Application of chitosan as biomaterial for active packaging of ethylene absorber

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Chitosan was used for active packaging of ethylene absorber that can change the head space of food packaging to extend the shelf life. The purpose of this study was to develop active packaging from chitosan and KMnO4 and apply the active film to package tomatoes. Active film was prepared by mixing chitosan 6 g, 140 mL of acetic acid 1%, 60 mL of aquadest, 2 mL sorbitol, and KMnO4 with concentration of 3 g, 5 g, and 7 g. After 5 days of storage, the film used to wrap the tomatoes was sweated. The best formulation to absorb the ethylene was made from 7 g of KMnO4 since it could inhibit tomatoes from shortly ripening compared to other formulations. The fruits were packed at room temperature had a high hardness as much as 17,79 mm/50mg/5s compared to the control of 3,47 mm/50mg/5s, while at the refrigerator, the tomato had lower hardness value of the 2,72 mm/50mg/5s compared to the control of 4,29 mm/50mg/5s. Addition of KMnO4 on the film could maintain the value °Hue either for all treated sample and control in the range of the yellow to red.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012036
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Biomass: Toward Sustainable Biomass Utilization for Industrial and Energy Applications, ICB 2017 - Bogor, Indonesia
Duration: 24 Jul 201725 Jul 2017


  • Biomaterial
  • chitosan
  • ethylene absorber
  • tomatoes


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