Dr. Ece SOGUT is a research assistant of Food Engineering at Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ege University in 2009. In 2011, she earned her M.Sc. degree with her thesis titled “Investigation of Frying Process of Battered Chicken Meat Treated with Grape Seed” from the same University. In 2015, she won a scholarship to complete her Ph.D project in Spain at Universitat Politècnica de València, Institute of Food Engineering for Development. She completed her Ph.D. degree with “Development of Antioxidant, Antimicrobial Nanocomposite Films and Their Food Applications” in Food Engineering Department at Suleyman Demirel University.
Presentation Title: Synthetic polymer coating on biopolymers intended for food packaging applications
Synthetic-plastics have been widely used in food industry due to their excellent properties. However, they cause some environmental problems when not used properly. Problems like global-warming have increased environmental-consciousness and the tendency towards environmentally-friendly products has reached considerable levels. Biopolymers are substitutes for synthetic-plastics, but due to their limited use and cost, they cannot easily replace synthetic-plastics. The first step, before direct use of biopolymers, could be combining of biopolymers with synthetic-plastics or enhancing with natural nanofillers. Iin this study, a biopolymer, chitosan (CH), which including D-limonene (5%) and nanocellulose (N) (2%) was coated with a synthetic-plastic, polycaprolactone (PCL). PCL layer improved permeability and increased the suitability of CH for packaging applications.