Physicochemical, Antimicrobial and Mechanical Properties of Thermoplastic Materials Based on Biopolymers with Application in the Food Industry
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Kelvia Álvarez, Lucía Famá and Tomy J. Gutiérrez
Currently, there is great interest in the study of new ecological technologies
searching a harmonious lifestyle with the environment. In this sense, numerous
investigations on thermoplastic materials have been conducted as a significant
alternative due to their promising applications. In this regard, thermoplastics materials
from different biodegradable and edible polymer sources, which can be used in food
packaging, films or coatings, have been evaluated as an alternative to replace synthetic
materials to contribute to environmental pollution. The aim of this chapter was to study
the physicochemical, mechanical and structural properties of biopolymer films for use
in the food industry. In this chapter, different components used for the production of
biodegradable and edible coatings: biopolymers, plasticizers, antimicrobials and
antioxidants are reviewed.
Biopolymers, Edible films, Food industry, Physicochemical and
mechanical properties, Thermoplastic material.
Institute of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Sciences, Central University of Venezuela, PO Box 47097, Caracas 1041-A, Venezuela.