Microencapsulation in Food Chemistry

Document Type : Review Paper


1 Centre Tecnològic de la Química de Catalunya, Carrer de Marcellí Domingo

2 1Centre Tecnològic de la Química de Catalunya, Carrer de Marcel•lí Domingo, 43007 Tarragona, Spain 2Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Departament d’Enginyeria Quimica, Av. Paisos Catalans, 26, 43007 Tarragona, Spain

3 Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Departament d’Enginyeria Quimica, Av. Paisos Catalans, 26, 43007 Tarragona, Spain

4 Institute of Chemical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

5 Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89b, 61-614, Poznan, Poland


Encapsulation, invented in 1953 by B.K. Green & L. Schleicher employed in the laboratories of the National Cash Register Company, Dayton, USA, is defned as a technology of packaging solids, liquids, or gaseous materials in miniature, sealed capsules that can release their contents at controlled rates under specifc conditions. Encapsulation involves the incorporation of food ingredients, enzymes, cells, or other materials in small capsules. Microcapsules offer food processors a means to protect sensitive food components, ensure against nutritional loss, utilize otherwise sensitive ingredients, incorporate unusual or time-release mechanisms into the formulation, mask or preserve flavors and aromas, and transform liquids into easily handled solid ingredients. Various techniques are employed to form microcapsules, including: spray drying, extrusion coating, fluidized-bed coating, coacervation, layer-by-layer, and interfacial polymerization method. Recent developments in each of these techniques are discussed in this review, comprehensively.

Graphical Abstract

Microencapsulation in Food Chemistry


-Developments in microencapsulation technologies

-Microencapsulation in food chemistry

-Microencapsulation methods explanation


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Volume 3, Issue 4
October 2017
Pages 265-271
  • Receive Date: 24 November 2016
  • Revise Date: 13 January 2017
  • Accept Date: 13 January 2017
  • First Publish Date: 01 October 2017