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Polymers, Volume 11, Issue 1 (January 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The need for antimicrobial smart packaging solutions is dictated by consumers’ demands for improved [...] Read more. The need for antimicrobial smart packaging solutions is dictated by consumers’ demands for improved quality and shelf life of perishable goods. Among numerous available antimicrobial agents, essential oils stand out for their renowned efficiency and sustainability. Herein, we report on the fabrication of antimicrobial packaging films coated with thyme oil-loaded light-responsive nanocapsules. The light-induced release of volatile thyme oil was monitored over time, demonstrating that a 15 min UV exposure of the coated films led to an eight-fold increase of thyme oil concentration in the headspace after 24 h. These films are proposed as smart devices for on-demand release of antimicrobials in non-contact active packaging. View this paper