: The development of eco-friendly polymer composites with multifunctional properties aligns with the goals of the circular economy agenda, which aims to minimize waste and promote the sustainable use of resources by closing the loop of product life cycles. Eco-friendly polymer composites play a crucial role in achieving these objectives. The present work focuses on the preparation of fully biobased blends obtained by melt mixing a bio-polyester, poly(butylene succinate-co-adipate) (PBSA), with orange peels up to 20 wt%, to yield active polymer composites. Orange peels, employed here as natural filler, are largely available from food wastes, they are rich in phenolic compounds and possess antioxidant activity as shown by the experimental tests carried out. The thermal stability of the formulated composites is almost unchanged by the filler addition, showing only a slight decrease of the crystallization temperatures and crystalline fraction within the composites. The mechanical properties of the compounds evidence an increase in the elastic modulus together with a decrease in the tensile strength, while the elongation at break remains almost constant. The incorporation of the natural filler enabled the integration of antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which were absent in the original pristine polymer.

Pagliarini E., Minichiello C., Sisti L., Totaro G., Baffoni L., Di Gioia D., et al. (2024). From food waste to eco-friendly functionalized polymer composites: Investigation of orange peels as active filler. NEW BIOTECHNOLOGY, 80, 37-45 [10.1016/j.nbt.2024.01.001].

From food waste to eco-friendly functionalized polymer composites: Investigation of orange peels as active filler

Pagliarini E.;Minichiello C.;Sisti L.
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Baffoni L.;Di Gioia D.;Saccani A.
2024

Abstract

: The development of eco-friendly polymer composites with multifunctional properties aligns with the goals of the circular economy agenda, which aims to minimize waste and promote the sustainable use of resources by closing the loop of product life cycles. Eco-friendly polymer composites play a crucial role in achieving these objectives. The present work focuses on the preparation of fully biobased blends obtained by melt mixing a bio-polyester, poly(butylene succinate-co-adipate) (PBSA), with orange peels up to 20 wt%, to yield active polymer composites. Orange peels, employed here as natural filler, are largely available from food wastes, they are rich in phenolic compounds and possess antioxidant activity as shown by the experimental tests carried out. The thermal stability of the formulated composites is almost unchanged by the filler addition, showing only a slight decrease of the crystallization temperatures and crystalline fraction within the composites. The mechanical properties of the compounds evidence an increase in the elastic modulus together with a decrease in the tensile strength, while the elongation at break remains almost constant. The incorporation of the natural filler enabled the integration of antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which were absent in the original pristine polymer.
2024
Pagliarini E., Minichiello C., Sisti L., Totaro G., Baffoni L., Di Gioia D., et al. (2024). From food waste to eco-friendly functionalized polymer composites: Investigation of orange peels as active filler. NEW BIOTECHNOLOGY, 80, 37-45 [10.1016/j.nbt.2024.01.001].
Pagliarini E.; Minichiello C.; Sisti L.; Totaro G.; Baffoni L.; Di Gioia D.; Saccani A.
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