Gelation of proteins from milk
We give a quantitative treatment of the destabilization of three types of milk protein dispersions. For this we consider the proteins as adhesive-hard-sphere bio-colloids. If the attractive interactions become strong enough the system passes the percolation threshold and gels. Macroscopic properties of these gels are studied by measuring viscoelasticity and permeability coefficients. These coefficients are related to structural (fractal) properties of the gels which were measured using scattering and confocal scanning laser microscopy (CLSM) techniques. The behaviour of the protein gels can be understood on a qualitative level.