One of the major constituents of hog hair is α-keratin from ectodermal cells. It is a fibrous, water-insoluble protein that has lone peptide linkages and a spiral-conformation. This spiral-structure may contribute to the high dielectric constant observed for hog hair. Microwave radiation can penetrate deep into the folding layers of α-keratin to destabilize the bonds between the units and make them twirl rapidly. The microwave radiation promotes the forward hydrolysis, thus generating a more efficient technique than the traditional external heat, acid-solution-methods.
|頁（從 - 到）||111-113|
|出版狀態||Published - 1999 10月 1|
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