A comprehensive NMR methodology to assess the composition of biobased and biodegradable polymers in contact with food

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Title: A comprehensive NMR methodology to assess the composition of biobased and biodegradable polymers in contact with food
Authors: Audrey Gratia , Denis Merlet, Violette Ducruet, Cédric Lyathaud
Date: 2015/05/17
Reference: Analytica Chimica Acta 853 (2015) 477–4852014. Elsevier B.V.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2014.09.046

 

This article shows NMR methodology to assess the composition of different polymers in contact with food which data were processed using the NMR analysis software MestReNova 8.1.4.

A nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) methodology was assessed regarding the identification and quantification of additives in three types of polylactide (PLA) intended as food contact materials. Additives were identified using the LNE/NMR database which clusters NMR datasets on more than 130 substances authorized by European Regulation No. 10/2011. Of the 12 additives spiked in the three types of PLA pellets, 10 were rapidly identified by the database and correlated with spectral comparison. The levels of the 12 additives were estimated using quantitative NMR combined with graphical computation. A comparison with chromatographic methods tended to prove the sensitivity of NMR by demonstrating an analytical difference ofless than 15%. Our results therefore demonstrated the efficiency of the proposed NMR methodology for rapid assessment of the composition of PLA.

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