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Halonen N, Pálvölgyi PS, Bassani A, Fiorentini C, Nair R, Spigno G and Kordas K (2020) Bio-Based Smart Materials for Food Packaging and Sensors – A Review. Front. Mater. 7:82. doi: 10.3389/fmats.2020.00082

Bio-based smart materials for food packaging and sensors : a review

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Author: Halonen, Niina1; Pálvölgyi, Petra S.1; Bassani, Andrea2;
Organizations: 1Microelectronics Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2DiSTAS - Department for Sustainable Food Process, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy
3Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Ghent, Belgium
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Frontiers Media, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-07-10


Food industry must guarantee food safety and seek sustainable solutions for increasing shelf life and decreasing food waste. Bio-based smart packaging is a potential option, where sustainability and real-time monitoring of food quality are combined assuring health safety and providing economic and environmental benefits. In this context, bio-based refers not only to packaging materials that are from renewable sources and biodegradable, but also to the sensor elements. The scope of this review is to explore the state-of-the-art of bio-based polymers used as food contact materials and to highlight the potential of natural compounds for sensing chemical and physical changes of the environment to monitor the food quality. Finally, different sustainability aspects of the bio-based materials are discussed.

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Series: Frontiers in materials
ISSN: 2296-8016
ISSN-E: 2296-8016
ISSN-L: 2296-8016
Volume: 7
Article number: 82
DOI: 10.3389/fmats.2020.00082
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 221 Nanotechnology
Funding: The authors kindly acknowledge financial support from the EU Horizon 2020 – BBI JU under agreement no. 792261 NewPack, and EU Interreg Nord – Lapin liitto under agreement no. 20201468 Flexible transparent conductive films as electrodes.
EU Grant Number: (792261) NEWPACK - Development of new Competitive and Sustainable Bio-Based Plastics
Copyright information: © 2020 Halonen, Pálvölgyi, Bassani, Fiorentini, Nair, Spigno and Kordas. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.