Water barrier properties of carboxymethyl cellulose/halloysite nanotubes nanocomposite to be used in food packaging applications


  • S.N. Wijesooriya Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Livestock, Fisheries & Nutrition, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Gonawila (NWP)
  • N. Adassooriya Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Faculty of engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya Sri Lanka




In this research, novel carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) based nanocomposite film containing 5%wt of halloysite nanotubes (HNT) was fabricated via solvent casting method as a potential biodegradable packaging material. The performances of the nanocomposite packaging material was investigated by assessing the moisture content, moisture uptake, water solubility, water vapor barrier properties and opacity. The incorporation of 5%wt HNT into the film remarkably reduced the moisture uptake by ∼ 28.01% at 97% RH and 31.08% at 40% RH. Water permeability value of CMC/HNT film showed as 7.08 ± 0.26 × 10−11 gm/m2Pas at freezing, 3.37 ± 0.33 × 10−11 gm/m2Pas at refrigeration and 1.14 ± 0.00 × 10−11 gm/m2Pas at ambient environmental conditions respectively. Subsequent to the thermal annealing process, the water vapor permeation ability was drastically declined in the HNT added nanocomposite films at all three different conditions (freezing, refrigeration and ambient) due to enhancing the crystalline structure. Furthermore, the addition of nanofillers into the polymer matrix significantly induced the UV blocking property of the film. These findings disclosed that prepared CMC/5%HNT nanocomposite films can be a potential food packaging material.
Keywords: barrier properties, carboxy methyl cellulose, halloysite nanotubes