Natural Compounds as Sustainable Additives for Biopolymers

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In the last few decades, the interest towards natural compounds, coming from a naturalsource and biodegradable, for biopolymers is always increasing because of a public request for theformulation of safe, eco-friendly, and sustainable materials. The main classes of natural compoundsfor biopolymers are: (i) naturally occurring fillers (nFil), such as nano-/micro- sized layeredalumino-silicate: halloysite, bentonite, montmorillonite, hydroxyapatite, calcium carbonate, etc.; (ii)naturally occurring fibers (nFib), such as wood and vegetable fibers; (iii) naturally occurringantioxidant molecules (nAO), such as phenols, polyphenols, vitamins, and carotenoids. However,in this short review, the advantages and drawbacks, considering naturally occurring compounds assafe, eco-friendly, and sustainable additives for biopolymers, have been focused and discussedbriefly, even taking into account the requests and needs of different application fields.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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