Composite Foams Made from Biodegradable Polymers for Food Packaging Applications

  • Luis M. Araque
  • Vera A. Alvarez
  • Tomy J. GutiérrezEmail author


Polymeric foams are cell structures (porous microstructures) that have been frequently made from synthetic polymers for use in the development of food packaging. Due to the problems concerning the environmental impact caused by polymers from the petrochemical industry, the foams have been more recently studied from biodegradable polymers. However, the polymer materials obtained are usually susceptible to moisture, thus conditioning the collapse of the porous structure of the material. As an alternative, the composite foams have been investigated from nanofillers such as clays, cellulose, nanoparticles, among others. This chapter aims to analyze the recent advances in the studies of composite foams.


Biopolymers Composite materials Polymer composites 



The authors would like to thank the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) (Postdoctoral fellowship internal PDTS-Resolution 2417), Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMdP) for financial support, and Dr. Mirian Carmona-Rodríguez.

Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis M. Araque
    • 1
  • Vera A. Alvarez
    • 2
  • Tomy J. Gutiérrez
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Graduate Program in Materials Science and EngineeringFederal University of PiauíTeresinaBrazil
  2. 2.Thermoplastic Composite Materials (CoMP) Group, Institute of Research in Materials Science and Technology (INTEMA), Faculty of EngineeringNational University of Mar del Plata (UNMdP) and National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)Mar del PlataArgentina

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