Aluminum-doped zinc oxide coatings on polylactic acid films for antimicrobial food packaging

D. Valerini, L. Tammaro, F. Di Benedetto, G. Vigliotta, L. Capodieci, R. Terzi, A. Rizzo

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Abstract

Polylactic acid (PLA) is safe for contact with food, flexible and highly transparent to visible light, so it is widely used for food packaging applications. The addition of proper surface coatings can provide further advantages, such as antimicrobial activity and optimized optical properties. To this aim, nanostructured aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) coatings were sputter-deposited onto extruded PLA film to functionalize its surface, using different sputtering power. Morphological, structural and optical characterizations were performed on uncoated and coated films, demonstrating uniform coverage of the PLA substrate with polycrystalline AZO coatings and high visible transparency. Spectrophotometric measurements carried out on physiological saline solutions containing the samples revealed low release effects from the uniformly-coated films. Finally, the sputter-coated samples exhibited strong antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli. The results of this preliminary study indicate that AZO-coated PLA films are promising materials for environment-friendly active packaging applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187 - 192
Number of pages6
JournalThin Solid Films
Volume645
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Zinc Oxide
Zinc oxide
Aluminum
food
packaging
zinc oxides
Packaging
aluminum
coatings
Coatings
acids
Acids
Escherichia
Sodium Chloride
Transparency
Escherichia coli
Sputtering
Optical properties
sputtering
optical properties

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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Valerini, D., Tammaro, L., Di Benedetto, F., Vigliotta, G., Capodieci, L., Terzi, R., & Rizzo, A. (2018). Aluminum-doped zinc oxide coatings on polylactic acid films for antimicrobial food packaging. Thin Solid Films, 645, 187 - 192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2017.10.038
Valerini, D. ; Tammaro, L. ; Di Benedetto, F. ; Vigliotta, G. ; Capodieci, L. ; Terzi, R. ; Rizzo, A. / Aluminum-doped zinc oxide coatings on polylactic acid films for antimicrobial food packaging. In: Thin Solid Films. 2018 ; Vol. 645. pp. 187 - 192.
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Valerini D, Tammaro L, Di Benedetto F, Vigliotta G, Capodieci L, Terzi R et al. Aluminum-doped zinc oxide coatings on polylactic acid films for antimicrobial food packaging. Thin Solid Films. 2018 Jan 1;645:187 - 192. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsf.2017.10.038