versão impressa ISSN 0100-4042
AQUINO, Francisco Wendel Batista de e FRANCO, Douglas Wagner. Dextrans in lugars from São Paulo State. Quím. Nova [online]. 2008, vol.31, n.5, pp. 1034-1037. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422008000500016.
The characterization of dextran in sugars by size exclusion chromatography (SEC) has been carried out according to the number-average molecular weight (Mn), the weight-average molecular weight (Mw), the Z-average molecular weight (Mz), and the polydispersity (Mw/Mn). The results suggest that all the analyzed thirty sugar samples from São Paulo state were contaminated with two or three different dextran polymers. The collected data clearly point out that the total dextran content together with the mass distribution parameters Mw, Mn, Mz, and Mw/Mn should be considered during the evaluation of the quality of the sugar used for the cachaça sweeting process.
Palavras-chave : dextrans; characterization; cachaça.