Journal of Polymers and the Environment

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 2120–2129 | Cite as

Transformation of Chicken Feather Keratin and Pomelo Peel Pectin into Biodegradable Composite Film

  • Pulak Das
  • Purba Prasad Borah
  • Laxmikant S. Badwaik
Original Paper


The study was planned to utilize chicken feather protein (CFP) and pomelo peel pectin (PPP) to develop the composite film. The five films were prepared with varying proportion of CFP and PPP in ratio of 0:100 (F1), 25:75 (F2), 50:50 (F3), 75:25 (F4) and 100:0 (F5). All films were tested for their mechanical and barrier properties. However, among all the composite films, F2 film was more adequate by considering its overall properties. The WVP, moisture absorption, water solubility, breakage strength and elongation of F2 film were reported as 14.27 × 10−9 g/Pa h m, 13.83, 100%, 285.885 g and 13.17% respectively and it was ahead of the other films. The selected film F2 was used for wrapping of the fried fish fillet and was stored for 5 days in a closed container and compared with unwrapped fried fish fillet. Wrapping of fried fish fillets resulted in less weight loss, lowered hardness value and reduction in surface microbial count.


Chicken feather keratin Pomelo peel pectin Composite film 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pulak Das
    • 1
  • Purba Prasad Borah
    • 1
  • Laxmikant S. Badwaik
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Food Engineering and Technology, School of EngineeringTezpur UniversityNapaamIndia

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