Advances in Physicochemical Properties of Biopolymers (Part 1)

The last two decades have seen a number of significant advances in the methodology for evaluating the molecular weight distributions of polydispersed macromolecular systems in solution at the ...
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Physicochemical, Antimicrobial and Mechanical Properties of Thermoplastic Materials Based on Biopolymers with Application in the Food Industry

Pp. 358-400 (43)

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.