Polymers and Biopolymers: Processing, Coating and Recycling Issues

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Functional Polymer Coatings and Films".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 9111

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Mechanical Engineering Department, Koszalin University of Technology, Raclawicka 15-17, 75-620 Koszalin, Poland
Interests: polymer processing and recycling; biopolymers; composites; environment; degradation; food processing and packaging

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Scotland’s Rural College, Biorefining and Advanced Materials Research Centre, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK
Interests: biorefining, chemistry, nanotechnology, biomass and waste; biomedical engineering; composites; sensors; manufacturing of functional materials; aerospace materials; nanomaterials; renewable energy; smart materials; surface engineering; water science and engineering; additive manufacturing of polymers and composites; multifunctional polymer composites and nanocomposites: self-healing, nanoelectronic materials; hydrogels; membranes; nanofiber; composites for extreme environments and manufacturing technology
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Dear Colleagues,

Plastics, bioplastics and various types of composites are very commonly used in our lives. They are sometimes used as coatings and sometimes they are themselves coated with a variety of materials, e.g., painted or metallized coatings, and they are sometimes a part of sandwich structures. Plastics and the items made from them, especially packaging, very quickly become unusable waste. The issues of producing environmentally friendly items and waste management are very important and interesting. Composites and products coated with various protective decorative layers are of particular interest—recycling these can be problematic.

Nowadays, we are faced with the challenges associated with the growing amount of waste, especially disposable packaging caused by the COVID-19 disease. We will have to deal with this problem in the coming years. Feel free to publish the results of research and review articles covering the processing and recycling of plastics and composites, especially those containing various coatings.

Submissions to this Special Issue of Coatings entitled “Polymers and Biopolymers: Processing, Coating and Recycling Issues” are sought after.

Prof. Dr. Tomasz Rydzkowski
Prof. Dr. Vijay Kumar thakur
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  • polymers
  • processing
  • coatings
  • biopolymers
  • recycling
  • environment

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Towards Impact of Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) on Shelf-Life of Polymer-Film-Packed Food Products: Challenges and Sustainable Developments
by Krzysztof Czerwiński, Tomasz Rydzkowski, Jolanta Wróblewska-Krepsztul and Vijay Kumar Thakur
Coatings 2021, 11(12), 1504; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings11121504 - 06 Dec 2021
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In this article, we report in detail the use of protective gases to extend the shelf-life of polymer-film-packed foodstuff and reduce the most typical bacteria and microorganisms that negatively affect the quality and lifetime of a given packaging. This article provides significant information [...] Read more.
In this article, we report in detail the use of protective gases to extend the shelf-life of polymer-film-packed foodstuff and reduce the most typical bacteria and microorganisms that negatively affect the quality and lifetime of a given packaging. This article provides significant information about the most important advantages of using protective gases and examples of gases or gas mixtures which can be used for almost every kind of foodstuff depending on the application. We also discuss how protective gases change the level of microorganisms in food using gases and how the shelf-life of food can be enhanced using correct gases or gas mixtures. The article also provides imperative information on the selection of correct protective gases for specific applications, especially for food production, to preserve against the most typical threats which can appear during the packaging or production process. Packaging innovations can reduce the environmental impact of food and polymer packaging waste by prolonging products’ shelf-lives and by reducing waste along the production and distribution chain and at the household level. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymers and Biopolymers: Processing, Coating and Recycling Issues)
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