Chitosan-coated paper: Effects of nisin and different acids on the antimicrobial activity

Jari Vartiainen (Corresponding Author), Rose Motion, Heikki Kulonen, Marjaana Rättö, Eija Skyttä, Raija Ahvenainen

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    Chitosan coatings prominently improved both the gloss and oxygen barrier properties of paper. The gloss value in the machine direction was increased as a function of added chitosan. An oxygen‐permeability value of 1.1 cm3/m2 d was obtained when 6.9 g/m2 chitosan was applied to 80 g/m2 copy paper. In addition, the effects on the mechanical properties were positive, but not significant. The water‐vapor permeability of the paper increased as a result of the chitosan coating. Chitosan dissolved in 1.6, 3.2, and 6.4% lactic acid showed antimicrobial activity against Bacillus subtilis, whereas acetic and propionic acids (1.6, 3.2, and 6.4%) did not produce any notable activity. Nisin (0.08 g/L) did not enhance the antimicrobial activity of coatings prepared from chitosan dissolved in different acids.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)986 - 993
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • biopolymers
    • coatings
    • mechanical properties
    • permeability
    • antimicrobial activity


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