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Graphene Derivatives in Biopolymer-Based Composites for Food Packaging Applications

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Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, CICECO—Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Department of Chemistry, CICECO—Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Materials Science Institute of Madrid, CSIC, c/Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 3, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, 8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, TEMA—Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Nanomaterials 2020, 10(10), 2077; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano10102077
Received: 23 September 2020 / Revised: 12 October 2020 / Accepted: 16 October 2020 / Published: 21 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Investigation and Development of Graphene Oxide-Based Materials)
This review aims to showcase the current use of graphene derivatives, graphene-based nanomaterials in particular, in biopolymer-based composites for food packaging applications. A brief introduction regarding the valuable attributes of available and emergent bioplastic materials is made so that their contributions to the packaging field can be understood. Furthermore, their drawbacks are also disclosed to highlight the benefits that graphene derivatives can bring to bio-based formulations, from physicochemical to mechanical, barrier, and functional properties as antioxidant activity or electrical conductivity. The reported improvements in biopolymer-based composites carried out by graphene derivatives in the last three years are discussed, pointing to their potential for innovative food packaging applications such as electrically conductive food packaging. View Full-Text
Keywords: bionanocomposites; polysaccharides; proteins; polyesters; graphene derivatives; graphene oxide; electrical conductivity; pulsed electric field; food packaging bionanocomposites; polysaccharides; proteins; polyesters; graphene derivatives; graphene oxide; electrical conductivity; pulsed electric field; food packaging
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Barra, A.; Santos, J.D.C.; Silva, M.R.F.; Nunes, C.; Ruiz-Hitzky, E.; Gonçalves, I.; Yildirim, S.; Ferreira, P.; Marques, P.A.A.P. Graphene Derivatives in Biopolymer-Based Composites for Food Packaging Applications. Nanomaterials 2020, 10, 2077.

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Barra A, Santos JDC, Silva MRF, Nunes C, Ruiz-Hitzky E, Gonçalves I, Yildirim S, Ferreira P, Marques PAAP. Graphene Derivatives in Biopolymer-Based Composites for Food Packaging Applications. Nanomaterials. 2020; 10(10):2077.

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Barra, Ana; Santos, Jéssica D.C.; Silva, Mariana R.F.; Nunes, Cláudia; Ruiz-Hitzky, Eduardo; Gonçalves, Idalina; Yildirim, Selçuk; Ferreira, Paula; Marques, Paula A.A.P. 2020. "Graphene Derivatives in Biopolymer-Based Composites for Food Packaging Applications" Nanomaterials 10, no. 10: 2077.

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