Making plant-based meat without extrusion
Dr. McClements is developing an innovative structural design approach for creating plant-based meat with fibrous texture.
PRODUCTION PLATFORM: Plant-based
TECHNOLOGY SECTOR: End product formulation and manufacturing
This project develops an innovative approach to creating fiber-like structures from plant-based proteins based on controlled phase separation, shearing, and gelation. It also establishes structure-function relationships between food composition and microstructure and food quality attributes.
This work will improve the texture of plant-based meat and advance our technological ability to create meat-like fibers without extrusion.
Dr. David Julian McClements
Distinguished Professor, Fergus Clydesdale Endowed Chair, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, USA
Dr. McClements leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers focused on taste physiology and sensory science, gut health, food processing, and plant-based meat product development. His research focuses on food architecture and the application of soft matter physics to improve food safety, nutrition, and quality.
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Dr. McClements’ seminar presentation
Watch Dr. McClements present in our Science of Alt Protein seminar series.