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Journal of Nanotechnology
Volume 2015, Article ID 852394, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/852394
Review Article

Nanosized Particles of Silica and Its Derivatives for Applications in Various Branches of Food and Nutrition Sectors

Department of Food Science and Technology, Sari Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University, Khazar Abad Road, Km. 9, P.O. Box 578, Sari, Mazandaran, Iran

Received 28 July 2015; Revised 17 November 2015; Accepted 19 November 2015

Academic Editor: Jorge M. Seminario

Copyright © 2015 Mohammad Reza Kasaai. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Nanosized particles of silica and its derivatives have been identified as versatile for a broad range of science, technology, and engineering applications. In this paper, an effort has been made to provide a short review from the available literature information on their applications in various branches of food and nutrition sectors. The information provided in this paper describes various parameters affecting their performances and efficiencies. The properties and applications of nanosilica and its derivatives have been compared with microsilica and bulk-silica for their performances. The use of nanosized particles of silica and its derivatives provides a number of advantages. Their efficiencies and performances are significantly higher than those of the traditional ones.