The Effect of Nanofillers on the Functional Properties of Biopolymer-based Films: A Review

Ewelina Jamróz , Piotr Kulawik , Pavel Kopel


Waste from non-degradable plastics is becoming an increasingly serious problem. Therefore, more and more research focuses on the development of materials with biodegradable properties. Bio-polymers are excellent raw materials for the production of such materials. Bio-based biopolymer films reinforced with nanostructures have become an interesting area of research. Nanocomposite films are a group of materials that mainly consist of bio-based natural (e.g., chitosan, starch) and synthetic (e.g., poly(lactic acid)) polymers and nanofillers (clay, organic, inorganic, or carbon nanostructures), with different properties. The interaction between environmentally friendly biopolymers and nanofillers leads to the improved functionality of nanocomposite materials. Depending on the properties of nanofillers, new or improved properties of nanocomposites can be obtained such as: barrier properties, improved mechanical strength, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties or thermal stability. This review compiles information about biopolymers used as the matrix for the films with nanofillers as the active agents. Particular emphasis has been placed on the influence of nanofillers on functional properties of biopolymer films and their possible use within the food industry and food packaging systems. The possible applications of those nanocomposite films within other industries (medicine, drug and chemical industry, tissue engineering) is also briefly summarized.
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,,
Journal seriesPolymers, ISSN 2073-4360, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets2.05
Article number675
Keywords in Englishbiopolymer films; nanofillers; functional properties; film mechanical properties; film permeability; antimicrobial activity; nanocomposite materials; food packaging systems
ASJC Classification1600 General Chemistry; 2507 Polymers and Plastics
Internal identifierWTŻ/2019/31
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
The Effect of Nanofillers on the Functional Properties of Biopolymer-based Films: A Review of 17-04-2019
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Publication indicators WoS Citations = 7; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.057; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.935 (2) - 2017=3.509 (5)
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FinansowanieThe financial support from the projects CEITEC 2020 (LQ 1601) and EFRR project (no. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_025/0007314) is highly acknowledged.
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