Effect of Silver nanoparticles on the biodegradation of Banana Peel based Bioplastics
Saritha Chandran A, Ushamani M
Banana peel, Biodegradation, Bioplastics, shelf-life, soil degradation, silver nanoparticles, Ocimum tenuiflorum.
Bioplastics were prepared from banana peel extract. The biodegradability of the prepared bioplastics in soil and the shelf-life of bioplastics was investigated. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were prepared using leaves of Ocimum tenuiflorum (Tulsi) extract. The AgNPs were characterized using XRD. The average particle size was 17. 185 nm. Another set of bioplastics from banana peel extract was prepared by incorporating the prepared AgNPs. The biodegradability and shelf-life of these bioplastics were compared with virgin samples. The bioplastic was observed to have a shelf life of 10 days only. But the shelf life of the silver nanoparticles incorporated bioplastic increased to 15 days. The silver nanoparticles incorporated bioplastics showed lesser soil degradation (37.54%) compared to the virgin bioplastic (49.97 %).
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 3

Page(s): 68 - 73
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