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Physical properties of fish gelatin-based bio-nanocomposite films incorporated with ZnO nanorods

Jalal Rouhi12*, Shahrom Mahmud3, Nima Naderi3, CH Raymond Ooi4 and Mohamad Rusop Mahmood12

Author Affiliations

1 Centre of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NANO-SciTech Centre), Institute of Science, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor 40450, Malaysia

2 NANO-ElecTronic Centre, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor 40450, Malaysia

3 Nano-Optoelectronic Research (NOR) Lab, School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau, Pinang 11800, Malaysia

4 Department of Physics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:364  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-364

Published: 27 August 2013


Well-dispersed fish gelatin-based nanocomposites were prepared by adding ZnO nanorods (NRs) as fillers to aqueous gelatin. The effects of ZnO NR fillers on the mechanical, optical, and electrical properties of fish gelatin bio-nanocomposite films were investigated. Results showed an increase in Young's modulus and tensile strength of 42% and 25% for nanocomposites incorporated with 5% ZnO NRs, respectively, compared with unfilled gelatin-based films. UV transmission decreased to zero with the addition of a small amount of ZnO NRs in the biopolymer matrix. X-ray diffraction showed an increase in the intensity of the crystal facets of (10ī1) and (0002) with the addition of ZnO NRs in the biocomposite matrix. The surface topography of the fish gelatin films indicated an increase in surface roughness with increasing ZnO NR concentrations. The conductivity of the films also significantly increased with the addition of ZnO NRs. These results indicated that bio-nanocomposites based on ZnO NRs had great potentials for applications in packaging technology, food preservation, and UV-shielding systems.

ZnO nanorods; Fish gelatin bio-nanocomposite films; UV shielding