Expertise Group Leader Dairy Technology

Milk has often been described as nature’s ultimate and most complete food, which makes it a fascinating object for scientific study, but also a great material for conversion into widely popular dairy products and a base for the manufacture of many top quality dairy ingredients. Particularly the unrivalled functionality of milk proteins allows us to stretch the boundaries of protein functionality further and further.

And it is particularly this area of milk protein functionality that has been my main area of focus throughout my career, including my MSc at Wageningen University and PhD at University College Cork. I have successfully linked fundamental understanding of milk protein structure and interactions to practical in-product functionality and stability during processing for products such as liquid milk, cheese and yoghurt, infant and clinical products, milk protein ingredients and ice cream. Application of this knowledge has also allowed successful elucidation of effects of novel technologies, such as high pressure processing, enzymatic cross-linking and deamidation and their application. Together with my colleagues at NIZO, we apply this knowledge to help our customers understand and improve products and processes.

As a Principal Scientist at NIZO, an adjunct professor at South Dakota State University & Victoria University in Australia and Editor-in-Chief at International Dairy Journal I stay at the forefront of dairy science, always ready to apply the latest knowledge for improved understanding to optimise products and processes.

Do you want to discuss dairy science and technology further? Then do not hesitate to contact me.


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Publications by Thom Huppertz

De Kruif CG, Huppertz T, Urban VS & Pethukov A (2012) Casein micelles and their internal structure. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 171–172, 36-526.

Gazi I & Huppertz T (2015) Influence of protein content and storage conditions on the solubility of caseins and whey proteins in milk protein concentrates. International Dairy Journal, 46, 22-30.

Huppertz, T, & Gazi, I. (2016) Lactose in dairy ingredients: effect on processing and storage stability. Journal of Dairy Science, 99, 6842-6851.

Bijl E, van Valenberg H, Huppertz T, van Hooijdonk, T & Bovenhuis H (2014) Phosphorylation of alpha-s1-casein is regulated by different genes. Journal of Dairy Science, 97(11), 7240-7246.

Meletharayil, G. H., Patel, H. A., Metzger, L. E., & Huppertz, T (2016) Acid gelation of reconstituted milk protein concentrate suspensions: Influence of lactose addition. International Dairy Journal, 61, 107-113.

Huppertz T (2016) Heat stability of milk. In Advanced Dairy Chemistry Volume 1B: Applied aspects. Springer

Ercili-Cura, D, Huppertz T & Kelly A.L. (2015) Enzymatic modification of dairy product texture. In Modifying Food Texture, Volume 1: Novel Ingredients and Processing Techniques. Woodhead Publishing


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