Current Trends in Biopolymer-Based Films and Coatings for Food Packaging
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2022) | Viewed by 32778
Interests: bioactive compounds; antioxidant activity; functional foods; starch; modifications; biocomposite films; food packaging
Interests: food reformulation; functional foods; meat and dairy analogues; food waste valorisation; consumer attitudes and rapid sensory profiling techniques
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Interests: camel milk; chemistry and characterization of food proteins; lipid chemistry; bioactive peptides; functional foods; nutraceuticals
With the growing concern for the environment and the rising price of crude oil, there is increasing demand for non-petroleum-based polymers from renewable resources. Biopolymer films have been regarded as potential replacements for synthetic films in food packaging applications in response to a strong marketing trend toward environmentally friendly materials. Biopolymer-based films and coatings display good barrier properties, flexibility, transparency, economic profitability, and compatibility with the environment. Therefore, they have successfully been used for packaging various food products. It has been estimated that the global production of bioplastics is set to hike from ~2.11 in 2020 to ~2.87 million tonnes in 2025. Considering the great market demand for biodegradable material-based packaging systems, it is high time for researchers to come up with a suitable solution considering the sustainability and economic feasibility of the process.
The aim of the present Special Issue is to present recent advancements in this field through research and review papers.
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. In particular, the topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
- Biopolymer (protein, polysaccharides and lipids) based eco-friendly food packaging materials;
- Biopolymer-based edible/biodegradable films and coatings for food packaging;
- Biopolymer-based active and intelligent packaging;
- Incorporation of nanomaterials, crosslinkers and plasticisers to improve mechanical, physical, and thermal properties of biopolymers;
- Modifications, functionalisation, and/or blending of biopolymers with other polymers to improve the functional properties of the packaging;
- Incorporation and encapsulation of antimicrobial and bioactive compounds in food packaging to extend the shelf-life of food products;
- Novel approaches to fabricate food packaging films and coatings.
Dr. Sneh Punia
Dr. Simona Grasso
Dr. Sajid Maqsood
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- starch and proteins
- films and coatings
- food packaging