dr. E (Elke) Scholten

dr. E (Elke) Scholten

Associate professor

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2008 Post-doctoral Associate Chemical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, USA
  • 2006 PhD Food Physics, Wageningen University
  • 2001 MSc Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Utrecht University
  • 1997 BSc Organic Chemistry, University College, Etten-Leur

Latest Articles (2020)

Arito-Merino, van Valenberg, H., Gilbert, E., Scholten, E. Time-resolved quantitative phase analysis of complex fats during crystallization, Crystal Growth & Design, 2020

van Eck, A., Franks, E., Vinyard, C.J., Galindo-Cuspinera, V., Fogliano, V., Stieger, M, Scholten, E. Sauce it up: Influence of condiment properties on oral processing behavior, bolus formation and sensory perception of solid foods, Food and Function, 2020.

van Eck, A., van Stratum, A, Achlada, D., Goldschmidt, Scholten, E., Fogliano, V., Stieger, M., Bolhuis, D. Cracker shape modifies ad libitum snack intake of crackers with cheese dip, British Journal of Nutrition, 2020

Fuhrmann, P.L., Sala, G., Stieger, M., Scholten, E. Influence of clustering of protein-stabilised oil droplets with proanthocyanidins on mechanical, tribological and sensory properties of o/w emulsions and emulsion-filled gels. Food Hydrocolloids, 2020, 105, 105856. 

Rudge, R.E.D., van de Sande, J., Dijksman, J., Scholten, E. Uncovering friction dynamics using hydrogel particles as soft ball bearings, Soft Matter 2020,  

Aguayo-Mendoza, M., Santagiuliana, M., Ong, X., Piqueras-Fiszman, B., Scholten, E., Stieger, M. How addition of peach gel particles to yogurt affects oral behavior, sensory perception and liking of consumers differing in age, Food Research International 2020, 109213

Santagiuliana, M., Broers, L., Sampedro Marigómez, I., Stieger, M., Piqueras-Fiszman, B., Scholten, E., Strategies to compensate for undesired gritty sensations in foods, Food Quality and Preference 2020, 81, 103842

Fuhrmann, P.L., Sala, G., Stieger, M., Scholten, E., Effect of oil droplet inhomogeneity at different length scales on mechanical and sensory properties of emulsion-filled gels: Length scale matters Food Hydrocolloids 2020, 101, 105462

Fuhrmann, P.L., Aguayo-Mendoza, M., Jansen, B., Stieger, M., Scholten, E. Characterization of friction behavior of intact solid foods and food boli. Food Hydocolloids 2020, 100, 105441.

van Eck, A., Wijne, C., Fogliano, V., Stieger, M., Scholten, E. Shape up! How shape, size and addition of condiments influence eating behavior of vegetables. Food and Function 2020, 141, 105903.

Rudge, R.E.D., Scholten, E., Dijksman, J. Natural and Induced Roughness Determine Frictional Regimes in Hydrogel Pairs, Tribology International 2020, 141, 105903

Research area

Food systems are often mixtures of ingredients and should therefore be considered as complex mixtures or complex composites. Foods consist often of a combination of different food structures, like gels, foams and emulsions. The food structures can be created by mixing water, fat/oil and air with food ingredients like proteins, polysaccharides and other bio-based molecules. The interactions between these ingredients determine the assembly of these ingredients (collection of ingredients) into larger building blocks and determine which food structures (emulsion, foam, gel) can be created. These structures then determine the textural features of foods, such as the fracture properties, melting, spreading behavior, elestricity, etc. These textural features will change during food consumption, and at the end determine at the end the sensory perception of those products. To provide knowledge to design new food applications, an understanding of complex composites is therefore desirable.

Main Questions:
- How can we control textural parameters of food by controllng building blocks at different length scales (including protein, fats, and polysaccharides)
- How can we measure textural parameters of food, especially those related to complex textural and sensorial attributes. (including rheology, tribology, XRD, and microscopic techniques)