Proteins as promising biobased building blocks for preparing functional hybrid protein/synthetic polymer nanoparticles
CENCHA, LUISA G.; ALLASIA, MARIANA; RONCO, LUDMILA I.; LUQUE, GISELA C.; PICCHIO, MATÍAS L.; GUGLIOTTA, LUIS M.; MINARI, ROQUE J.
INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMICAL RESEARCH
AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Año: 2021 vol. 60 p. 4745 - 4765
The pursuit of sustainable and environmentally friendly materials has been powered by environmental concerns and the decline in oil reserves. Among the different routes toward this end, the replacement of oil-based materials by renewable materials stands out. In this way, protein based materials have gained interest. This review article summarizes the progress achieved in the synthesis of hybrid protein/synthetic polymer nanoparticles which have the potential to be used in industrial applications. Although technical achievements and efficacy proofs concerning the increased compatibility of polymer/protein are already available, practical implementation in industry still represents an additional challenge and should be the focus of interest in future research. The available literature supports the potential of hybrid protein/polymer nanoparticles in the production of ecofriendly alternatives for large scale applications as coatings, paints, adhesives and films.