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Extended shelf-life biopolymers for sustainable and multifunctional food packaging solutions


The overall concept of NanoBarrier is to realize a range of sustainable and multifunctional packaging demonstrators for major food sectors in Europe by integrating innovative nanotechnology-based barrier promoters and sensor materials with biomaterial formulations in a safe and responsible manner.
Source of funds:
Scopes: Food & Beverages;Packaging;Waste, energy and water
Lines research: Development of New Advanced Materials;Packaging Systems and Technologies;Advanced Intelligent Systems;Nanomaterials

Nanotechnology-based component design:
The first set of S&T objectives of NanoBarrier is related to development of nanostructures based on renewable sources that can bring desired enhanced barrier properties and multifunctionality into novel biopolymer formulations. This nanotechnology-based technology platform ensures multifunctionality of the package performance by combining barrier against humidity and oxygen with multisensory effect for the internal and external changes of the package environment

Materials integration and design:
The second set of S&T objectives of NanoBarrier is related to integration of the nanostructures in biomaterial formulation in a safe and responsible manner, using predominately coating approaches. Special focus is on compatibility with health & safety regulations and environmental recommendations for developed and proposed nanostructures in a perspective beyond product life time.

Sustainable product design:
The third set of S&T objectives of NanoBarrier is related to sustainable demonstrator design. Since more than 70% of the final environmental impacts of the new products are determined already at the design step, these aspects should be taken into account at all steps in the packaging value chain.

7th Framework Programme

7th Framework Programme

European Union

European Union