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Thavar Vasanthan


Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science

About Me


Ph.D in Food Science, 1989-1994

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

M.Sc in Food Technology, 1986-1988

University of Reading, United Kingdom

B.Sc in Agriculture - Food Science and Technology Major, 1982-1986 

University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Job/Research Area: 

Grain Processing Science and Technology (Starch, dietary fiber/beta-glucan, etc)


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

My research focuses on value-added processing of grains (cereal and pulse grains) and tubers with an emphasis on fractionation, characterization and utilization of carbohydrates, especially starch and mixed linkage beta-glucans. Studies have included milling and air-classification of cereal grains; evaluation of physicochemical properties of prime and small granule cereal and pulse starches; oats and barley beta-glucan extraction, characterization and food applications; starch digestibility profiling (RS, SDS and RDS) and low glycemic food formulation strategies; pilot scale technical and economic feasibility studies on oat/barley starch, beta-glucan and protein refining.

I have been serving as a consultant to grain, starch, fiber and food processing industries and assisted them in chemical analysis, new product development, by-product utilization and preparation of industrial research grant applications