Pedro E D Augusto

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The present work aimed to describe the mechanisms involved in the enhancement of the drying and rehydration process of carrot slices caused by the pre-treatment using the ultrasound technology. For that, carrot slices of 4mm of thickness were pre-treated for 30 and 60min using an ultrasonic bath (41W/L; 25kHz). The convective drying process was performed at(More)
High pressure homogenization (HPH) has been proposed as a promising method for changing the activity and stability of enzymes. Therefore, this research studied the activity of β-galactosidase before and after HPH. The enzyme solution at pH values of 6.4, 7.0, and 8.0 was processed at pressures of up to 150 MPa, and the effects of HPH were determined from(More)
The water activity (Aw) reduction technique is widely used to preserve different food products, which are further rehydrated in order to be processed or consumed. The food hydration is time-consuming and, thus, a limiting unit operation during process. Therefore, there is an ongoing need to enhance the mass transfer phenomena during processing. The(More)
The aim of this work was to demonstrate how ultrasound mechanisms (direct and indirect effects) improve the mass transfer phenomena in food processing, and which part of the process they are more effective in. Two model cases were evaluated: the hydration of sorghum grain (with two water activities) and the influx of a pigment into melon cylinders.(More)
The ultrasound technology was successfully used to improve the mass transfer processes on food. However, the study of this technology on the grain hydration and on its main components properties was still not appropriately described. This work studied the application of the ultrasound technology on the hydration process of mung beans (Vigna radiata). This(More)
Green coconut water has unique nutritional and sensorial qualities. Despite the different technologies already studied, its enzymatic stability is still challenging. This study evaluated the use of ultrasound technology (US) for inactivating/sensitizing coconut water peroxidase (POD). The effect of both US application alone and as a pre-treatment to thermal(More)
Thermosonication is an emerging technology useful for inactivating microorganisms and enzymes in fruit juices. However, the effect of the ultrasound processing on the ascorbic acid content is not clear and the results reported in the literature are contradictory. In this work, the impact of sonication and thermosonication on the ascorbic acid content was(More)
Biological materials are characterized by complex structures and compositions, leading to viscoelastic behavior. Their viscoelastic characterization is important for the evaluation, design, and optimization of processes to ensure high quality products. Proposals of methodologies of analysis and modeling are critical steps in studying the rheological(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the reduction on the levels of the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) in whole wheat flour (WWF) with different moisture levels, on the wet milling effluent through ozone (O3) processing, as well as the impact of ozonation on the rheological properties of flour. The results have shown that the reduction of DON was(More)
The mathematical modelling of the behaviour of microbial growth is widely desired in order to control, predict and design food and bioproduct processing, stability and safety. This work develops and proposes a new semi-empirical mathematical model, based on an autocatalytic kinetic, to describe the microbial growth through its biomass concentration. The(More)