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Nanomaterials 2018, 8(11), 930;

Degradable and Photocatalytic Antibacterial Au-TiO2/Sodium Alginate Nanocomposite Films for Active Food Packaging

Department of Physics and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Food Science and Processing Research Center, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055, China
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Shenzhen Institute of Guangdong Ocean University, Shenzhen 518108, China
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Received: 18 October 2018 / Revised: 7 November 2018 / Accepted: 8 November 2018 / Published: 8 November 2018
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A degradable and antibacterial sodium alginate film containing functional Au-TiO2 nanocomposites for food packaging was successfully developed. The Au-TiO2 nanocomposites are synthesized hydrothermally and mixed with the alginate solution to form the film by a casting method. The Au-TiO2 nanocomposites enable the film with excellent visible light absorption and transfer ability with the light absorption rang covering UV–visible wavelength (300–800 nm) and induce the increase of the film water contact angle from 40° to 74°, which contributes to the film shape stability. Furthermore, compared to the TiO2 nanoparticle-incorporated film, the antibacterial ability of Au-TiO2/sodium alginate composite film is improved approximately by 60% and 50% against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli (E. coli), respectively, in light conditions. The antibacterial property of the film arises from the increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) induced by the surface plasmonic resonance of Au nanoparticles. The degradable and antibacterial properties render the composite film of great application potential in food packaging industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: alginate film; nanocomposites; antibacterial properties; food packaging alginate film; nanocomposites; antibacterial properties; food packaging

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Tang, S.; Wang, Z.; Li, P.; Li, W.; Li, C.; Wang, Y.; Chu, P.K. Degradable and Photocatalytic Antibacterial Au-TiO2/Sodium Alginate Nanocomposite Films for Active Food Packaging. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 930.

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