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??polylysine and chitosan functionalized hydrophobic pulp board is demonstrated as an antimicrobial food storage container. Chitosan functionalization solves the intrinsic hydrophilic properties of ??polylysine and prevents the bacterial growth for 15?days. As a proof?of?concept study, lunch boxes made of our antimicrobial pulp boards keep the strawberries fresh for at least 5?days.AbstractThe production of paper?based food packaging materials is of vital importance as the release of microplastics into aqueous environment and food chain has aroused significant public concern. In this study, antibacterial pulp board was demonstrated by co?spraying chitosan (CS) and ??polylysine (??PL) on wet sheet and dried to form fibrous pulp board (??PL?CS). ??PL functionalization showed great antibacterial performance while its hydrophilicity limited its further application for food packaging. Interestingly, ??PL?CS pulp board not only demonstrated excellent antibacterial performance (99.99% against both bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli), but also maintained high hydrophobicity (ca. 135°) and water resistance due to the positive charge of ??PL and CS as well as penetration of CS into pulp board. In addition, CS functionalization significantly improved the mechanical strength of the pulp board by around 100% (20?MPa). More importantly, the ??PL?CS pulp board could successfully prevent bacteria growth within 15?days at room temperature due to their high hydrophobicity and smooth surface, indicating the long?term stability as packaging materials. Satisfactory strawberry storage stability of ??PL?CS cardboard lunch box provided great application promise for the development of antimicrobial packaging materials.

Publication date: 18/06/2022

Journal of Applied Polymer 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.