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We investigated the features of the glass transition relaxation of two room temperature ionic liquids using DSC. An important observation was that the heat capacity jump, that is the signature of the glass transition relaxation, shows a particularly strong value in this type of new and promising materials, candidates for a range of applications. This suggests a high degree of molecular mobility in the supercooled liquid state. The study of the influence of the heating rate on the temperature location of the glass transition signal, allowed the determination of the activation energy at the glass transition temperature, and the calculation of the fragility index of these two ionic glass-formers. It was concluded that this kind of materials belong to the class of relatively strong glass-forming systems.

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Acta Alimentaria
Authors: L. Hernández Rodríguez, D. Afonso Morales, E.M. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, and C. Díaz Romero

Proximate composition was determined in 19 wheat cultivars from the Canary Islands in order to establish differences between them and contribute to their characterization. All parameters analysed showed significant differences between cultivars; and also many parameters were affected by the species and subspecies of wheat. Triticum aestivum had higher mean moisture, protein, and fibre and lower mean starch, sucrose, and amylose concentrations than Triticum turgidum. Low starch content and high fibre content could be due to the transformation of starch into resistant starch during desiccation process. An important contribution of complex carbohydrates, including fibre as well as protein and phenolic compounds, was observed for the consumption of wheat.

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Acta Alimentaria
Authors: L. Silva, G. Maia, P. Sousa, R. Figueiredo, M. Afonso, M. Gonzaga, C. Gomes, and E. Figueiredo

The purpose of this experiment was to evaluate the effect of heat treatment on the rheological properties of mixed nectars, based on cashew apple, mango, and acerola pulps. Ten different formulations with different mass fractions of cashew apple, mango, and acerola pulps were prepared using a simplex centroid design [with a total of 35% (w/w) pulp] and submitted to heat treatment at 90 °C for 1 min. Samples were collected before and after heat treatment and characterization of their rheological properties was carried out. The rheological behaviour was obtained at 25 °C, with shear rate ranging from 108 to 500 s−1 (upward curve) and from 500 to 108 s−1 (downward curve) for 1 min with 25 readings for each curve. The Ostwald de Waele model showed to be a good fit for all formulations studied, which showed a non-Newtonian behaviour and a pseudoplastic character. Results of apparent viscosity for the non-heated formulations were well fitted by the linear model and the heat treated formulations by the cubic model. The heat treated formulations had higher (P<0.05) values of consistency index and apparent viscosity, as well as lower (P<0.05) values of flow behaviour index compared to non-heated formulations. The rheological characterization of these formulations is a very useful tool during product development and processing control of mixed nectars of fruit juice.

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