Nanobiotechnology in Food Packaging

  • Hoda Jafarizadeh-Malmiri
  • Zahra Sayyar
  • Navideh Anarjan
  • Aydin Berenjian


Customers today demand a lot more from packaging in terms of protecting the quality, freshness and safety of foods. The nanotechnology, which uses microscopic particles, is effective and affordable and will bring out suitable food and dairy packaging in the near future. Food packaging is considered to be one of the earliest commercial applications of nanotechnology in the food sector. Applications for food contact materials using nanotechnology is: incorporating nanomaterials to improve packaging properties (flexibility and gas barrier properties); active packaging that incorporates nanoparticles with antimicrobial or oxygen scavenging properties; intelligent or smart food packaging incorporating nanosensors for sensing and signaling of microbial and biochemical changes; release of antimicrobials, antioxidants, enzymes, flavours and nutraceuticals to extend shelf life; and biodegradable polymer–nanomaterial composites by introduction of inorganic particles, such as clay, into the biopolymeric matrix and can also be controlled with surfactants that are used for the modification of layered silicate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hoda Jafarizadeh-Malmiri
    • 1
  • Zahra Sayyar
    • 1
  • Navideh Anarjan
    • 2
  • Aydin Berenjian
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Chemical Engineering, East AzarbaijanSahand University of TechnologyTabrizIran
  2. 2.Faculty of Chemical Engineering, East AzarbaijanIslamic Azad University Tabriz BranchTabrizIran
  3. 3.Faculty of EngineeringThe University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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