2002 Belfort Lecture

Influence of Polysaccharide Composition on the Structure and Properties of Cellulose-based Composites.

Lecturer: Michael J. Gidley | May 1, 2002

The Belfort Lecture was given by Dr. Michael J. Gidley Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at the WCCR Belfort Lecture and Technical Conference held at Purdue University. The title of his presentation was "Influence of Polysaccharide Composition on the Structure and Properties of Cellulose-based Composites".

Dr. Gidley is Group Leader, Plant-based Foods and Ingredients for Unilever Research, Bedford, UK. In that capacity he directs the research of 13 postdoctoral associates and 14 graduate students studying plant material processing from a materials science perspective, searching for and sourcing functional ingredients from plants, and selecting raw materials and processes to impart desired food properties.

Mike Gidley earned a B.Sc. degree in chemistry from Imperial College, University of London and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Cambridge (1981). He was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Carbohydrate Group Medal in 1990.

He has also led Unilever Research efforts in structure-function relationships of starches and hydrocolloids, enzymic modification of polysaccharides, starch modification, polysaccharide biosynthesis and its genetic control, and molecular and cellular origins of plant material properties.

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