Water Sorption Properties of Extruded Zein Films

Ying Wang, Graciela W. Padua

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Water interactions in extruded zein films were investigated through moisture sorption isotherms. Sorption isotherms of zein products were affected by composition and structure morphology. Zein powder showed moisture sorption hysteresis, which was not observed in extruded samples. Extruded samples held less moisture than zein powder, while films containing oleic acid showed further reduction in moisture uptake. Brunauer, Emmett, and Teller (BET) and Guggenheim, Anderson, and De Boer (GAB) models fitted well the moisture sorption isotherms of zein products. Monolayer values estimated by BET and GAB models were consistent with predictions based on zein structural models. Water vapor permeability (WVP) of zein films was affected by the relative humidity of testing environment. Higher relative humidity resulted in higher WVP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3100-3105
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 19 2004


  • Extrusion
  • Films
  • Moisture sorption Isotherm
  • Water vapor permeability
  • Zein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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