3D-printed PLA/PEO blend as biodegradable substrate coating with CoCl2 for colorimetric humidity detection

Nattanicha Chaiya, Donraporn Daranarong, Patnarin Worajittiphon, Runglawan Somsunan, Puttinan Meepowpan, Adisorn Tuantranont, Nawasit Rakbamrung, Paul D. Topham, Brian J. Tighe, Anisa Mahomed, Winita Punyodom*

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This study aimed to fabricate biodegradable substrate with colorimetric humidity indicator for detective moisture in food packaging. The poor properties of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) were enhanced by melt blending PLA with non-toxic poly(ethylene oxide) PEO at 180 °C. Specifically, three-dimensional (3D) substrates of PLA/PEO blends were fabricated by solvent-cast 3D printing. Furthermore, cobalt chloride (CoCl2) solution was printed onto the substrate with an inkjet printer to serve as a colorimetric humidity sensing indicator. It found that the flexibility and thermal stability of the PLA were improved and the hydrophilicity was increased with an increase in PEO content. Color changes and the sensitivity of this material were confirmed using image analysis and total color difference. The CoCl2 indicator displayed color changes that ranged from blue to pink under ambient conditions (above 60%RH), revealing suitable potential for frozen food packaging material with aim to detect amount of moisture in the packaging.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100829
Number of pages10
JournalFood Packaging and Shelf Life
Early online date17 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

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Funding: This research was financially supported by the Program Management Unit for Human Resources & Institutional Development, Research and Innovation, Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO), Thailand [Grant Number B16F640001]; National Electronics, Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand; the Center for Innovation in Chemistry (PERCH-CIC) and the Center of Excellence in Materials Science and Technology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. This project also received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 871650 (MEDIPOL).


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