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Safely Dissolvable and Healable Active Packaging Films Based on Alginate and Pectin

Advanced Engineering Platform, Mechanical Engineering Discipline, School of Engineering, Monash University Malaysia, Selangor 47500, Malaysia
Biomedical Engineering faculty, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran 15875-4413, Iran
Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, pad. 17, 90128 Palermo, Italy
School of Science, Monash University Malaysia, Selangor 47500, Malaysia
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Polymers 2019, 11(10), 1594;
Received: 30 August 2019 / Revised: 23 September 2019 / Accepted: 24 September 2019 / Published: 29 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Polymer Science and Technology in Italy (2019,2020))
Extensive usage of long-lasting petroleum based plastics for short-lived application such as packaging has raised concerns regarding their role in environmental pollution. In this research, we have developed active, healable, and safely dissolvable alginate-pectin based biocomposites that have potential applications in food packaging. The morphological study revealed the rough surface of these biocomposite films. Tensile properties indicated that the fabricated samples have mechanical properties in the range of commercially available packaging films while possessing excellent healing efficiency. Biocomposite films exhibited higher hydrophobicity properties compared to neat alginate films. Thermal analysis indicated that crosslinked biocomposite samples possess higher thermal stability in temperatures below 120 °C, while antibacterial analysis against E. coli and S. aureus revealed the antibacterial properties of the prepared samples against different bacteria. The fabricated biodegradable multi-functional biocomposite films possess various imperative properties, making them ideal for utilization as packaging material. View Full-Text
Keywords: pectin; alginate; biocomposites; food packaging; degradable films pectin; alginate; biocomposites; food packaging; degradable films
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Makaremi, M.; Yousefi, H.; Cavallaro, G.; Lazzara, G.; Goh, C.B.S.; Lee, S.M.; Solouk, A.; Pasbakhsh, P. Safely Dissolvable and Healable Active Packaging Films Based on Alginate and Pectin. Polymers 2019, 11, 1594.

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