Amylose - (C6H10O5)n

What is Amylose?

Amylose is a polysaccharide used in various industries as a functional biomaterial. It is mainly a linear component consisting of about 100-10,000 glucose monomers linked by 1,4 alpha bindings. Amylose was discovered in 1940 by Meyer and his coworkers found that properties were different from those of native maize starch. It is found in algae and other lower forms of plants. It is a spread polymer of around 6000 glucose deposits with branches on 1 in each 24 glucose ring.

IUPAC name – (1→4)-α-D-Glucopyranan




1.25 g/mL

Molecular Weight/ Molar Mass


Boiling Point

627.7±55.0 °C at 760 mmHg

Bond Type

α glycosidic bonds

Chemical Formula

Variable because its a polymer

Amylose Structure – (C6H10O5)n

Amylose Structure

Physical Properties of Amylose – (C6H10O5)n


Unpleasant Odour


White powder

Surface tension

74.4±5.0 dyne/cm


Insoluble in water

Chemical Properties of Amylose – (C6H10O5)n

  • Amylose forms a distinctive blue colour complex with iodine. Analysis is provided by high performance size exclusion chromatography and other methods.
  • Amylose molecules may form extensive hydrogen bonds that render the molecules less susceptible to enzymatic degradation.

Uses of Amylose – (C6H10O5)n

  • Uses for amylose include permanent textile finishes, plastics, film making and paper pulp fiber bonding.
  • High amylose starches have been used together with an instant starch or food gum as binder to provide a crisp coating for french fries which also reduces oil absorption.
  • Used as starches in the usage of sausage casings and food wrappers, incorporation into bread crusts and pasta for more uniform heating in the microwave.

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