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Glucomannan for Food Packaging Biofilms: Faceting of the Polymer Film

EasyChair Preprint no. 6135

16 pagesDate: July 22, 2021

Abstract

Glucomannan, natural hemicellulose that comes from the roots of a plant called Konjac, is a promising material for food packaging and printed electronics films. Unlike petroleum-based films, glucomannan films are biodegradable, safe, and eco-friendly.  Glucomannan films should be transparent, clear, create water vapor and oxygen barriers, and have good mechanical properties. In this work, the films were formulated from three constituents: glucomannan, surfactant, and plasticizer. Mixing the ingredients was done at a constant temperature at 35oC and 6000 rpm. Upon drying in an Environmental Chamber (50oC and 11.4% RH and 18-36 hours); after 3 hours, the films, showed shape transformation and surfactant freezing and depositing on the glucomannan-water interface.  This deformation structure had shapes that looked like polygons and long fibers. This is the faceting of the droplets of glucomannan gel solution during the slow cooling process or so-called interfacial freezing phenomena. Faceting of the glucomannan gel droplets reduced the film’s clarity, strength, and vapor’s permeability. These deformed films are not suitable for packaging nor for printed electronics. We found that for a successful film formation, controlling the reaction temperature of the components at 40oC and the drying conditions in an Environmental chamber (570C and 35% RH) is necessary

Keyphrases: biofilms, faceting, glucomannan, Packaging, stretch wrapping films, Surfynol 104H

BibTeX entry
BibTeX does not have the right entry for preprints. This is a hack for producing the correct reference:
@Booklet{EasyChair:6135,
  author = {Kholoud Al-Ajlouni and Paul D. Fleming and Alexandra Pekarovicova},
  title = {Glucomannan for Food Packaging Biofilms: Faceting of the Polymer Film},
  howpublished = {EasyChair Preprint no. 6135},

  year = {EasyChair, 2021}}
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