Advanced microscopy techniques for revealing molecular structure of starch granules

Nirmal Mazumder, Suchitta Umashankar, Bharath Ratnakar, K. K. Mahato, Fu Jen Kao

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Starch is a naturally occurring most abundant plant polysaccharide which is major source of carbohydrate and energy in human diet. Starch granules are synthesized in various plant species differ in size, shape and composition. In this research article, molecular structure of from potato, rice and corn were characterized using optical microscopes and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The micro-scale structure of starch granules were observed; the size was in the range of 1 to 100μm, surface topological and composition was visualized with high spatial resolution. The crystalline and amorphous components of starch granules were identified by second harmonic generation (SHG) and coherent anti-Stoke Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy. SHG and CARS signals are generated from non-centrosymmetric and C-H rich regions of starch granules, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2017
PublisherOSA - The Optical Society
VolumePart F66-FiO 2017
ISBN (Electronic)9781557528209
ISBN (Print)9781943580330
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2017
EventFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: 18-09-201721-09-2017

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
VolumePart F66-FiO 2017
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701


ConferenceFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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