Encapsulation Technology for Food and Beverage


NAMI has developed a cutting-edge encapsulation technology to protect bioactive molecules in food and beverage.

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Commercialisation opportunities
Non-exclusive licensing
Problem addressed

Many healthcare products on the market claim to contain bioactive molecules with specific functions, yet most of them are unstable upon prolonged storage and highly sensitive to gastric acid that greatly reduces their effectiveness upon oral consumption. NAMI's encapsulation technology allows the enhancement of product value by preserving the easily degraded bioactive molecules.

  • Bioactive molecules such as vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, volatiles and probiotics are encapsulated with functionalized protective layers against various environmental stresses, like high temperature and acidity, water-rich environment and prolonged storage.
  • NAMI's encapsulation technology enables controlled release and targeted delivery of the encapsulated bioactive in microcapsule powder form, facilitating streamline infusion into various food matrix for a wide diversity of functional food and beverages.
Key impact
  • Powder formulations of bioactive with functionalized protective layers
  • Protective against unfavorable environments during manufacturing, storage and consumption
  • Controlled release for intended applications
  • Targeted delivery to small and large intestines
  • Dried nuts and fruits
  • Bakery products
  • Instant drinks and refrigerated bottle drinks
  • Powder form supplements
Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI)

As a Materials Expert, Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI) has a strong portfolio of innovative technologies to support and collaborate with the industry, offering frontier-applied research on advanced materials as well as technology transfer for commercialization success.

NAMI, incorporated in 2006, is designated by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the Hong Kong Government as a Research and Development Center for nanotechnology and advanced materials. NAMI undertakes and provides support for market-driven research in nanotechnology and advanced materials, and strives for commercialization of the technologies to benefit the industry and the society at large, as well as re-industrialization to promote the economic growth and sustainability of Hong Kong.