Industrial Applications of Cyclodextrins

  • Qian WangEmail author
Living reference work entry


Possessing a cage-like supramolecular structure with hydrophilic outside and hydrophobic inside, cyclodextrins (CDs) could accommodate various organic or inorganic compounds in their cavities and, therefore, have very important applications in foods, pharmaceutical, daily chemicals, environmental protection, and so on, playing the roles as quality improvers, stabilizers, adsorbents, or drug carriers. Unwittingly, everyone uses CDs in their daily life as invisible constituents of common food products as well as in numerous cosmetic and toiletry goods and textiles and as enabling excipients in various medical products. This chapter will disclose the broad industrial applications of CDs at present. The various applications of CDs in foods and food packaging will be recounted in the first section. The second part will be devoted to the pharmaceutical applications of CDs, and the applications of CDs in daily chemicals such as cosmetics and textile will be briefly summarized as the third section at the end of this chapter.





Methylated β-CD


Randomly methylated β-CD


Sulfobutylether β-CD




Heptakis (2,6-di-O-methyl)-β-CD




Polyunsaturated fatty acid



We thank Scientific Research Foundation of Tianjin Municipal Education Commission (160021) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biotechnology and Food ScienceTianjin University of CommerceTianjinChina

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