Mechanical, Barrier and Antioxidant Properties of Chitosan Films Incorporating Cinnamaldehyde

Marco A. López-Mata, Saúl Ruiz-Cruz*, José de Jesús Ornelas-Paz, Carmen Lizette Del Toro-Sánchez, Enrique Márquez-Ríos, Norma P. Silva-Beltrán, Luis A. Cira-Chávez, Silvia E. Burruel-Ibarra

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Chitosan films (CF) [1 and 2% w/v] alone and with cinnamaldehyde (CNE) [0.25, 0.5 and 1% v/v] were prepared using an emulsion method, and the obtained films were characterized in terms of water vapor permeability (WVP), water solubility and optical, mechanical and antioxidant properties. The incorporation of CNE at 1% (v/v) significantly decreased the water solubility of the film by approximately 4% for the 1 and 2% CF films, whereas the WVP increased (2.5–3.5 times). The incorporation of CNE (0.25 and 0.5%) into 2% CF significantly increased the tensile strength (TS) (62 and 34%, respectively) and the percent elongation (%E) values, 26, 30 and 52% for CF that contained 0.25, 0.5 and 1% CNE, respectively. The largest value of the elasticity modulus (EM) was observed for 2% CF with 0.25% CNE. All films exhibited a yellow appearance (b*), but the CNE content had a marked impact on the coloration of the films. The CNE recoveries of the CF films (1 and 2%) with 1% of CNE were high (43 and 67%). The antioxidant activities indicated that the incorporation of 1% CNE into CF films (1 and 2%) increased the antioxidant activity. The protective effects of the films with and without CNE on erythrocytes were very strong (36–72% hemolysis inhibition). These results suggest there are potential applications for CF-CNE films as active packaging for the preservation of food products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-461
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Polymers and the Environment
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
Financial support from ITSON (PROFAPI 00500) is gratefully acknowledged.

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© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Antioxidant
  • Chitosan film
  • Cinnamaldehyde
  • Hemolysis
  • Solubility


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