Starch Nanoparticles and Nanocrystals as Bioactive Molecule Carriers

  • Cristian C. VillaEmail author
  • Leidy T. Sanchez
  • N. David Rodriguez-Marin


Starch nanoparticles and nanocrystals are small materials with high surface-to-volume ratio, which allows them to pass through biological barriers and encapsulate different types of bioactive molecules. Due to their biocompability, wide array of natural sources and its ease modification through physical, chemical and enzymatic methods, starch nanomaterials have generated a great interest in the food, agricultural, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. In recent year, research into nanoencapsulation of bioactive molecules in starch nanomaterials and their application in different agri-food fields has grown substantially. The objective of this chapter was to review and analyze the different advances in this research area.





The authors would like to thank the Vicerrectoria de Investigaciones, Facultad de Ciencias Basicas y Tecnologias, Programa de Química and Programa de Ingeniería de Alimentos from Universidad del Quindio, for their support.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristian C. Villa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Leidy T. Sanchez
    • 2
  • N. David Rodriguez-Marin
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemistry Department, Faculty of Basic Sciences and TechnologyQuindío UniversityArmeniaColombia
  2. 2.Food Engineering Department, Faculty of Agroindustrial SciencesQuindío UniversityArmeniaColombia

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