Microfluidics in Food Industry: Food Testing & Agriculture
What are the advantages of Microfluidics in Food Industry? The rapidly growing global population demands more advanced technologies in food processing to produce more functional and safer food.
In foods, the most common application of microfluidic systems is in the preparation of emulsions. These provide accurate control over droplet size and the shape of internal structures.
Microfludics for Food analysis
Food safety analysis is important to control food contamination and quality. It is needed to construct effective methods for fast and accurate food safety sensing on-site. .
Microfluidics to recognize fake honey
Doing PhD with Fluigent 2021: Research on Honey by Daniel Kraus [Jena, Germany]
One example of using Microfluidics in Food Industry:
One of our PhD students Daniel is doing his postgraduate research on honey at the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology. Using the microfluidic set-up, including microfluidic chip and Fluigent pressure pumps, Daniel can examine the pollens to find out whether the origin of honey is natural or faked.
The high-throughput microfluidic technique enables honey particles to pass with the same velocity through the microfluidic channel, which makes for a better more efficient analysis that goes beyond the state of the art.
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From the life sciences to the food industry, many applications require the use of fluids driven at flow rates from nanoliters to milliliters per minute. At such low flows, the success of these applications strongly depends on the level of control and automation of the fluidic operations.
These applications require flow control systems that are adapted for ensuring their success.
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