Nanocellulose-Polymer Composites: Novel Materials for Food Packaging Applications

  • A. K. Bharimalla
  • P. G. Patil
  • S. Mukherjee
  • V. Yadav
  • V. Prasad


Nanocellulose is a revolutionary bio-based nanomaterial that possesses remarkable properties and has potential application in different industries. As a biodegradable filler in the manufacture of composite materials, coating and self-standing thin films, it offers novel and promising properties. There are fewer revisions focused on the use of nanocellulose-impregnated composite materials for different food packaging applications. Researchers have reported that the use of nanocellulose as a reinforcement in biopolymers and synthetic polymers improves the mechanical and barrier properties of the composite material. In this chapter we provide an exhaustive review of recent advances in the synthesis of nanocellulose and its application as a filler to produce nanocomposites for food packaging.

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Biodegradable composite Green composite Nanocellulose biopolymer 



The authors are thankful to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for supporting this work under World Bank funded National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), through its sub-project entitled “Zonal Technology Management & Business Planning and Development Unit at Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai”.

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. K. Bharimalla
    • 1
  • P. G. Patil
    • 1
  • S. Mukherjee
    • 1
  • V. Yadav
    • 2
  • V. Prasad
    • 2
  1. 1.ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton TechnologyMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryInstitute of Science, Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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