Shape-Shifting Pasta: From Flat to Twists and Twirls

Summary of the technology

Eran Sharon – Shape Shifting Pasta (TTM #10874)¬ - The researchers developed a technique for manufacturing pasta that can be ‘preprogrammed’ for specific shape shifting upon boiling. This shape shifting pasta is manufactured, flat and straight, from regular pasta dough, and packaged into flat-pack low volume straight boxes - upon boiling in water the pasta takes on twisty twirly shapes. This can save space in transport and storage and enhanced user engagement experience.

Patent Position: Provisional filed.
Scientific Article: Drafted

Project ID : 47-2020-10874

Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University
Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Details of the Technology Offer

Category

Food

Keywords

Pasta, Shape Change,

Current development stage

General list: TRL4 Technology validated in lab

Collaboration Opportunity

Licensing of Technology

Background

Pasta such as fettuccine, linguine and spaghetti are elongated, straight and are flat-packed for transport in small volume boxes. Their twirl, twisty, elbow, bowtie counterparts, however are packaged in space consuming large volume boxes.

Our Innovation

The researchers have developed a technique for manufacturing pasta that can be ‘preprogrammed’ for specific shape shifting upon boiling (Fig.1). This shape-shifting pasta is manufactured flat and straight and flat-packed into low volume straight boxes - upon boiling in water the pasta takes on twisty, twirly shapes.

  • Saves space for transport and storage
  • Can be ‘preprogrammed’ for specific shape shifting with a wide range of configurations
  • Enhances user engagement
  • Large sheets can be cut at home for a creative and fun experience
  • Manufacturing is inexpensive and simple (not involving 3D printing)

Technology

A provisional patent was filed.

Opportunity

Yissum is looking for a licensee to commercialize this technology. A provisional patent application has been filed.

Project manager

Ilya Pittel
VP, BD AGTECH, FOODTECH, VETERINARY & ENVIRONMENT

Project researchers

Eran Sharon
HUJI, Faculty of Science
The Racah Institute of Physics

Related Keywords

  • Technologies for the food industry
  • Food quality and safety
  • Micro- and Nanotechnology related to agrofood
  • Agrofood Industry
  • Food Processing
  • Food Technology
  • Food and Beverages
  • Food & Nutrition

About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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