8. Preparation of Starch Nanoparticles

  1. Alain Dufresne1,
  2. Sabu Thomas2 and
  3. Laly A. Pothen3
  1. Déborah Le Corre and
  2. Alain Dufresne

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118609958.ch8

Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications

Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications

How to Cite

Le Corre, D. and Dufresne, A. (2013) Preparation of Starch Nanoparticles, in Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications (eds A. Dufresne, S. Thomas and L. A. Pothen), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118609958.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), The International School of Paper, Print Media, and Biomaterials (Pagora), Saint Martin d'Hères Cedex, France

  2. 2

    School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

  3. 3

    Department of Chemistry, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara, Kerala, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013
  2. Published Print: 23 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118218358

Online ISBN: 9781118609958



  • hydrolysis;
  • nanocomposites;
  • regenerated nanoparticles (rSNPs);
  • starch nanocrystals (SNCs);
  • starch nanoparticles (SNPs)


Starch is either used as extracted from the plant and is called “native starch,” or it undergoes one or more chemical modifications to reach specific properties and is called “modified starch.” The preparation of starch nanocrystals (SNCs) is based on native starches. Starch nanoparticles (SNPs) can schematically be divided into two kinds: (i) those exploiting the semicrystalline property of starch, such as SNC; and (ii) those exploiting the gelatinizing/melting property of starch referred to as colloidal or regenerated SNP (rSNP). They can further be categorized by their production process. SNCs are mainly prepared by hydrolysis, while SNPs are prepared by “regeneration” (chemical treatment or solubilization/precipitation) or mechanical treatment. Current applications for SNC and rSNPs are mainly focused on nanocomposites or paper coating, showing the importance of the thermal stability of these nanoparticles.