Integrating Antioxidant Functionality into Polymer Materials: Fundamentals, Strategies, and Applications Academic Article uri icon


  • While antioxidants are widely known as natural components of healthy food and drinks or as additives to commercial polymer materials to prevent their degradation, recent years have seen increasing interest in enhancing the antioxidant functionality of newly developed polymer materials and coatings. This paper provides a critical overview and comparative analysis of multiple ways of integrating antioxidants within diverse polymer materials, including bulk films, electrospun fibers, and self-assembled coatings. Polyphenolic antioxidant moieties with varied molecular architecture are in the focus of this Review, because of their abundance, nontoxic nature, and potent antioxidant activity. Polymer materials with integrated polyphenolic functionality offer opportunities and challenges that span from the fundamentals to their applications. In addition to the traditional blending of antioxidants with polymer materials, developments in surface grafting and assembly via noncovalent interaction for controlling localization versus migration of antioxidant molecules are discussed. The versatile chemistry of polyphenolic antioxidants offers numerous possibilities for programmed inclusion of these molecules in polymer materials using not only van der Waals interactions or covalent tethering to polymers, but also via their hydrogen-bonding assembly with neutral molecules. An understanding and rational use of interactions of polyphenol moieties with surrounding molecules can enable precise control of concentration and retention versus delivery rate of antioxidants in polymer materials that are critical in food packaging, biomedical, and environmental applications.

published proceedings

  • ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

author list (cited authors)

  • Brito, J., Hlushko, H., Abbott, A., Aliakseyeu, A., Hlushko, R., & Sukhishvili, S. A

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Brito, Jordan||Hlushko, Hanna||Abbott, Ashleigh||Aliakseyeu, Aliaksei||Hlushko, Raman||Sukhishvili, Svetlana A

publication date

  • September 2021