Unlocking the Potential of Agri-Food Waste for Innovative Applications and Bio-Based Materials

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical and Molecular Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 68

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Department of Chemistry, University of Turin, I-10125 Turin, Italy
Interests: biomass valorisation; process intensification; enabling technologies; biorefineries
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Department of Drug Science and Technology, University of Turin, I-10125 Turin, Italy
Interests: biomass conversion; green chemistry; enabling technologies; circular economy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is devoted to new processes for the valorization of agri-food waste in the frame of circular economy. Indeed, agriculture and food production generate significant amounts of waste, including crop residues, food processing by-products, and expired or unsold food. Rather than letting these materials go to waste, there is a growing interest in finding ways to repurpose them for various innovative applications, such as (but not limited to) biodegradable packaging, biocomposites, textile production, nutraceuticals, animal feed, and sustainable products for agriculture. Future research should address the gap between residues and functional products, exploring the effectiveness of emerging technologies. These innovations enable farmers to optimize resource utilization, reduce waste, and improve crop yields. Environmental sustainability in agriculture is also highlighted, with a focus on technological solutions to minimize soil degradation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

In this Special Issue, we invite submissions exploring cutting-edge research and recent advances in the fields of sustainable processes for waste biomass valorization. Overall, this Special Issue advocates for harnessing the power of technological innovations to enhance resource efficiency and environmental sustainability in agriculture.  

Both research papers and reviews are welcome.

Dr. Silvia Tabasso
Dr. Emanuela Calcio Gaudino
Guest Editors

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  • bio-based polymers
  • agri-food residues
  • enabling technologies
  • bioactive compounds
  • active materials
  • circular economy
  • sustainability

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