macromolecules in solution. The polysaccharide solutions were sensitive to temperature and the minimum energy to initiate flow in 4.0% polysaccharide solution calculated from Arrhenius plot of zero shear viscosity as a function of temperature was 48.6 kJ/mol. The FTIR spectral studies of the polysaccharide confirmed the presence of uronic acid groups.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adansonia digitata polysaccharide, Molecular mass, Rheological properties, Activation energy of flow
Depositing User: Hayley Dennis
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 14:02
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 14:15
URI: https://glyndwr.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17431

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