Edible Functionalized Protein Films and Coatings: Engineering Tomorrow's Sustainable Food Packaging Solutions

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2024 | Viewed by 873

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Food Science and Engineering, Dunarea de Jos University of Galati, 800201 Galati, Romania
Interests: sustainable food packaging; food safety; sustainable food technology

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National Research and Development Institute for Food Bioresources, Bucharest, Romania
Interests: food packaging and food contact materials; food safety and food security; food technology; analysis of contaminants; circular economy; food waste

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1. Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 1-7 Gh. Polizu St., 011061 Bucharest, Romania
2. Academy of Romanian Scientists, 54 Splaiul Independenței St., Bucharest, Romania
Interests: bio(nano)materials; synthesis methods; materials processing and design; advanced coatings; tissue engineering; drug delivery; characterization methods
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The future of food packaging is shaped by the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs), including through the innovative use of functionalized proteins to obtain edible packaging. This is becoming a popular choice for perishable food items, preserving both their nutritional value and sensorial characteristics while ensuring food safety. Therefore, a forward-thinking approach to develop eco-friendly and efficient packaging for the food industry is needed.

This Special Issue, Edible Functionalized Protein Films and Coatings: Engineering Tomorrow's Sustainable Food Packaging Solutions, aims to present original research articles and reviews addressing both challenges and strategies for obtaining sustainable whey-based packaging solutions. We invite researchers to submit manuscripts on the following topics and their related areas:

  • The development and characterization of sustainable whey-based packaging for improved barrier and mechanical properties;
  • Functionalized whey proteins with antimicrobials, antioxidants, or other functional compounds for smart food packaging solutions, emphasizing their mechanism of action;
  • Valorization of whey and other by-products in biodegradable packaging based on circular economy principles;
  • Biocompatibility between innovative composite whey packaging and different food matrices;
  • Generating added value to food stakeholders through innovative whey-based food packaging solutions.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Iulia Bleoanca
Dr. Gabriel Mustatea
Prof. Dr. Anton Ficai
Guest Editors

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  • sustainability
  • edible films and coatings
  • protein valorisation into packaging materials
  • functionalized protein packaging for food
  • active packaging
  • circular economy

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