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Biopolymers in Nano and Micro Scales for Food Biotechnology Application

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Macromolecules".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 1647

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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The utilization of biomaterials, especially biopolymers (in nano- and micro-scales), has widened their applications in the food industry. Designing new and innovative foods, packages, beverages, and antimicrobial/antifungal agents and creating novel functional food formulations or cutting-edge devices are just a few of their applications.

Modern food-grade biopolymers allow for the modulation of food matrices and their functional characteristics. In different forms, biopolymers can target delivery and safeguard a particular biomolecule or living cells (enzymes, probiotics) inside the food matrix. These bio-polymers are intended to satisfy several characteristics such as carriers, target/multistage delivery, foam formation, conjugates of biomolecules, gelling systems, colloid formation, etc.; all foods, beverages, and innovative packages are acceptable matrices.

This Special Issue will cover all these potential food and beverage applications of nano- and micro-scale biopolymers, and welcomes the submission of reviews and original research articles.

Dr. Oana Lelia Pop
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • polymers
  • biopolymers
  • food
  • micro-scale
  • nanoscale
  • composites
  • biosynthesis
  • antimicrobial
  • antifungal
  • food texture

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Use of Chitosan-Based Polyelectrolyte Complexes for Its Potential Application in Active Food Packaging: A Review of Recent Literature
by Nancy Alvarado, Romina L. Abarca and Cristian Linares-Flores
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2023, 24(14), 11535; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms241411535 - 16 Jul 2023
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The current challenges in the food packaging field are, on one side, replacing plastic from non-renewable sources with biopolymers and, on the other hand, generating a packaging material with attractive properties for the consumer. Currently, the consumer is ecologically concerned; the food packaging [...] Read more.
The current challenges in the food packaging field are, on one side, replacing plastic from non-renewable sources with biopolymers and, on the other hand, generating a packaging material with attractive properties for the consumer. Currently, the consumer is ecologically concerned; the food packaging industry must think ahead to satisfy their needs. In this context, the utilization of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) in this industry presents itself as an excellent candidate for fulfilling these requirements. PECs possess enticing characteristics such as encapsulation, protection, and transportation, among others. On the other hand, diverse types of biopolymers have been used in the formation of PECs, such as alginate, cellulose, gelatin, collagen, and so on. Hence, this paper reviews the use of PECs in food packaging where chitosan forms polyelectrolyte complexes. Full article
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