About the Book
I obtained my PhD in Physical Chemistry from Salford University, Manchester in 1999 and have worked in chemical research, encompassing a diverse range of techniques (chromatography, particle sizing, microscopy, calorimetry, spectroscopy and rheology) and disparate materials including natural & synthetic rubbers and a variety of plastics. I have also researched water soluble polymers, both synthetic and hydrocolloid based. The latter includes starches, tree gum exudates (e.g. karaya, Arabic & kondagogu etc.), glycosaminoglycans (mucopolysaccharides), xanthan gum (produced synthetically or by bacterial fermentation), konjac mannan, pectin, wheat protein, cellulose, hyaluronic acid, inulin, quorn, agar (from red algae), alginates & carrageenans (found in brown and red seaweeds respectively) and various dyes, sugars etc.