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Nanotechnology for agriculture, food, and water
11 December 2019
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What can we expect from nanotechnology?
Better production of food
Better use of raw materials
Facilitation alternative raw materials
Longer shelf-life food products
Relation between food composition and health
From farm to fork and more!
The farm / production of food
Get more out of less!
LandbouwMechanisatie, maart 2014
● Quality of soil / growth medium
● Precise dosing of nutrients
● Control over storage conditions
Food as we know it currently
What we don’t realise
Membrane separation / filtration
Better use of: raw materials energy water
R e la
ti v e f
u e n
Particle diameter (micron)
Functionality of ingredients
Alternative protein sources
But how functional are they?
Tests based on
Stability of oil droplets / emulsions
Combination of micro- and nanotechnology
Krebs et al (2012) Lab on a Chip, 12(6), 1060-1070
Screening and analysis at very short time scales (sub miliseconds)!
Sensor technology: energy, water, functionality, tracking en tracing
Production of food
Nanotechnology and food
(Bio)sensors and diagnostics
Process innovation (sensors)
Encapsulation (controlled release)
Packaging (depending on
Communication is of essence!
But there is more: induce satiety in humans
Digestion of oil droplets
Marze, Algaba, Marquis (2014). Food and
Function, 5(7), 1481–1488.
The interface is not
strong enough to resist
New approach: Encapsulate oil in gel beads
Corstens et al, Journal of Functional
Foods (2017) 34, 319-328.
Created distance between oil and
digestive components using nanoscale
in the lab
extensive digestive models
Humans ate significantly less!
But it started at micro- and nanoscale!
Development of organs on chip is rapid
From technical to digestive
Design of products targeted at
To even physiological effects?
Sosa-Hernández et al. (2018). Organs-on-a-
chip module: A review. Micromachines, 9(10).
Would help consumers to eat
and food: a new
perspective on a
Thank you for your attention!