Cellulose nanofibrils in biobased multilayer films for food packaging

Mika Vähä-Nissi, Hanna M. Koivula, Heidi M. Räisänen, Jari Vartiainen, Pietro Ragni, Eija Kenttä, timo Kaljunen, Tero Malm, Hannu Minkkinen, Ali Harlin

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate a thin, TEMPO-oxidized (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl -mediated oxidation) cellulose nanofibril (CNF) coating as a barrier layer in multilayer packaging films together with biobased polyethylenes. The purpose was also to explore the possible interactions between food products and the biobased films, and to evaluate the feasibility of these films for packaging of dry foods. CNF provided the biobased multilayer films with an oxygen barrier suitable for both demanding food products and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). The MAP pouches made of these multilayer films retained their atmosphere and shape and protected ground hazelnuts from further oxidation for the storage time used in this study. However, irradiation used to sterilize packed foods and aroma compounds from clove in particular impaired the oxygen barrier property of the CNF layer, while the water vapor barrier property of the multilayer films remained unaffected.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number44830
    JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
    Issue number19
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • biopolymers and renewable polymers
    • coatings
    • films
    • packaging


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