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DAFM National Call 2011 11F038 UCC (UCD) €499,978

Project Title:

Manufacture, application and assessment of smart packaging concepts consisting of novel nanoparticle technologies (metaland non-metal-based) in conventional food packaging systems

Project Coordinator:

Dr Malco Cruz Romera

Project Abstract

SMARTPACK2 builds on the FIRM SMARTPACK project which assisted in the development of a core competence in nanoparticle (NP) research in the food/food packaging area within UCC/UCD. SMARTPACK has been a successful project and has led to significant technological developments in nanoparticles (NPs) which have been incorporated into polymeric materials and assessed for antimicrobial action, mechanical properties and particle migration. Data generated from SMARTPACK are progressing through IP protection processes currently. However, a number of issues arose out of SMARTPACK. It became evident that material surface chemistries required improvement so that stable surface coating of polymers using NPs might be achieved. Additionally, the development of foodderived-NPs for food packaging applications would offer a more attractive route to commercialization and application than metal-derived-NPs. SMARTPACK2 is a completely new project and designed to address these issues. This will be accomplished by investigating methodologies which could alter the surface chemistries of both packaging materials/NPs so that surface coating/attachment of antimicrobial-NPs to packaging surfaces is achieved. SMARTPACK2 will investigate the possibility of producing novel forms of NPs created from food ingredients possessing antimicrobial properties. SMARTPACK2 will also access NP-treated packaging materials (both metal-based- and non-metal-based-NPs) for application to both internal/external surfaces of packaging materials and these assessed for contamination potential. Additionally, all nano-films will be assessed in terms of their effects on food quality, shelf-life extension and toxicology. As in SMARTPACK, NP migration to food surfaces will be assessed by exposing food samples to different contact times/temperatures. Samples will subsequently be examined for attachment/migration of NPs onto various food products using a combination of imaging and analytical techniques as previously described in SMARTPACK. Potential human exposure levels to NPs will be assessed.

Final Report:

Not available yet.