Nanomaterials for Food Packaging

Nanomaterials for Food Packaging

Materials, Processing Technologies, and Safety Issues

1st Edition - May 10, 2018

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  • Editors: Miguel Angelo Parente Ribeiro Cerqueira, Jose Maria Lagaron, Lorenzo Miguel Pastrana Castro, Antonio Augusto Martins de Oliveira Soares Vicente
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323512725
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323512718

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Nanotechnology for Food Packaging: Materials, Processing Technologies, and Safety Issues showcases the latest research in the use of nanotechnology in food packaging, providing an in-depth and interdisciplinary overview of the field. Nanoscale advances in materials science, processing technology and analytical techniques have led to the introduction of new, cheaper and safer packaging techniques. Simultaneously, the increasing use of renewable nanomaterials has made food packaging more sustainable. Chapters provide a comprehensive review on materials used, their structure–function relationship, and new processing technologies for the application and production of nanotechnology-based packaging materials. In addition, the book discusses the use of functional materials for the development of active, smart and intelligent packaging, possible migration and toxicity of nanomaterials for foods and regulatory aspects, and commercial applications.

Key Features

  • Provides detailed information on the use of nanomaterials and methodologies in food packaging, possible applications and regulatory barriers to commercialization
  • Presents an interdisciplinary approach that brings together materials science, bioscience, and the industrial and regulatory aspects of the creation and uses of food packaging
  • Helps those undertaking research and development in food packaging gain a cogent understanding on how nanotechnology is leading to the emergence of new packaging technologies


Materials Scientists, and Nanoscientists working in the area of packaging technology, health and safety and sustainability

Table of Contents

  • 1. Nanotechnology in food packaging: opportunities and challenges
    2. Inorganic-based nanostructures and their use in food packaging (clays, silica, Ag)
    3. Cellulose-based nanostructures and their use in food packaging (nanocrystal, nanowhiskers, nanofibers)
    4. Bio-based nanocomposites (starch nanocrystal, chitosan nanoparticles, proteins, polysaccharides, PHB, PLA)
    5. Structure–property relationships in polymer nanocomposites for food packaging
    6. Production and processing of nanocomposites (melting extrusion, film-bowing, new challenges)
    7. Nanostructured multilayer films (Layer-by-layer, electrospinning)
    8. Active and smart packaging (antimicrobial nanocomposites, loaded nanostructures, scavenging, examples)
    9. Intelligent packaging (sensors, detection of molecules, examples)
    10. Potential migration of nanocomposites for foods (used testes, examples, challenges)
    11. Safety and regulatory issues (health, environmental aspects)
    12. Commercial applications (products in the market, patents)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 346
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: May 10, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323512725
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323512718

About the Editors

Miguel Angelo Parente Ribeiro Cerqueira

Miguel Cerqueira holds a PhD degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Minho (UMinho). His PhD thesis was awarded for the best PhD Thesis by the School of Engineering of UMinho which was focused on edible coating and films for dairy products. In 2011, he started as a Postdoctoral Researcher aiming the development and characterization of bio‐based nanostructures for food applications where he gained expertise on biodegradable films and coatings for food packaging, encapsulation of functional compounds using emergent encapsulation technologies, and on the development and characterisation of emulgels and oleogels for functional foods. Since 2011 he has been working as invited professor in the UMinho. In 2016, he joined the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory to work in the Food Processing and Nutrition group.

Affiliations and Expertise

Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal

Jose Maria Lagaron

Jose Maria Lagaron is currently Senior Research Scientist and Project-Leader at the Packaging Lab. of the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA) of the Superior Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), and Lecturer of Materials Science at the Department of Technology, Polymers Group of the Area of Materials of the University Jaume I in Castellón, Spain

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Scientist and Project-Leader, Packaging Laboratory of the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA)

Lorenzo Miguel Pastrana Castro

Lorenzo Pastrana has a PhD in Pharmacy and is full Professor of Food Science at the University of Vigo, Spain. He has 25 years’ experience in research and teaching in the areas of Food Processing, Biotechnology and Bionanotechnology. He is currently the head of the Department of Life Sciences at INL. He is author of more than 120 scientific papers and PI of more than 30 National and European research projects. He is the author of seven patents (four of which are licensed), related to the development of new food products and process as well.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor of Food Science, University of Vigo, Pontevedra, Ourense, Vigo, Galicia, Spain

Antonio Augusto Martins de Oliveira Soares Vicente

António Augusto Martins de Oliveira Soares Vicente is an Associate Professor at the Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. His research focuses on developing functionalized nanostructured delivery systems for food applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

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