Dielectric study on the dynamics of an aqueous solution of gellan gum

  • N. ShinyashikiEmail author
  • T. Sakai
  • G. Yamada
  • S. Yagihara
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science book series (PROGCOLLOID, volume 114)


In order to make clear the dynamics of water related to the coil-helix and the sol-gel transitions in aqueous solutions of gellan gum, dielectric relaxation measurements of 2.5 and 5.0 wt% gellan gum aqueous solutions in the temperature range between 2.5 and 52.5 °C were performed over a frequency range from 30 Hz to 10 GHz using time-domain reflectometry. The dielectric relaxation peak of water is observed around 10 GHz, and the relaxation curve is well described by the Cole-Cole equation. The parameter for the symmetric distribution of the relaxation time, β, shows different temperature dependences below and above the coil-helix and sol-gel transitions. The conformation of gellan gum molecules affects the variation of the local structure of water.

Key words

Dielectric relaxation Gellan gum Water Coil-helix transition Sol-gel transition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Shinyashiki
    • 1
    Email author
  • T. Sakai
    • 1
  • G. Yamada
    • 1
  • S. Yagihara
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTokai UniversityKanagawaJapan

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