Muhammad Muzamil | ALES Graduate Seminar

Date(s) - 10/12/2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A graduate exam seminar is a presentation of the student’s final research project for their degree.
This is an ALES MSc Final Exam Seminar by Muhammad Muzamil. This seminar is open to the general public to attend.

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Project Topic: Lipid-based bioplastics for food packaging

Course-based MSc with Dr. Aman Ullah.


Non-renewable nature and waste disposal problems are major concerns of petroleum-based plastics. Large environmental footprints and depletion of non-renewable resources have urged the researchers to find renewables and sustainable resources. Bio-based materials (like sugars, oils, proteins, starches) are the most abundant raw materials and are getting attention as renewable resources. Universal availability, low price, and biodegradability of such materials make them a promising alternative. The biopolymers from these renewable materials can be used to prepare bioplastics for food packaging.  Bioplastics are getting the attention of the food industry because of convenience, biodegradability, and less disposal waste. The utilization of lipids (plant oils) being generally non-polar can overcome some of the moisture sensitivity issues. However, bioplastics also generally have poor mechanical, thermal, and sometimes vapor and gas barrier properties. These properties could be improved with the addition of some additives, chemical or physical modification, nanofillers, blending, and coating with other polymers having desired properties. These approaches not only provide mechanically strong bioplastics but also thermally stable and with improved barrier properties against moisture and gases.