Increasing the shelf-life with innovative MOF packaging

“Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are hybrid materials with high porosity and tunable physical and chemical properties. Due to their properties, MOFs are utilized for different purposes in the food industry. Moreover, these materials display good biocompatibility and have not shown adverse reactions during testing.

The incorporation of MOFs into packaging materials can provide antimicrobial properties. For example, ZIF-8 MOF nanoparticles were tested in a chitosan-based polymer. According to the report, the material exhibited hydrophobicity and resistant mechanical properties. Keeping the optimal water content constant is essential to retain the freshness and avoid bacterial and fungal growth. The material containing the ZIF-8 MOF showed a 100% antibacterial performance against microorganisms like Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli.

MOFs are versatile materials that can offer several properties such as:

  • Antibacterial activity
  • Ethylene removal
  • Oxygen and water scavengers
  • Invisible labeling

The application of MOFs materials in the food industry is not limited to packaging. They can be applied for the detection of toxic compounds, safety monitoring, and sanitation.”

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Published by RenSun Lee

Kia ora! Sustainability is at the core of my soul ever since I was a kid. I always strive to finish the food on my plate and live as a minimalist. I love to cut down on waste in order to live sustainably and harmoniously with our planet. This brings me to my passion as a Food Scientist to integrate new technologies into innovative and creative solutions to meet customer demands and market trends and to optimize products and processes for quality, savings and sustainability. To these goals, I have published a Journal on my work on sustainable packaging and patented a new Antimicrobial wash. Nothing is more satisfying than working hard and smart at the workplace and playing hard outside of working hours. I enjoy rejuvenating myself through spending quality time with my two adorable kids and my awesome soul mate and getting close to nature when possible, be it gardening, tramping or going to the beach. I also love to learn about our magnificent universe and how sustainability is working in the grand scheme of things. I strongly believe that Work, Life & Balance is the key to a healthy state of mind, both physically and mentally. I look forward to making a positive difference wherever and whenever I can. Through this Blog, I hope to catalog recent Food Trends and Food Technologies that I come across so that anyone who is interested can have access to it (articles and resources). Please use these resources at your discretion. On top of that, I would also like to share related news and technologies of the future that would help mankind advance towards a Type 1 Civilization. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to share and contribute to the “Resources“. I would like to thank you in advance for dropping by. I sincerely hope that you can benefit from the recent Food Trends and Food Technologies I catalogued. Kind regards | Ngā mihi RenSun Lee

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