Current Applications of Bionanocomposites in Food Processing and Packaging

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Nanotechnology advances are rapidly spreading through the food science field; however, their major application has been focused on the development of novel packaging materials reinforced with nanoparticles. Bionanocomposites are formed with a bio-based polymeric material incorporated with components at a nanoscale size. These bionanocomposites can also be applied to preparing an encapsulation system aimed at the controlled release of active compounds, which is more related to the development of novel ingredients in the food science and technology field. The fast development of this knowledge is driven by consumer demand for more natural and environmentally friendly products, which explains the preference for biodegradable materials and additives obtained from natural sources. In this review, the latest developments of bionanocomposites for food processing (encapsulation technology) and food packaging applications are gathered.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2336
Number of pages23
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2023


  • active packaging
  • biodegradable polymers
  • encapsulation
  • food safety
  • food technology
  • intelligent packaging
  • nanotechnology


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