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Enhanced mechanical and antioxidant properties of biodegradable poly (lactic) acid?poly(3?hydroxybutyrate?co?4?hydroxybutyrate) film utilizing ??tocopherol for peach storage

PLA?based films were modified and prepared by blending and casting methods. Physical, thermal and antioxidant properties of the film were characterized. PLA?PHB???tocopherol film effectively inhibits the decay and extends the shelf life of peaches as demonstrated by LF?NMR analysis.Poly (lactic) acid?poly(3?hydroxybutyrate?co?4?hydroxybutyrate) (PLA?PHB) blends were prepared through melting method and incorporated with ??tocopherol. The structural, thermal, mechanical and antioxidant properties of resulting active films were characterized, and its preservation effect on peaches (Prunus persica L.) was investigated. Results revealed that the glass transition temperature (Tg) of PLA film was reduced from 53.2°C to 39.7°C after addition of plasticizer but increased again to 43.3°C after supplementation with ??tocopherol. PLA?PHB are polyesters with carboxylic groups that interacted with the hydroxide groups of ??tocopherol. Furthermore water vapour permeability, gas permeability and elongation at break were significantly improved, and 72.1% 2,2?diphenyl?1?picrylhydrazyl free radical scavenging activity was observed. PLA?PHB???tocopherol group revealed higher combined water and less oxidative spoilage through low?field nuclear magnetic resonance (LF?NMR) and effectively extended the shelf life of peach. Thus, the plasticized PLA?PHB???tocopherol film can be used as an active biodegradable packaging for fruits and vegetables.

Publication date: 28/12/2020

Author: Jinyong Jiang, Qingfeng Dong, Haiyan Gao, Yanchao Han, Li Li

Reference: doi:10.1002/pts.2553

Packaging Technology and Science


This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.