Protein-based halochromic electrospun nanosensor for monitoring Trout fish freshness

Aghaei, Zahra, Emadzadeh, Bahareh, Kadkhodaee, Rassoul and Tucker, Nick (2020) Protein-based halochromic electrospun nanosensor for monitoring Trout fish freshness. Food Control, 111 . p. 107065. ISSN 0956-7135

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In the present study, a protein- based halochromic nanosensor was designed to assess the quality of rainbow trout fillets. Zein nanofibers containing alizarin as the indicator dye were electrospun. The sensors were characterised using SEM, FT-IR, DSC, XRD, dye leaching, response time experiments and colorimetric analysis. TVB-N, TVC and pH of fish fillets were also measured over 12 days of storage at 4°C. FT-IR results showed that the alizarin was incorporated in the zein matrix by intermolecular hydrogen bonding. DSC graphs of zein based samples showed that the temperature of dehydration, glass transition and protein unfolding in the halochromic nanofibers were lower than in powdered zein. The amorphous structure of the zein samples was confirmed by XRD analysis. No color changes were occurred in the first 4 days of storage, but later, a light purple color could be observed in the sensor by the naked eye. The color of sensor became magenta by the 10th and 12th day of cold storage indicating spoilage. This fabricated halochromic nanosensor can monitor fish freshness in real time through color changes. The colorimetric results correlated well with microbial and chemical changes in the fish.

Keywords:Alizarin, Electrospinning, Fish freshness, Halochromic sensor, Intelligent packaging
Subjects:H Engineering > H673 Bioengineering
Divisions:College of Science > School of Engineering
ID Code:38659
Deposited On:15 Apr 2021 09:28

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