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Electrospun Functional Materials toward Food Packaging Applications: A Review

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Co-Innovation Center of Efficient Processing and Utilization of Forest Resources, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
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College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266000, China
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College of Material Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130022, China
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Nanomaterials 2020, 10(1), 150; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10010150
Received: 26 November 2019 / Revised: 29 December 2019 / Accepted: 10 January 2020 / Published: 15 January 2020
Electrospinning is an effective and versatile method to prepare continuous polymer nanofibers and nonwovens that exhibit excellent properties such as high molecular orientation, high porosity and large specific surface area. Benefitting from these outstanding and intriguing features, electrospun nanofibers have been employed as a promising candidate for the fabrication of food packaging materials. Actually, the electrospun nanofibers used in food packaging must possess biocompatibility and low toxicity. In addition, in order to maintain the quality of food and extend its shelf life, food packaging materials also need to have certain functionality. Herein, in this timely review, functional materials produced from electrospinning toward food packaging are highlighted. At first, various strategies for the preparation of polymer electrospun fiber are introduced, then the characteristics of different packaging films and their successful applications in food packaging are summarized, including degradable materials, superhydrophobic materials, edible materials, antibacterial materials and high barrier materials. Finally, the future perspective and key challenges of polymer electrospun nanofibers for food packaging are also discussed. Hopefully, this review would provide a fundamental insight into the development of electrospun functional materials with high performance for food packaging. View Full-Text
Keywords: electrospinning; food packaging; functional membrane; nanofibers electrospinning; food packaging; functional membrane; nanofibers
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Zhao, L.; Duan, G.; Zhang, G.; Yang, H.; He, S.; Jiang, S. Electrospun Functional Materials toward Food Packaging Applications: A Review. Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 150.

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