Intelligent and active composite films based on furcellaran: Structural characterization, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities

Ewelina Jamróz , Piotr Kulawik , Pavel Kopel , Radka Balková , David Hynek , Zuzana Bytesnikova , Milica Gagic , Vedran Milosavljević , Vojtech Adam


Intelligent and active films were prepared using furcellaran (FUR). The FUR films were modified with various antibacterial material including natural extracts from green tea (GTE) and yerba mate (YM) and synthetized selenium (SeNPs) and zinc oxide (ZnONPs) nanoparticles. The bionanocomposite films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, SEM, TGA and UV–vis spectroscopy. The structural characteristics confirmed successfully formation of FUR films in the presence of tea extracts and NPs. SEM analysis showed smooth and compact surface morphology for FUR, YM and GTE films. Structure of composite films with NPs becomes less homogeneous, with some aggregations or agglomerates of NPs. The addition of both NPs into the films increases their thermal stability, while the incorporation of ZnONPs and YM increased UV-light barrier properties. Films presented different physical properties depending on the composition of the active compounds. The addition of ZnONPs caused the reduction in solubility of prepared films. On the other side, FUR films with the tea extracts show great antioxidant activity based on the ABTS test (inhibition of 37.3% for YM films and of 67.6% for GTE films). However, the FUR films with SeNPs had the highest antimicrobial activity against S. aureus, MRSA and E.coli, with inhibition zone diameters of 21.8 mm, 26.6 mm and 26.7 mm, respectively. The carp spoilage test was done to evaluate possible application of the films as intelligent packages, and color change indicated the film could be used as a sensor in the food industry. The results indicate that composite films based on FUR can be used as smart packaging showing good antioxidant and antimicrobial properties for food packaging applications.
Author Ewelina Jamróz (FoFT / IoCh)
Ewelina Jamróz,,
- Institute of chemistry
, Piotr Kulawik (FoFT / DoAPT)
Piotr Kulawik,,
- Department of Animal Product Technology
, Pavel Kopel
Pavel Kopel,,
, Radka Balková
Radka Balková,,
, David Hynek
David Hynek,,
, Zuzana Bytesnikova
Zuzana Bytesnikova,,
, Milica Gagic
Milica Gagic,,
, Vedran Milosavljević
Vedran Milosavljević,,
, Vojtech Adam
Vojtech Adam,,
Journal seriesFood Packaging and Shelf Life, ISSN 2214-2894, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Article number100405
Keywords in EnglishFurcellaran, Tea extracts, Nanoparticles, Antioxidant, Antimicrobial, Food packaging
ASJC Classification2726 Microbiology (medical); 1106 Food Science; 2213 Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality; 2502 Biomaterials; 2507 Polymers and Plastics
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)100
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.188; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 3.63 (2)
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FinansowanieThis work was financially supported by CEITEC 2020 (LQ1601), Internal Grant Agency of Mendel University (IGA 20/2017) and by EFRR project "Multidisciplinary research to increase application potential of nanomaterials in agricultural practice" (No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_025/0007314).
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