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Including new chapters on microwave-assisted frying, microbial inactivation, and disinfestation, this completely revised edition covers the basic principles of microwave technology and current and emerging research trends for future development

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1. Introducing microwave-assisted processing of food: Fundamentals of the technology 2. Microwave heating and the dielectric properties of foods 3. Determination of the dielectric properties of foods 4. Impact of microwave processing on nutritional, sensory, and other quality attributes 5. Microwave technology for food processing: An overview of current and future applications 6. Microwave-assisted baking 7. Microwave-assisted frying 8. Microwave-assisted drying 9. Microwave-assisted blanching 10. Microwave-assisted pasteurization and sterilization-commercial perspective 11. Microwaves for microbial inactivation-efficiency and inactivation kinetics 12. Microwave-assisted thawing and tempering 13. Packaging for microwave foods 14. The heating performance of domestic microwave ovens 15. Measuring temperature distributions during microwave processing 16. Microwave plant requirements and process control for advanced applications 17. Improving the heating uniformity in microwave processing 18. Simulation of microwave processes

About the Author

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Marc Regier studied at the University of Karlsruhe physics before he received his doctorate at the Institute of Food Process Engineering (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmar Schubert) in the field of microwave drying of food and provision of water distribution by means of magnetic resonance imaging in 2003. In his time at the Federal Research Centre for Nutrition and Food (today Max Rubner Institute) he worked among others with the drying, microwave applications and other new methods. After another stay at the Institute of Food Process Engineering, he was in 2007 as Professor of Food Process Engineering at the Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (today Beuth University of Applied Sciences) called from where he moved to the University of Trier in 2010. As research priorities, Mr. Regier busy drying processes, microwave applications, and magnetic resonance imaging. In teaching, Mr. Regier represents mathematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, thermal process engineering as well as new methods of food technology. Dr Kai Knoerzer has a background in process engineering (BSc), chemical engineering (MSc) and food process engineering (PhD), all awarded from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany). In 2006 he commenced work with Food Science Australia as a Postdoctoral fellow; his current position in the Food and Nutrition Flagship is Senior Research Scientist. Kai has a proven track record in food process engineering research and development, particularly of innovative technologies. Currently, he is involved in research activities on engineering aspects (e.g., numerical modelling, simulation, process/equipment design and optimisation, as well as scale-up) across all innovative food processing technologies investigated at CSIRO, namely, high pressure (thermal), pulsed electric field, microwave, cool plasma and ultrasonics/megasonics processing. He is also leading the strategy development and project portfolio in the food stability area (Project cluster: Food Stability - Innovative Processing Solutions) and the extrusion platform project. Kai's work has shown both science impact, with more than 70 peer-reviewed journal and conference proceedings and book chapters, two edited books (and two more currently being edited), over 120 oral and poster presentations at national and international conferences and 3 patents, as well as commercial impact in the food industry. His work has also been recognised with various international awards for research excellence. Schubert studied Mechanical and Process Engineering at the TU Berlin and the University of Karlsruhe. In 1972 he was a PhD Chemical Engineering in the field at Hans Rumpf and habilitated there in 1981. Since 1986 until his retirement in April 2004 he held the Chair of Food Process Engineering, and was head of the same institute of the University of Karlsruhe (TH), today KIT. Schubert was also director of the Institute of Chemical Engineering of the Federal Research Centre for Nutrition in Karlsruhe from 1977 to 1991. Subsequently, he worked from 1982 to 1984 Head of the Federal Research Institutes for Food and GVC-Chairman from 2001 to 2004. In addition, he from 2002 to 2004, Vice-Chairman DECHEMA Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology eV He also led the GVC technical committee "Food Process Engineering" and was a member of the specialist committees "interfaces" and "Agglomerisation- and bulk solids technology". Schubert is a member in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences since 2001. He is also a member of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology and the German Academy of Science and Engineering. Helmar Schubert is a founding member of the International Association for Engineering and Food IAEF and since 2004 Chairman of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering EFCE Section on Food. In addition, he has worked as an author. The European.

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