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|Title:||Natamycin-loaded poly(n-isopropylacrylamide) nanohydrogels for smart edible packaging : development and characterization|
|Author(s):||Cerqueira, M. A.|
Costa, Maria J.
Vicente, A. A.
|Citation:||Cerqueira, M. A.; Costa, Maria J.; Fuciños, C.; Pastrana, L.; Vicente, A. A., Natamycin-loaded poly(n-isopropylacrylamide) nanohydrogels for smart edible packaging: development and characterization. Polymar 2013 - 1st International Conference in Polymers with special Focus in Early Stage Researchers. Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 3-7, 150-1512013.|
|Abstract(s):||The development of new formulations for antimicrobial agents release has attracted great attention due to the possibility of using such formulations in several applications (e.g. food packaging and surface treatments in biomedical devices). Smart packaging appears in the last years as one of the most promissory application to food packaging in order to enhance the capacity to maintain food quality and safety. Moreover, edible packaging, using edible and biodegradable biopolymers, has been stated as one of the promises in packaging science (e.g. fresh-cut products, cheese, fruits, fish). Based on this and in the fact that no work has been reported with the incorporation of smart nanohydrogels in edible packaging, a smart delivery device consisting in poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) nanohydrogels and polysaccharide- based films was developed. Polysaccharide-based films with and without the incorporation of natamycin-loaded poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) nanohydrogels were charactherized in terms of: transport (water vapour, oxygen and carbon dioxide permeabilities) and mechanical properties (tensile strength and elongation-at-break), opacity, water sensitivity (moisture content and contact angle) and thermal properties (differential scanning calorimetry - DSC and thermogravimetric analyses - TGA). Chemical interactions were studied by means of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy was used to verify the presence of nanohydrogel in the film matrix. [...]|
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