Project: Double-sided bio-treatment of polymeric foil for food packaging using coupled DBD-Corona non-thermal plasma

Acronym PlasmaPack (Reference Number: MNET20/NMCS-3742)
Duration 01/01/2021 - 01/01/2023
Project Topic The advantages of polymeric food packaging are widely recognized but the improper sterilization and/or disinfection of inner-surface of polymer in contact with food may represent a major risk in food safety. On the other hand, the next generation of food packaging should be suitable for incorporating e-labels and smart labels in order to improve the traceability of the food products. The most important issue is related to both inner and outer surfaces of polymeric foil treatment, playing an important role in packaging and should satisfy the expectations in respect to food safety and labelling quality. In this regard, non-thermal plasma (NTP) emerged as technology capable of increasing the surface energy of polymers, enhancing adhesion and printability, and has been successfully applied for surface decontamination of both food products and food packaging. Accordingly, PlasmaPack aims to develop a technology based on NTP plasma (coupled DBD-Corona discharges) for double-sided treatment of polymeric foil used in food packaging. This will lead to proper disinfection (sterilization) of inner surface and facilitates smart labels printing on outer surface.

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi Coordinator Romania
2 ProSupport Consulting SRL Partner Romania
3 Poşetsan Ambalaj San. Ve Tic A.Ş. Partner Turkey
4 Istanbul Technical University Partner Turkey