Starch based nanocomposites in active packaging for fresh fruits

16 January 2018

Starch based packaging materials are made from cassava starch with increased antimicrobial activity of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles. Researchers at Chiangrai Rajabhat University in Thailand evaluated the variation of mixture ratio of starch:vinegar:glycerin:water for starch based films and studied the effect of concentrations of TiO2 and ZnO on their antimicrobial activity.
The starch based films mixed with 0.01% w/w of TiO2 resulted in an extended shelf life of bananas from 5-7 days to 14 days and tomatoes from 7-10 days to 21 days. An article about the research is published in the Walailak Journal of Science and Technology (WJST).
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