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Drying and Encapsulation of Food Ingredients in Powder Form

Understand the fundamentals of the food drying and food encapsulation process. Learn how to avoid spoilage and reduce waste.

Explore methods for the drying and encapsulation of food

High quality food is typically highly sensitive, especially to oxidation. This kind of food requires specialist treatment to avoid degradation and food spoilage. On this course you will learn about one such treatment: drying and encapsulation.

You will learn the fundamentals of the drying and encapsulation process, exploring different techniques and methods. You will learn how to improve product performance by understanding areas like stability and storage behaviour. You should leave the course able to advise on process and product design and guide decisions for optimum food production.

What topics will you cover?

  • Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer
  • Drying (Spray drying, Fluid bed drying, Air drying, Freeze drying)
  • Encapsulation and Coating (Extrusion, Fluid bed coating, Spray drying)
  • Raw materials (Amorphous state, Crystalline materials, Biopolymers, Proteins)
  • Functional Properties (In use properties, Storage behaviour, Powder properties, Process requirements)

As this course is on an advanced level, it requires prior knowledge in food technology or process engineering.

Educators will facilitate from 18 Feb 2019-17 March 2019

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Improve product performance i.e. stability, storage behaviour
  • Collect relevant data to set-up encapsulation product recipes and processes
  • Apply heat and mass balances to scale up dryer requirements
  • Interpret drying data and characteristic drying curves
  • Evaluate recipes of dry material regarding interactions and storage requirements
  • Compare existing technologies and choose the optimal one for the given task

Who is the course for?

This course is for those working in food production, this includes food scientists and technologists, chemists, and food product developers.

Who will you learn with?

SInce 9 years I am professor of food process engineering. Research interests in my department are powder related and drying. Especially the interaction of process and product is an exciting topic.

Food Engineer / PhD student at University of Hohenheim. PhD thesis on spray drying in the department of process engineering and food powders.

PhD in Food Material Science.
Manager of the Functional Properties Analytical Laboratory within Roquette R&D since 2011.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

University of Hohenheim

Founded in 1818 after devastating famines, the University of Hohenheim is a profile university focusing on research and educational programs in agricultural, natural, social and communication sciences.

ETH Zurich

At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking, researchers a climate which inspires top performance.

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This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
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  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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