Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: September 14, 2005
Publication Date: September 28, 2006
Citation: Liu, L.S., Tunick, M.H., Fishman, M.L., Hicks, K.B., Cooke, P.H., Coffin, D. R. 2006. Pectin based networks for non-food applications. In Advances in Biopolymers: Molecules, Clusters, Networks and Interactions, M. L. Fishman, L. Wicker, and P. X. Qi (Eds.) ACS Symposium Series 935, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, USA. pp 272-283. Technical Abstract: Two types of pectin based composite networks were prepared and evaluated in this study: (I) Pectin-protein composite films and (II) Pectin gels incorporated with silicate nanoparticles. The structural and mechanical characterizations indicated that the properties of the composite films could be controlled by altering the compositions and the ratios of components, or by cross-linking. The pectin-silicate gels were loaded onto the surfaces of paper strips to form a coating layer. The coating layer enhanced the flame retardancy and was able to retain the basic functionalities of the papers.