Institute of Crystallography - CNR

Fabrication of packaging paper sheets decorated with alginate/oxidized nanocellulose-silver nanoparticles bio-nanocomposite

Packaging is as important as the product itself because it is a crucial marketing and communication tool for business. Oxidized nanocellulose (ONC), extracted from agriculture residues of bagasse raw material using ecofriendly ammonium persulfate hydrolysis method, is used as support/reducing agent for the generation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) via photochemical procedure and reinforcing element in paper functionalization. The natural polymer, sodium alginate (SA) is exploited to enhance the binding of the ONC-AgNPs over cellulose fibers. The SA/ONC-AgNPs bio-nanocomposite is incorporated on paper matrix, which represents a more suitable choice respect to other substrates for its renewable, biocompatible, biodegradable, and cost-effective properties. Structural and antimicrobial evaluations show that the papers embedded with the SA/ONC-AgNPs possess good mechanical, thermal, barrier and antibacterial properties.

International journal of biological macromolecules
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Adel A.M.; Al-Shemy M.T.; Diab M.A.; El-Sakhawy M.; Toro R.G.; Montanari R.; de Caro T.; Caschera D.
Authors IC CNR