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NIT Andhra Pradesh researchers use nanotechnology to create packing materials

NIT Andhra Pradesh researchers use nanotechnology to create packing materials

A group of researchers from the NIT Andhra Pradesh, India have been working on the way to reduce the amount of food that is wasted due to spoilage. They believe that an alternative to current food packaging materials could be nanoparticles used to make labels on the food.

Key Highlight:

  • Researchers from the NIT Andhra Pradesh, India have been working on the way to reduce the amount of food that is wasted due to spoilage.
  • They believe that an alternative to current food packaging materials could be nanoparticles used to make labels on the food.
  • The study demonstrates how bio-based polymers can be combined with nanoparticles to produce more efficient and effective packing materials.

Nanotechnology can create food packaging materials that extend shelf life, maintain quality, and retain flavor and color. A team of interdisciplinary researchers led by Dr Tingirikari Jagan Mohan Rao at NIT Andhra Pradesh carried out this study.

NIT Andhra Pradesh researchers have developed nanoparticle-powered food packaging materials. This was done in collaboration with other institutes. Researchers demonstrated how the concept of nanotechnology could be used to create food packaging materials that improve shelf-life, maintain quality, and retain the flavor and color of packed food materials.

Researchers team

This study was carried out by a team of interdisciplinary researchers led by Dr. Tingirikari Jagan Mohan Rao, assistant professor at NIT Andhra Pradesh’s Department of Biotechnology.

Ms. Akriti Tirkey, PhD., Mizoram University, and Dr. Punuri Jayasekhar Babu, Assistant Professor, Biomaterials and Bioengineering Research Laboratory, Department of Biotechnology, Pachhunga University College, Mizoram University, co-authored the published article.

The study’s key findings

“The research emphasizes the role of nanoparticles in providing mechanical stability to packing material and shows how nano-sensors can be developed to detect pathogens, contamination, pesticides, and allergens and enhance the antimicrobial properties of packing material to prevent food spoilage and contamination,” says Dr. Tingirikari Jagan Mohan Rao.

Further research includes a discussion of the role of various government agencies in addressing safety concerns by enacting legislation and regulations governing the use and application of nanomaterials.

The study demonstrates how bio-based polymers can be combined with nanoparticles to produce more efficient and effective packing materials.

The study also emphasized the importance of maintaining transparency in evaluating the effects of nanoparticles on humans and the environment and how researchers and industries should develop products that are readily accepted by the public.

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