Multifunctional starch-based  barrier materials, TAPPI Journal August 2021

Application: This paper highlights ways for industry to explore new ways of using starches for traditional and non-traditional barrier applications.

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Author: Pradnya Rao, Chinmay Satam, Ashok Ghosh, and Peter W. Hart
Multifunctional starch-based barrier materials, TAPPI Journ
ABSTRACT: Natural and renewable polymer-based barrier materials play an inevitable role in a sustainable economy. Most commercially available barrier materials are either based on multiple layers of synthetic polymers or petroleum-based chemicals. Tremendous amounts of research are being done in academia and industry to replace these synthetic barrier materials with natural and environmentally friendly materials. The current work summarizes the application of starch-based materials for various barrier applications, such as water vapor, oxygen, liquid water, oil, and grease. Also, exotic starch-based barrier materials for the application of sound, ultraviolet, and thermal barrier applications are reviewed. The potential of starch-based materials to offer antimicrobial and antiviral properties is discussed. Finally, commercially available starch-based barrier materials have been summarized.

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