SRINAGAR: A team led by Dr Vijay Kumar, a faculty member from the Department of Physics at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, has secured a patent from the Government of India for their research project titled “Biodegradable Packaging Film and How to Make It.”

Collaborating with Dr Vijay Kumar were Dr Vishal Sharma from Panjab University Chandigarh, Dr Kashma from DAV College, Sector-10, Chandigarh, and Sonal Choudhary from Panjab University Chandigarh. Together, they obtained a patent for their research titled “Biodegradable Packaging Film and a Process for its Preparation.”

Dr Vijay expressed his satisfaction with this achievement, stating, “It is a significant milestone for us, reflecting our hard work, dedication, and innovative thinking. Developing sustainable solutions has always been our primary focus, and this patent approval reaffirms our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Describing their invention, Dr Vijay highlighted, “Our biodegradable packaging film offers a sustainable alternative to traditional materials, addressing the growing demand for eco-friendly solutions. It comprises agarose, neem gum, hydroxyapatite, and polysorbate 80, all incorporated through a green synthesis process.”

Another team member, Dr Vishal Sharma, emphasised the urgency of finding alternatives to plastic, stating, “Plastics have caused significant harm to the environment, posing risks to humans, animals, and plants. Our goal was to create a packaging film that minimizes environmental impact while maintaining functionality and usability.”

Dr Kashma added, “Our packaging film, made using green methods and materials, offers excellent breathability and flexibility. It keeps food fresh without harmful effects and possesses a translucent appearance suitable for commercial use.”

The team expressed gratitude to all who contributed to their success, acknowledging the support of their research and development team, partners, and supporters.


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