9. Chemical Modification of Starch Nanoparticles

  1. Alain Dufresne1,
  2. Sabu Thomas2 and
  3. Laly A. Pothen3
  1. Jin Huang,
  2. Qing Huang,
  3. Peter R. Chang and
  4. Jiahui Yu

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118609958.ch9

Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications

Biopolymer Nanocomposites: Processing, Properties, and Applications

How to Cite

Huang, J., Huang, Q., Chang, P. R. and Yu, J. (2013) Chemical Modification 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.ch9

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



  • chemical modification;
  • hydrolysis;
  • regeneration‐co‐crystallization;
  • starch nanocolloids;
  • starch nanocrystals;
  • starch nanomicelles;
  • starch nanoparticles (StNP)


Starch is an abundant, inexpensive, naturally renewable, and biodegradable polysaccharide found in the roots, stalks, and seeds of staple crops such as rice, corn, wheat, tapioca, and potato. Chemical modification of nanosized starch particles expands the types of polymers that can possibly be used as matrices. This chapter discusses the general methods for chemical modification of starch nanoparticles (StNP) in detail. Starch nanocrystals obtained by hydrolysis and regeneration—co‐crystallization have surface hydroxyl groups that give them a polar surface. Chemical modification of starch nanocrystals alters the surface characteristics of the starch nanocrystals. Chemical modifications can change filler—filler and filler—matrix interactions and hence affect the compatibility of the StNP and polymer matrices, and even form new microstructures in nanocomposites. Meanwhile, chemically modified StNP still contribute to unique functions.