Lipid Functionalized Biopolymers: A Review

Int J Biol Macromol. 2016 Dec;93(Pt A):1057-1068. doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.09.071. Epub 2016 Sep 21.


Lipids are the main source of energy and widely used for various applications. In this review, the modification of lipids by using them in combination with other biomaterials like natural and synthetic polymers is elaborated. These new blends have characteristic features of both polymers and are characterized by different techniques (NMR, DSC, TGA, IR and Raman spectroscopy etc.) to understand their structure, properties and functional behavior. Lipids are hydrophobic, have anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties and thus impart hydrophobicity and flexibility to the polymers. While the polymers, on the other hand, make the lipids tougher. Properties of few polymers such as starch, polyethylene protein and chitosan that have brittleness, low combustion rate and hydrophobicity, are improved by incorporation of lipids ultimately increased their flexibility, combustion rate and hydrophobicity respectively. This review article is also focused on emerging fields for the applications of these composite materials. The most notable application of composite materials are in the field of paint industry.

Keywords: Applications; Functionalized polymers; Lipids.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biocompatible Materials / chemistry*
  • Biocompatible Materials / pharmacology
  • Biopolymers / chemistry*
  • Biopolymers / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Lipids / chemistry*


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Biopolymers
  • Lipids