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September 9th, 2009

Nanomaterials could have a huge impact on environment and health

Abstract:
Nanomaterials are just too tiny to ignore. They're increasingly being used in packaging and can have the potential to improve a variety of packaging-performance attributes such as oxygen and moisture blockage, ink or dye-free coloration and increased strength while lightweighting.

Nanomaterials can also make packaging "smart" by introducing properties that can react and respond to environmental conditions. For example, a leading food company, in collaboration with Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut, is developing nanoparticle films that can "warn" consumers when food becomes unsafe for consumption by changing color. Researchers in The Netherlands are also experimenting with a nanotechnology "bio-switch" that will release preservatives if food spoilage is detected.

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