Metal oxide nanostructures in food applications: Quality control and packaging

Vardan Galstyan, Manohar P. Bhandari, Veronica Sberveglieri, Giorgio Sberveglieri, Elisabetta Comini

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Metal oxide materials have been applied in different fields due to their excellent functional properties. Metal oxides nanostructuration, preparation with the various morphologies, and their coupling with other structures enhance the unique properties of the materials and open new perspectives for their application in the food industry. Chemical gas sensors that are based on semiconducting metal oxide materials can detect the presence of toxins and volatile organic compounds that are produced in food products due to their spoilage and hazardous processes that may take place during the food aging and transportation. Metal oxide nanomaterials can be used in food processing, packaging, and the preservation industry as well. Moreover, the metal oxide-based nanocomposite structures can provide many advantageous features to the final food packaging material, such as antimicrobial activity, enzyme immobilization, oxygen scavenging, mechanical strength, increasing the stability and the shelf life of food, and securing the food against humidity, temperature, and other physiological factors. In this paper, we review the most recent achievements on the synthesis of metal oxide-based nanostructures and their applications in food quality monitoring and active and intelligent packaging.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Antimicrobial activity
  • Food packaging
  • Food quality
  • Gas sensor
  • Metal oxide
  • Nanostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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