Physicochemical and mechanical properties of pectin-carbon nanotubes films produced by chemical bonding

Farahnaky, A, Sharifi, S, Imani, B, Dorodmand, M and Majzoobi, M 2018, 'Physicochemical and mechanical properties of pectin-carbon nanotubes films produced by chemical bonding', Food Packaging and Shelf Life, vol. 16, pp. 8-14.


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Title Physicochemical and mechanical properties of pectin-carbon nanotubes films produced by chemical bonding
Author(s) Farahnaky, A
Sharifi, S
Imani, B
Dorodmand, M
Majzoobi, M
Year 2018
Journal name Food Packaging and Shelf Life
Volume number 16
Start page 8
End page 14
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract The aim of this study was to compare composites of pectin and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) prepared by chemical interaction (CI) or physical mixing (PM). CI-pectin-CNTs composite was produced by dispersing pectin and CNTs powder in ethanol, followed by refluxing at 60 °C. Biodegradable films of the pectin-CNTs composites were then produced and their mechanical, physicochemical and thermal properties were compared using rheological, tensile, oxygen permeation, integration, swelling and color tests. The CI-pectin-CNT films were more resistant to force, had greater stiffness and elongation at break and their water barrier properties were significantly greater than those of PM-pectin-CNTs. CI-pectin-CNTs films were lighter in color and showed greater integrity and swelling ratios. These confirmed substantial improvement of properties of pectin-CNTs films by chemical bonding as compared to physical mixing. Moreover, by chemical bonding the required level and hence the potential health risks of CNTs in biopolymer films and mixtures may be reduced.
Subject Food Processing
Keyword(s) Biodegradable film
Carbon nanotubes
Chemical bonding
Mechanical properties
Pectin
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.fpsl.2018.01.004
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