This issue of Nanotech TOE covers innovations related to applications of nanotechnology in F&B packaging. With the progress in the research and development of nanocomposites, they have been found to be very promising in the food packaging industry. Nanocomposites add value to products in the packaging sector as they provide improved barriers; mechanical, thermal, and biodegradable properties; and applications in active and intelligent food packaging. Polymer nanocomposites along with other forms such as silicate nanocomposites and zinc oxide nanocomposites can minimize food losses and provide safe and sound food products. Some common nanoparticles based on zinc oxide, titanium oxide, and nanosilver are applied directly to plastic films to develop nanocomposites for intelligent food packaging. North America dominates in this initiative followed by Asia Pacfic wherein R&D is still niche but growing at an attractive pace.
The Nanotech TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on nanotechnology-related innovations and their impact across various industries. Technology focus areas include nanomaterials, nanocoatings, nanohealthcare, nanomedicine, and nanomanufacturing.
The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Polymer nancomposites, gas barrier, intelligent packaging, nanoclays